Atheists are forever claiming that the Bible in general and the New Testament in particular is a giant conspiracy, filled to the breaking point with lies, and / or that Jesus was a liar, as were the disciples as was the mysterious writer himself. The New Testament, say atheists, is a colossal fiction.
In response to this, C. S. Lewis says, "Some unknown writer without predecessors or successors, suddenly anticipated the whole techniques of modern novelistic realistic narrative writing."
Why does he say that? It is only in the last 400 years that fiction has come to include details and dialogue and reads like an eyewitness account. In Jesus’ time fiction was almost devoid of detail and only included detail to drive plot or character. The type of detail and realism found in the Gospels was NEVER found in ancient fiction like the Iliad or Beowulf. The only reason the writers of the Gospels would have included the details they did was because their accounts are factual.