Father Enrico Righi, a priest who denounced the writer of The Fable of Christ in his parish newsletter, has been ordered by a judge to prove that Christ existed in order to win the case bought against him by the books author.
The author, Luigi Cascioli, maintains in his book that the only evidence for Christ's existence is through the Gospels, which Christians believed by faith. Non-biblical sources were from a time after the life of Christ and therefore unreliable.
Cascioli says that many had confused the identity of Jesus with that of John of Gamala, a first century insurgent who was anti-Jewish. Father Righi argues that there is ample historical proof on his side and he has one month to offer it to the court.