Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Ultimate Conspiracy Theory

The Daily Mail reports:
An American scholar claims to have made a controversial discovery that proves the entire story of Jesus was fabricated 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.
Atwill came to this conclusion after reading Josephus' account of "The Wars of the Jews":
'What seems to have eluded many scholars is that the sequence of events and locations of Jesus ministry are more or less the same as the sequence of events and locations of the military campaign of [Emperor] Titus Flavius as described by Josephus. 
'This is clear evidence of a deliberately constructed pattern.  
'The biography of Jesus is actually constructed, tip to stern, on prior stories, but especially on the biography of a Roman Caesar.'
The story adds:
Atwill does not believe that this is the end of Christianity, but hopes his work will give half-believers a reason to 'make a clean break'. 
'We've got the evidence now to show exactly where the story of Jesus came from,' he says.
'Although Christianity can be a comfort to some, it can also be very damaging and repressive, an insidious form of mind control that has led to blind acceptance of serfdom, poverty, and war throughout history.
'To this day, especially in the United States, it is used to create support for war in the Middle East.'
Well, Atwill certainly doesn't have an ax to grind, does he.

By his reasoning, I guess we can discount the whole story of Napoleon, since his invasion of Russia took place in many of the same places as the WWII German invasion, and followed much of the same sequence. In fact, the Russian winter played an important part in the destruction of Germany's army as well as the mythical Napoleonic army. Wow. I've uncovered a massive conspiracy designed to make post-WWII France more amenable to joining NATO. I wonder if Atwill would be willing to co-author a paper with me?

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