I understand where fundamentalists are coming from – really I do. Hypothetically, I would still choose to follow Jesus even if He turned out to be a ‘myth’. To me, Jesus is more real than ‘reality’, for which I have a fundamental distrust.
I think the problem of Biblical literalists is that they see the Bible, rather than Jesus, as the Word of God. This, in my opinion, is a form of idolatry which is not even Biblically supported. The Bible is ‘inspired’ but not dictated by God. Mere mortals sometimes get things wrong – even with the best of intentions.
The Bible is authoritative, certainly. But inerrant, certainly not. Even the different versions of the Bible often contradict each other. Which one then would be the ‘true’ Word?
Answer: “Because I am baptized in the name of God the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” - John Calvin (from his catechism)