(I put a TL;DR note at the bottom in case you want to work through this fast)
So this past weekend I was talking about a conversion story I had read with a good friend of mine. Her brother who is an atheists was in the room. He seemed interested in the story since it was about a Christian man who converted to Islam then to Protestantism and finally made his way to the Catholic faith. He made a comment saying to was a strange place for him to end up because the Catholic Church is . . . (he trailed off/ I don’t remember his objection).
I replied that the Catholic Church is the original Church and can trace itself back to the original apostles and to Jesus Christ. It was just a brief sound bite to let him know that the Catholic Church is the original Church with the fullness of Truth and thus it isn’t that strange the someone who really looked for the truth and researched like the gentleman from the conversation story would end up Catholic.
Now to the point my friend’s brother said that it was interesting because there are no written records of anyone named Jesus Christ being crucified. He said that the Romans were very good at things including bureaucracy and often kept records on things like crucifixions. Thus it is very strange that there is not a record for Christ’s.
My reply was “Isn’t it possible the record was lost or destroyed? Are you saying that just because we are unable to find a written record by the Romans that it is untrue? Do you believe that just because there isn’t a written record for something that makes it untrue or means it never happened?”
My friend replied that there may not have been a record because it wasn’t overly official. The events were more whirlwind than ordered so it isn’t likely someone would remember to be taking notes on the happenings.
I think I proved the error in his logic because he ended up at least agreeing that just because there isn’t a written record doesn’t necessarily mean the event never happened. I also pointed out that Jesus is mentioned in other works from Non-Christians of the time but I didn’t remember any of the writings.
While taking with an atheists I was approached with an objection I have never heard that the Romans were great record keepers (masters of bureaucracy) thus it is very strange that Christ’s crucifixion wasn’t recorded. Implying that it is possible that the act of Jesus being crucified never historically happened. Also mild implication of Jesus not being historically real.
So the questions:
Where else was Jesus mentioned throughout historical writings by Non-Christains? (I have heard it before I just don’t remember)
Also have you ever heard the objection of Romans being awesome record keepers and thus the missing records for Jesus’s Crucifixion are a stumbling block for someone?
Thank you and God Bless.