There is one huge difference, and you are either missing it because you are being dishonest or because you are so dedicated to your cause that you are capable of easily deceiving yourself.<quoted text>
That isn't the point and you know it.
You readily accept what historians and scholars say about Plato, Socrates, Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, etc.
Then you deny them when it come to 'the Jesus!'.
That's hypocritical and biased, plain and simple.
Jesus is claimed to be a god. None of those other men are. An entire religion does not depend on the life of plato. The alleged salvation of billions of souls does not depend on socrates. None of these other men would have had the capability to make their existence known to history with a snap of their fingers. I can easily think of many reasons why the jesus character might have been manufactured, intentionally or unintentionally. There is no way to differentiate your jesus from other psuedo historical god-men. In short, when we are dealing with such an extraordinary claim, we require extraordinary proof.