"We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, [...]an article in the Sydney Morning Herald claiming that the portrayal of Pilate in the canonical Gospels is not credible when compared with other historic accounts of this figure.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate."
Murray Smith (my brother) has written an excellent reply also published in the SMH over the weekend.
History matters to Christianity. If the Gospels are no more than inspiring fables, then Jesus may entertain, stimulate or even illuminate us, but he cannot save us.