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Ancient confession found: 'We invented Jesus Christ'

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#1 Hudders



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Posted 08 October 2013 - 11:56 PM

Here. :book:

#2 Fortigurn



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Posted 09 October 2013 - 01:03 AM

lol, comedy duo Atwill and Humphreys. Even Robert Price threw out Atwill's case as imaginative fabrication.

#3 Ken Gilmore

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 07:45 AM

Wait. These guys are serious?


Edited by Ken Gilmore, 09 October 2013 - 07:47 AM.

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” - Galileo Galilei

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 08:13 AM

The quality of the evidence we'll be presenting may surprise you.

Or not. :D/> Atwill is an independently wealthy non-scholar without any formal training in any relevant field, who has been attempting for around the last ten years to revive the thoroughly lunatic and completely insignificant work of Abelard Reuchlin (from around 1979), which claims the New Testament was the product of the Roman aristocracy (using Josephus as a ghost writer), to create Christianity in order to pacify and control the Jews in a massive socio-psychological warfare campaign.

Atwill's theory is so unburdened by facts and scholarship that even Robert Price (a real scholar, though a maverick who is very partial to outlandish theories), ridiculed Atwill's work in his review of it.

* 'Such a statement is only a damning self-condemnation, revealing the author’s own absolute inability to appreciate what he is reading'

* 'Of such airy bricks is Atwill’s cloudy castle built'

* 'No, it is Atwill himself whose creation demonstrates the limitless possibilities of perverse and gratuitous interpretations of the text'

* 'The reading given here is just ludicrous'

There's nothing new about this, it's just so wacky it has been forgotten about for 30 years. See also here and here. Atwill's theory is so crazy that atheists are backing away from him complaining he's giving skepticism a bad name.

Edited by Fortigurn, 14 October 2013 - 10:15 PM.

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