Would you speculate that a man had distinguished himself a bit if he had the following published and marketed about him:
Albright, William F. Yahweh and ...
Yes, I would, although I'm being charitable here. Strictly speaking, it was others that distinguished Jesus, beginning with Paul and the Gospel writers, and continuing through Constantine to the many authors you cited. Jesus the legend is well known today, but I can't say that Jesus himself had much to do with it. I think he was a fairly undistinguished person made into an icon after his death. My position has never been that the man's life didn't become distinguished by others. It was and is that he was not as wise as you imply, and that his life's words and deeds including those you cited were unimpressive.
What story am I telling, and what evidence have you offered against it?I see your sticking with your story, evidence be damned.
I say that Jesus was not particularly wise, does not impress me as somebody that was likely better than tens of thousands of other people in his time or before, and is notable (distinguished from others) not because of what he said and did, but because of what others that came later said and did. Is that a story?
What evidence have you offered apart from examples of Jesus' words and deeds that you but not I found wise and/or impressive, and a long list of people that helped distinguish the Jesus icon with their books?
[@ Riverside Redneck - note the framing. My position is a "story" that requires that "evidence be damned" to tell. Now that you are alerted to its existence, you'll be prepared to see just how much of this charged language Buck uses, albeit not always as subtly as with framing. He'll often do your thinking for you overtly, such as when he announces that he is the victor and his disputant is an idiot. Even when you can't identify it explicitly and overtly, you can feel it. You can sense the difference between an argument delivered relatively dispassionately and comprising principally statements of fact - one intended to persuade with evidence and reason - and one intended to persuade with charged language.]