Jesus Christ was created by the Romans as a form of psychological warfare according to a controversial American biblical scholar.
Joseph Atwill has made that shocking claim and will present his findings at his first appearance in London next week.
According to his theory the Roman Empire invented Jesus Christ as a form of mind control to enslave the poor.
Atwill is the author of the book Caesar's Messiah: The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus. In his book he asserts that Christianity was not started as a religion, but rather as a sophisticated government propaganda machine used to control citizens of the Roman Empire.
Atwill will speak at the 'Covert Messiah' conference on Saturday. The biblical scholar uses the New Testament to make his claim. He posits that the scholars of the New Testament were actually first-century Roman aristocrats who completely fabricated the story of Jesus Christ.
In a recent blog post Jospeh Atwill writes, "Christianity may be considered a religion, but it was actually developed and used as a system of mind control to produce slaves that believed God decreed their slavery."Atwill claims that Jewish sects were awaiting a 'warrior Messiah' in Palestine and the Roman Empire exhausted all traditional means of dealing with the problem. Turning to psychological warfare through Catholicism allowed the Roman Empire to even the playing field.
In his post Atwill adds, "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 says he drew his conclusions while reading the New Testament next to the War of the Jews by Josephus.
In presenting his findings Atwill will show the parallels he drew between the New Testament and War of the Jews. Famed atheist and scholar Richard Dawkins tweeted about the upcoming event in London. He later added, "RT doesn't imply endorsement. I'm not qualified to judge Atwill's thesis. Just thought it might be worth a look."
There are a number of biblical conspiracy theories and they are likely to continue well after Joseph Atwill presents his findings.