Joseph Atwill’s Caesar’s Messiah debunked
By Madison Ruppert
Editor of End the Lie
Much has been made of the incredibly misleading press release put out to promote self-proclaimed “biblical scholar” Joseph Atwill’s screening of “Caesar’s Messiah” in the United Kingdom.
The headline and first paragraph are clearly intended to mislead the reader into believing that there is some kind of new documentary discovery that will be presented.
In reality, Atwill, who has no credentials in biblical scholarship whatsoever, is just rehashing his long-refuted claims from his 2005 book “Caesar’s Messiah” alongside a screening of his “documentary.”
Attendees will also be able to listen to Kenneth Humphreys, a man who claims Jesus never existed. Keep in mind, even critics of Christianity like Bart Ehrman (hardly a sympathetic individual) say that no serious historians say that Jesus did not exist.
The fact that an individual holding to such an idea on the extreme fringe is hardly surprising given that Atwill himself is even more fringe than those who claim Jesus never existed.
Atwill’s claims have been rejected by people who are not the types to side with Christians out of some sense of loyalty or to support the traditional orthodox view of the faith.
Christians have, of course, also thoroughly debunked Atwill’s claims, though few biblical scholars have apparently found his ideas worth even devoting time to.
After all, Atwill has been peddling the claims since 2005 and they’ve yet to gain any traction whatsoever. For real biblical scholars, it is probably not worth the time and effort to deal with claims as nonsensical as Atwill’s. I can’t blame them.
Chris White also released a short video today (with a companion website) showing just how laughable Atwill’s claims are:
One thing White doesn’t mention, unfortunately, is a point brought up by Verenna. If this “psychological operation” (oh, the anachronism!) was as successful as it apparently was, why didn’t Rome use it against their enemies who posed a much larger threat?
After all, the Jewish people never sacked Rome like the Gauls, Vandals, Visigoths, Ostrogoths, etc. did. Yet the Romans apparently decided they’d use this super secret psychological operation to target a tiny population whose major city (Jerusalem) was totally overrun in 70 AD. Makes sense, right?
However, it’s even more problematic than that. Just watch White’s short video above to learn how problematic it really is. If you want to know about some of the blatant factual errors in Atwill’s work, check out this article. Even though Atwill’s work is far from sound on a conceptual level, it is also wrought with inaccuracies on even a basic factual level.
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