Arguably, this is the saying which defines our age. In earlier ages (so the thinking goes), men were ignorant, and thus superstitious. Being superstitious, men created gods to explain what they could not understand. The modern era began when mankind realized that understanding comes through science, and threw away the crutch of religion. In the modern age, God is dead.
If scientific knowledge has indeed done away with God, then the historical circumstances of the death and resurrection of Jesus can have no evidential value—it is simply impossible that a non-existent God could have raised a man from the dead. Therefore, before investing a great deal of time in historical research, it is important to investigate the claims of atheistic science.
We’ll begin by having the foremost scientist of the twentieth century define the first principles of science.