Alexander the Great, Hannibal Barca, Julius Ceaser, Pompey, Xerxes... Want more?
Written accounts of contemporary historians, friends, enemies, written accounts of their actions, artifacts and archaeological evidence. None of these exist for the character of Jesus.
Well, I think we have written accounts of friends covered with Jesus. There is apparently a mention by Josephus, although I've never read up on it. What artefacts would there be pointing to Jesus to find? Although I did read some where that the headboard from the cross still exists somewhere.
If you die tomorrow and none of your enemies comment on your life but your friends do, I don't see how that lessens your existence or proof of it.
Well, I know I'm late getting into the fro, but I still have some info in mind.
To begin with, we have written accounts of friends covered with Jesus? It is the way you have worded it, but I'm thinking of people who have JC's flesh wrapped around them like JC is actually an article of clothing. May need to re-word that.
Josephus is a 1st Century Jewish historian who would detail everything concerning the Jewish history. Here's a wikipedia article:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephus
Now, despite the fact that he was a historian, he is not a reliable source of information of a Jesus existing and here's why:
1. Look at the year he was born. 37 a.d. So, if we were to interpret Christ the way Christians described him, Jesus would have already left Earth 4 years before he was even born, and since Josephus didn't point to any evidence, but only made a mention of Christ, crucified under Pontious Pilate, he is only a hearsay account at best. Hearsay, is not a reliable historical source of information.
2. Josephus writing this stuff, already had to deal with thousands of "Gospels" already, so when he made such a broad generalized statement of a Jesus, he could have been talking about the Gnostic Jesus, or from the Gospel of Thomas, or Judas or the other myriads that were already around before Catholicism deemed them heretical and ordered to burn them.
What artifacts could point to a Christ existing? Easy, there is the tomb of Jesus for starters. Problem is, we can't get that. There is as you said, that board above the cross, or the cross itself. There is also the crown of thorns, the robes, the Spear of Destiny (rumored to be on a sunken German Nazi U-boat, still has yet to be proven), something as simplistic as a birth or death certificate, or maybe the house or stable that Jesus lived in or was born. We don't know what happened to that gold, frankensince, and myrrh. Let us even be more broad and let us say either of the Arks (Ark of the Covenant and Noah's Ark), Moses' staff, the stone tablets containing the 10 Commandments.
Point being is that there is so much out there that could prove the existence of Christ or even "God" easily, yet the problem is, with how advanced we are with our technology and how intelligent we have become to find any 1 of these things, all of this excavating and researching and we haven't even found 1 of anything I have (or you have for that matter) written about. ALL of our searching non-stop, and ALL we can find is a freaking Shroud of Turin that has been long disproven. That Shroud of Turin is all Christianity has to reside on for evidence, and with the excavating, it has proven to be a dud, so what does that tell you? Do you see why you have to have faith to believe in what you believe instead of evidence?
I just want you to know I haven't even touched the surface of how Christianity is a lie that is founded upon hatred and fear, and that Christianity is also a plagiarism of many of the belief systems beforehand. Since you are a Christian, I'd rather attack the Christianity before the Theism first, because even if you can prove Theism to be True, Christianity is 100% impossible to be True.