Believe me, I strongly debated posting this article, but as a venue of debate about the vagaries and intersections of myth, legend and history it is a part of what we do. All evidence should be considered equally.
For a variety of reasons I will recuse myself from comment. Likely there will be plenty..
The full article is available at UK.PRWeb.Com
Ancient Confession Found: ‘We Invented Jesus Christ’
Biblical scholars will be appearing at the ‘Covert Messiah’ Conference at Conway Hall in London on the 19th of October to present this controversial discovery to the British public.
American Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill will be appearing before the British public for the first time in London on the 19th of October to present a controversial new discovery: ancient confessions recently uncovered now prove, according to Atwill, that the New Testament was written by first-century Roman aristocrats and that they fabricated the entire story of Jesus Christ. His presentation will be part of a one-day symposium entitled “Covert Messiah” at Conway Hall in Holborn (full details can be found at http://www.covertmessiah.com).
Although to many scholars his theory seems outlandish, and is sure to upset some believers, Atwill regards his evidence as conclusive and is confident its acceptance is only a matter of time. “I present my work with some ambivalence, as I do not want to directly cause Christians any harm,” he acknowledges, “but this is important for our culture.
I have made my personal views on religion plain for all to see. But I do not confuse the message with the man, or more to the point what was done with the message by those who followed. What Jesus actually can be quoted as saying in the text of the bible should be a lesson to all of us regardless if he existed or not. What has been done with that message is another matter. For the record, I have the same opinion of Buddha, Jehova, Zeus, Odin, Ra, or any other deity.
Atwill encourages skeptics to challenge him at Conway Hall, where after the presentations there is likely to be a lively Q&A session. Joining Mr.Atwill will be fellow scholar Kenneth Humphreys, author of the book “Jesus Never Existed.”
Lively Q&A session… Ya think?
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