In an embarrassing slip up, a "scholar" has presented a theory that finally proves that Jesus never existed at all in October. Oops. As a rule, "scholars" don't offer those theories (along with a book and a documentary) until right around Holy Week.
But perhaps to avoid the crush of theories proving either that Jesus wasn't a God or perhaps wasn't even a person that often comes out around Easter, one American scholar has jumped the gun. It shows me that this "scholar" may not be a scholar at all. It could show a lack of confidence in his own theory to go up against all the other crackpot theories and he's seeking to corner the market months early. To me, it shows an unfortunate lack of timing. I mean, who cares that Jesus didn't really exist in October.
Hey, you come out with this theory in April, CNN will be interviewing you about anything and everything from religion stories to following police chases in California. In October, he just gets The 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.A propaganda tool? Sheesh, you'd think if the Romans were so freaking smart, they might still have an empire. But they don't. That might tell us something.
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'.
You know, if folks are coming out with this in October, I can't wait to see what they have prepared for Easter.