Looks like the whole debate over whether or not Jesus actually existed is about to be settled once and for all in an Italian court:
The case against Father Enrico Righi has been brought in the town of Viterbo, north of Rome, by Luigi Cascioli, a retired agronomist who once studied for the priesthood but later became a militant atheist.
Signor Cascioli, author of a book called The Fable of Christ, began legal proceedings against Father Righi three years ago after the priest denounced Signor Cascioli in the parish newsletter for questioning Christ’s historical existence.
Yesterday Gaetano Mautone, a judge in Viterbo, set a preliminary hearing for the end of this month and ordered Father Righi to appear. The judge had earlier refused to take up the case, but was overruled last month by the Court of Appeal, which agreed that Signor Cascioli had a reasonable case for his accusation that Father Righi was “abusing popular credulity”.
Yeah, I know this case doesn’t really have a chance of settling the dispute simply because so many folks will continue to
be delusional believe regardless of whether or not it can be definitively proven one way or the other. That’s just one of those things about being highly credulous. Still, it should make for some amusing theater while it lasts.