Jesus Made Up By Romans: Film at 11
Heard about the latest Internet sensation? It appears that it has been “proven” that Christianity was made up by the Romans as a tool of social control over those pesky Jews. According to the U.K.‘s Daily Mail:
An American scholar claims to have made a controversial discovery that proves the entire story of Jesus was made up by Roman aristocrats.
Joseph Atwill asserts that Christianity did not start as a religion, but was instead created as a sophisticated propaganda tool to pacify subjects of the Roman Empire.
He says he noticed a pattern forming when he was studying the only surviving account of first-century Judea, which he claims contains dozens of parallels between the life of a Roman emperor and that of Jesus in the New Testament.
Mr Atwill argues that these ancient ‘confessions’ provide ‘clear evidence’ that the biography of Jesus is ‘actually constructed, tip to stern, on prior stories, but especially on the biography of a Roman Caesar’.
Mr Atwill accepts that his theory will upset some believers but is confident that it will be accepted in good time.
Mr Atwill said: ‘I present my work with some ambivalence as I do not want to directly cause Christians any harm, but this is important for our culture.
‘Alert citizens need to know the truth about our past so we can understand how and why governments create false histories and false gods.
‘They often do it to obtain a social order that is against the best interests of the common people.’
Gee, thanks for the heads-up. I don’t know if Atwill is a 9/11 Truther, an Obama birth certificate “Birther,” an Illuminati-Bilderberg-Rosicrucian conspiracy theorist, an Occupy Wall Streeter, a UFOlogist, or any of a thousand other kinds of Internet nut cases, but one thing he isn’t is the “Bible scholar” the headline proclaims him to be. According to his own web site, he’s a lapsed Catholic, a rich dilettante with too much time on his hands, and a guy with the resources to put his ridiculous ideas on film. His book–a vanity publication–has evidently been out for several years, and drawn no attention, so he’s decided to get himself some publicity by making a movie, and the Daily Mail obliges him, so that now it’s on several Amazon best-seller lists (albeit rather restricted ones). This cockamamie nonsense hasn’t gotten significant attention in the American press yet, but just wait–it won’t be long before this will be the latest thing in the unending stream of “here’s the real dope on Christianity” hypes.
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