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Well...I'm sure this will stir up a whole lot of trouble.

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.

London (PRWEB UK) 8 October 2013

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. 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."

Atwill asserts that Christianity did not really begin as a religion, but a sophisticated government project, a kind of propaganda exercise used to pacify the subjects of the Roman Empire. "Jewish sects in Palestine at the time, who were waiting for a prophesied warrior Messiah, were a constant source of violent insurrection during the first century," he explains. "When the Romans had exhausted conventional means of quashing rebellion, they switched to psychological warfare. They surmised that the way to stop the spread of zealous Jewish missionary activity was to create a competing belief system. That's when the 'peaceful' Messiah story was invented. Instead of inspiring warfare, this Messiah urged turn-the-other-cheek pacifism and encouraged Jews to 'give onto Caesar' and pay their taxes to Rome."

Was Jesus based on a real person from history? "The short answer is no," Atwill insists, "in fact he may be the only fictional character in literature whose entire life story can be traced to other sources. Once those sources are all laid bare, there's simply nothing left."

Atwill's most intriguing discovery came to him while he was studying "Wars of the Jews" by Josephus [the only surviving first-person historical account of first-century Judea] alongside the New Testament. "I started to notice a sequence of parallels between the two texts," he recounts. "Although it's been recognised by Christian scholars for centuries that the prophesies of Jesus appear to be fulfilled by what Josephus wrote about in the First Jewish-Roman war, I was seeing dozens more. 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."

How could this go unnoticed in the most scrutinised books of all time? "Many of the parallels are conceptual or poetic, so they aren't all immediately obvious. After all, the authors did not want the average believer to see what they were doing, but they did want the alert reader to see it. An educated Roman in the ruling class would probably have recognised the literary game being played." Atwill maintains he can demonstrate that "the Roman Caesars left us a kind of puzzle literature that was meant to be solved by future generations, and the solution to that puzzle is 'We invented Jesus Christ, and we're proud of it.'"

Is this the beginning of the end of Christianity? "Probably not," grants Atwill, "but what my work has done is give permission to many of those ready to leave the religion to make a clean break. We've got the evidence now to show exactly where the story of Jesus came from. 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."

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."

Further information can be found at http://www.covertmessiah.com.

About Joseph Atwill: Joseph Atwill is the author of the best-selling book "Caesar's Messiah" and its upcoming sequel "The Single Strand."

http://uk.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11201273.htm

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Interesting stuff, I was one of those who thought it likely that Jesus existed as an exalted, charming leader to a certain influential group of people. Will have to read Atwill's stuff, I doubt it proves or disproves anything but will be worth the read I am sure.

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Before any Christians, non-Christians, and atheists take their stance on this "news", I urge you all to read a little more on Atwill and this whole "We Invented Jesus Christ."

Like any stance one takes, don't simply read one article to base your opinion. I am all for intelligent debate, but a lot of atheists and theorists are questioning Atwill's conference as it is. Finally, as Russell Glasser, rotating host of the Atheist Experience, pointed out, "real scholars don't spring the evidence on their audiences by press release or by public lecture — it is first reviewed by independent scholars for authenticity."

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Before any Christians, non-Christians, and atheists take their stance on this "news", I urge you all to read a little more on Atwill and this whole "We Invented Jesus Christ."

Like any stance one takes, don't simply read one article to base your opinion. I am all for intelligent debate, but a lot of atheists and theorists are questioning Atwill's conference as it is. Finally, as Russell Glasser, rotating host of the Atheist Experience, pointed out, "real scholars don't spring the evidence on their audiences by press release or by public lecture — it is first reviewed by independent scholars for authenticity."

pretty much. sounds like he's trying to get a movie deal.
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Before any Christians, non-Christians, and atheists take their stance on this "news", I urge you all to read a little more on Atwill and this whole "We Invented Jesus Christ."

Like any stance one takes, don't simply read one article to base your opinion. I am all for intelligent debate, but a lot of atheists and theorists are questioning Atwill's conference as it is. Finally, as Russell Glasser, rotating host of the Atheist Experience, pointed out, "real scholars don't spring the evidence on their audiences by press release or by public lecture — it is first reviewed by independent scholars for authenticity."

Aye. A truly unbiased and professional scholar wouldn't go about it in this manner; I have my doubts about the authenticity of this. Wait to see what happens.

