Beyond the Quest for the Historical Jesus is now high on my must-read list! It's the ultimate in courage when someone whose livelihood depends on a religion comes out against it. It's costing him his life-long profession and probably dozens of personal relationships. I applaud his courage "coming out," though apparently he's been dancing around the topic in his publishing career.
In general, I'm surprised at the total-mythicist stance, i.e. that Jesus never existed at all. I had kind of assumed that Jesus had been a rabbi with a bit of a following who did get crucified, but whose "resurrection" was more like Elvis sightings.
I'm currently reading a self-published book that synthesizes the research and arguments behind the mythicist position:
Nailed: Ten Christian Myths that Show Jesus Never Existed by David Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald also validates my opinion that John is the Republican gospel. I've noticed that the least "Christian" Christians tend to put more faith in John and quote John more often than any of the other gospels. Quite the eye-opener, with references for deeper reading. John's Jesus is no poor-loving meek-inheriting Jesus. He's Superhero Jesus!
I was planning to review this book by Fitzgerald but every page (or Kindle screen) is so packed with information I'll just recommend it for anyone wanting an overview of the problems in the whole "Christ was a Real Person" idea. (There are many!)