Shermer: Jesus was not the only messiah at the time. There were lots of messiahs. In fact, there was another fellow named Apollonius of Tyana, who, in the first century, was claimed, by his followers, that he healed the sick, he raised the dead, he was able to walk through walls and buildings, that he was, in fact, persecuted for his religious beliefs, he was brought to trial by the local Roman courts, he was crucified, and after he died, he, we are told, ascended to Heaven, and he came back where his followers saw him. This is not the Jesus story, this is Apollonius of Tyana. Who the heck is that?