If the Gospels are fictitious, it is almost as if their authors set out deliberately to create the greatest difficulties for themselves: “Hey, let’s claim that Jesus was divine; that’ll offend Jews!” “Great idea, but let’s also call him Lord: that’ll offend the Romans and get us persecuted for failing to ascribe that title only to Caesar.” “What about claiming he was crucified? That’ll annoy everybody.

Andy Bannister, The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist (Or: The Dreadful Consequences of Bad Arguments)