Jesus Christ is a fictional character. At least that is what American Biblical scholar Joesph Atwill claims. Atwill’s recent controversial discovery says that the first-century Romans, who wrote the New Testament, fabricated the story of Jesus Christ. He will reveal his theory in his first public appearance at the “Covert Messiah” Conference on Oct. 19 in London.
Christianity, as Atwill described it, started as a “sophisticated government project,” not a religion. It was used as a pacifier for the subjects of the Roman Empire, according to a press release. Atwill claims that Jewish sects in Palestine were “waiting for a prophesied warrior Messiah” during the rebellious first century, but when the Romans’ conventional ways of squashing violence didn’t work, they used reverse psychology. That is when the fictional character of Jesus Christ, the peaceful “messiah”, was invented. The Jews “gave into Caesar” and paid their taxes to Rome.
“I present my work with some ambivalence, as I do not want to directly cause Christianity any harm,” Atwill was quoted in a press release. “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 insists that Jesus Christ is a fictional character in literature and his entire life can be traced back to different sources.
“Once those sources are all laid bare, there’s simply nothing left,” he was quoted in a press release.
While his theory is said to upset Christians and contradict other scholars’ beliefs, Atwill said it is conclusive and confident. He said that there are many “parallels,” which are either conceptual or poetic, but the authors of the highly studied books put it out there for “alert readers” to figure out. Atwill said that the “Roman Caesars left us a kind of puzzle literature that was meant to be solved by future generations.”
So as many people ponder the theory that Jesus Christ might be a fictional character, the future of Christianity is at a breaking point.
Atwill will present his theory with fellow scholar Kenneth Humphreys, who is the author of the book, “Jesus Never Existed.”