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Scholar Claims Jesus Was a Roman Hoax

A historical scholar claims to have found evidence proving that the story of Jesus as described in the New Testament is a fiction and that historical claims about Jesus were actually created by Roman aristocrats to control the poor. According to a news story in The Independent: “Joseph Atwill, who is the author of a book entitled ‘Caesar’s Messiah: The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus’, asserts that Christianity did not begin as a religion, but was actually a sophisticated government propaganda exercise used to pacify the subjects of the Roman Empire.” Atwill’s take on Jesus is of course not new. In 1844, Karl Marx famously declared religion as the opiate of the masses. History is filled with sceptics, freethinkers, atheists, agnostics and other doubters who have questioned religious doctrine and dogma. PHOTOS: Ancient Tomb Holds Jesus Mystery Atwill’s claims are based on what he described as important and revealing parallels between the first-person account of first-century Judea (an anci…

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