No, you failed to grasp the value of eye witness accounts, and the tiny amount of value they have is lost when the "witness" dies, and there can be no value if it is written second hand. Not to mention that eye witnesses themselves have to prove demonstrably reliable before their accounts can be regarded as even possibly factual. Thought experiment:<quoted text>
My apologies. I don't quite grasp your definition of an eye witness. I was assuming that you could be an eyewitness to an event and be dead. You are correct, there is no one currently alive who is available to give us an eyewitness testimony. However, we do have accounts from eyewitnesses recorded.
I come to you, online, and state I saw a tyrannosaur walking down the street. How would you regard that eye witness testimony?
Say I state that hundreds of other people saw it as well. Would that change the validity?(this is as far as your biblical ones get, by the way)
Okay, so I get these hundreds of people to actually come online and tell you that. Do you still believe that a real tyrannosaur walked down the street?(I hope not, if so, you are gullible)
Okay, so then I get all the people and myself to tell you in person. Now do you believe the story?(I still hope not, you'd still be gullible)
Now, I pull up images of the tyrannosaur and even some footprints. Is it believable?(not yet)
Then I show you the actual tyrannosaur. Now you can say without any doubt that you saw it. Does that still make our testimonies believable? Nope, any rational and intelligent person would still doubt it, because we know they're extinct, so to have a live one wandering about would probably get national recognition, as in millions of people seeing it. Without that, there's no way to know for certain.