But regardless of authenticity, we all know this guy has succeeded in pissing off a lot of the more radical Jesus freaks. Death threats and more inbound!

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Of all the teachings of the church, I am pretty sure that the fact that Jesus existed is one of the most widely accepted beliefs, there are numerous things pointing to this fact. I know many non christians and atheists who aknolwdege that he existed. The main point of contention of course was whether he was just a man or something more than that. I don`t think this will make much of a difference for those who believe. There are those that always try to make new and outlandish claims on both sides of this debate to stir up attention.

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What a blowhard. I'm not Christian or anything like that, but this guy needs to keep his opinions to himself. Everyone has to go through their own journey in life and yes, some people actually do need religion. Yes it may be full of holes, but it has lots of goodness in it, it has helped a lot of people. He needs to let people make their own decisions. I hope this guy gets blown out of the water.

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Before any Christians, non-Christians, and atheists take their stance on this "news", I urge you all to read a little more on Atwill and this whole "We Invented Jesus Christ."

Like any stance one takes, don't simply read one article to base your opinion. I am all for intelligent debate, but a lot of atheists and theorists are questioning Atwill's conference as it is. Finally, as Russell Glasser, rotating host of the Atheist Experience, pointed out, "real scholars don't spring the evidence on their audiences by press release or by public lecture — it is first reviewed by independent scholars for authenticity."

I could be wrong here but it seems that Atwill hase been peer-reviewed (albeit the article indicated the responses were negative) and the article indicates that this is Atwill's first appearance in the UK, not ever. I agree with Glasser's opinion on review by independent scholars for authenticity but does that apply to this case?

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What a blowhard. I'm not Christian or anything like that, but this guy needs to keep his opinions to himself. Everyone has to go through their own journey in life and yes, some people actually do need religion. Yes it may be full of holes, but it has lots of goodness in it, it has helped a lot of people. He needs to let people make their own decisions. I hope this guy gets blown out of the water.

You sound like a gnostic Christian.

Wherein, even made up stories are a valued path to enlightenment.

Just understand that to most you will sound like an anti-intellectual.

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What a blowhard. I'm not Christian or anything like that, but this guy needs to keep his opinions to himself. Everyone has to go through their own journey in life and yes, some people actually do need religion. Yes it may be full of holes, but it has lots of goodness in it, it has helped a lot of people. He needs to let people make their own decisions. I hope this guy gets blown out of the water.

Sure you're not.

I love how suddenly opinions with some evidence being presented need to be kept to himself. Really?

Challenging a widely held idea and now he needs to be shut up?

Sounds like Galileo when he argued that the world was not flat... which the latter btw was a very widely accepted 'fact'.

YAY FOR ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM!

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Interesting stuff, I was one of those who thought it likely that Jesus existed as an exalted, charming leader to a certain influential group of people. Will have to read Atwill's stuff, I doubt it proves or disproves anything but will be worth the read I am sure.

It may be a step above 'proof' of bigfoot and aliens, but I agree that it's not likely to be definitive proof of anything.

Of all the teachings of the church, I am pretty sure that the fact that Jesus existed is one of the most widely accepted beliefs, there are numerous things pointing to this fact. I know many non christians and atheists who aknolwdege that he existed. The main point of contention of course was whether he was just a man or something more than that. I don`t think this will make much of a difference for those who believe. There are those that always try to make new and outlandish claims on both sides of this debate to stir up attention.

Highly debateable, and I know Christians who don't believe Christ was a real person but rather a means to deliver a larger message. Or, if you're saying there was likely someone named Jesus living in the time of the Bible then you'd have a point, but it'd also be highly unlikely he'd have anything to do with Christianity.

I agree that for people who are devout Christians even real proof wouldn't likely change their faith, since they either believe in the teachings or will ignore anything contradicting what they believe (a la Creationism).

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Before any Christians, non-Christians, and atheists take their stance on this "news", I urge you all to read a little more on Atwill and this whole "We Invented Jesus Christ."

Like any stance one takes, don't simply read one article to base your opinion. I am all for intelligent debate, but a lot of atheists and theorists are questioning Atwill's conference as it is. Finally, as Russell Glasser, rotating host of the Atheist Experience, pointed out, "real scholars don't spring the evidence on their audiences by press release or by public lecture — it is first reviewed by independent scholars for authenticity."

Sounds like a nice idea but that would mean everything written by people about religion should all be scrutinized but that conveniently doesn't happen.

Yawn...

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