The reason that I think that there are atheists who avoid the results of historical research such as the fact of Jesus crucifixion.....
The fact? Please......explain.
......is because I have spoken to atheists who go to bizarre lengths to avoid dealing with it. Some have told me it was all made up hundreds of years later by Constantine.
So? You have spoken to a couple of non-theists who have said such things; what does that mean or matter? Not only are atheists not
an organization or "belief system", but if we were, how did these few people you spoke with get to be our spokesperson?
They were partly correct though; not one thing was recorded during the alleged time of the alleged Jesus character's life. Remember that, not one
thing. We have manufactured an impression of a Jesus character through time (and Hollywood has helped), but what was
written about him was indeed something like 30-120 years after his alleged death. Not exactly something I'd want to organize my life around, unless I was a mindless follower of the masses.
And yes, the wee little cult that was Christianity would have evaporated (like all the others) in short order if Constantine didn't make it the official religion under his rule. And you might want to do some research as to why
he did that.