was the ultimate product of religious
syncretism in the
ancient world. Its
emergence owed nothing to a holy carpenter.There were many Jesuses but
the fable was a cultural construct.
The nativity yarn is a concatenation of nonsense. The genealogies of Jesus, both Matthew's version and Luke's, are pious fiction. Nazareth did
not exist in the 1st century AD the area
was a burial ground of rock-cut tombs.
multiple authors behind the original gospel story it
is no surprise that the figure of "Jesus" is
a mess of contradictions.
Yet the story is so thinly
drawn that being a "good Christian" might mean almost anything.
disciples are as fictitious as their master,
invented to legitimise the claims of the early churches.
The original Mary was not a virgin, that idea
was borrowed from pagan goddesses. The pagan world knew all
about virgins getting pregnant by randy gods: The Mythical "Virgin Mother".
is intuitively satisfying to think that someone was
behind the towering legend. Yet like the worship of
Horus or Mithras a human life was neither
necessary nor helpful.
As it happens, we have an excellent witness to events in Judaea in the first half of the first century AD: Philo of Alexandria (c. 25 BC-47 AD). Yet Philo says not a word about Jesus or
in the 'Christian message' was original. Brotherly
love and compassion had been taught
by the Stoics for centuries. The Christian
faith was a
vulgarised paganism, set to the theme of the Jewish
prophets and debased
by religious intolerance.
never was just one Christianity. Out of the milieu
of religiosity that infected the Roman world, dozens
and conflicting Jesus/Sun-god/Mystery cults emerged.
Jesus maintained he was an ethereal spirit, much like
other sky/sun-gods. Only later did he acquire a human
death, a human life and finally a human birth.
composite 'Jesus Christ' character god,
man, king, carpenter, conqueror, peace-maker, dispenser
of justice, advocate of love was assembled
to try to unify a fragmented and fractious messianic
the mid-2nd century the Jewishness of the faith
was purged but apologists
to say about a human Jesus. They took comfort
in noting similarities between their own ideas and
remained a minority until well after one
particular faction formed a political alliance
with the Roman State.
The orthodox creed remained
unpopular for centuries and persecution of its critics was necessary
to impose its will.
currents fed the Jesus myth, like streams and tributaries
joining to form a major river.
Egypt provided many of the themes
and much of the detail. From the age of the
Ptolemies, Alexandria was
the ancient cooking pot of religious fusion. Here, Hellenised
Judaism influenced the early Christians.
From Egypt, Catholicism copied its rituals
and ceremonies, including relics,
demonology, and monasticism. The Patriarchs
of Alexandria wrote much of Catholic theology
and it was probably in Alexandria that a profound
and detailed Buddhist
influence impressed itself
upon the faith.
From Persia, too, came a Saviour
God and notions of rebirth,
dress rehearsal for Christianity, triumphant
in Rome but fatally weakened by its exclusion of
women. In Judaea itself, hatred for the Roman conquerors
bred a genre of apocalyptic
an end of the world.
of the mythology of Christianity is a rehash of
an older and even more transparent fabrication – Judaism.
With God's blessing, misogynistic
Jewish scribes encoded a raft of sex crimes which sanctified
racial ambition. The sacred mission was to populate
and subdue the earth. Judaism bequeathed its unfortunate
mix of ignorance and intolerance to a wayward faction
of heretics known to the world as Christians.
the Great was a real king but he did not
massacre any babies. He was an astute and successful
ruler. The Herodians and the Jewish elite became
Romanised but religious fanatics led an armed
resistance which ended in catastrophes under Titus, Trajan, and Hadrian.
In the aftermath, a collaborationist revision of
Judaism, later attributed to a 13th apostle "Paul",
allegedly of impeccable Pharisaic credentials,
competed fiercely with a reconstituted rabbinic
Judaism which fused piety with mercantile
ingenuity and cunning is matched by mankind's
equally monumental credulity and wishful thinking.
There are actually some
200 gospels, epistles and other ancient documents concerning
the life of Jesus Christ. Writing
such material was a popular literary form, particularly
in the 2nd century. The pious
fantasies competed with Greek romantic fiction. Political
considerations in the late 2nd century led to the
selection of just four approved gospels and the rejection
of others. After three centuries of wrangling 23
other books were accepted by the Church as
divinely inspired. The rest were declared 'pious
frauds'. In truth, the whole lot belongs to a genre
of literary FICTION.
the Christians lie? They
said it themselves – lying
for God! And non-Christian
testimony? from the authentic pen of lying
Christian scribes! Would the early believers have
died for a lie? Consider the evidence for that supposed
Holy Mother Church invented heroic origins!
religious policeman to grandee
of the church,
from beast fighter in Ephesus to beheading in Rome,
Paul's story has more holes than a swiss cheese.
A detailed study of the great missionary that some
trail-blazing Christian missionary and apostle, St
Paul, appears nowhere in the secular histories of his
age. Ironically, though supposedly in Jerusalem at
the right time, he can give no witness to a historical
In fact, no evidence links Paul to the major Christian churches – the story in the Acts of the Apostles is a ripping yarn.
Pauline letters certainly exist, but the epistles,
far from being genuine letters, originated in the
acrimonious doctrinal battles of the 2nd century – a
time when "pseudepigraphy" and forged
apostolic writings were weapons in the war of "Christianities".
Did Paul really invent Christianity? His theology of Christ, Parts 1 and 2.
In their struggle for power,
Christians waged their own "civil
war" in which a Catholic trinitarian nonsense triumphed
over Arianism. This so-called 'orthodoxy' suppressed
and persecuted its 'heretical' opposition.
The Church expropriated
the resources both human and material which
might have defended Roman civilization. While an
indolent army of clerics lived on the state, the
impoverished legions degenerated into a peasant
Once a particular Christianity hierarchical
and authoritarian became wedded
to the Roman state, it became a force of brutal
warfare, Christianisation of the heathen tribes followed.
In Spain, the German
the despots of the Church imposed their tyranny.
triumphant Christianity was the active agent in
destroying knowledge and access to learning. An
ignorant and impoverished population was more readily
subjugated by Princes of the Church. The civilization that
had stretched from the deserts of Arabia to the highlands
of Scotland reverted
to a primitive village subsistence.
For more than a
the henchmen of Christ inflicted a cruel barbarism
on every community they encountered.
to be domestic slaves, might find themselves in
enforced celibacy, joyless marriage or burnt as a witch. Roasting
heretics became popular
entertainment and a religious duty. Fancy dress is an essential element of the religious circus.
a Jewish father (stern patriarch) and a Christian
mother (obsession with guilt and heaven) it is
not surprising that Islam grew up a bit of a tartar.
civilizations arose in many parts of Arabia, long
before Judaism, Christianity or Islam. Islam arose as
an adaptation of old ideas, not something new.
far from imposing a severe theocracy, the
early caliphs were
tolerant, even urbane.
Despite the mutual hostility of
kindred monotheisms, Islam
endorsed a great deal of Judeo-Christian theology and
adopted many of its practices. In its heyday, from the
Atlantic to central Asia, Islam produced scholars
When gentle Jesus
arrived in England's
North American colonies, a motley crew of venture
capitalists, criminals and self-righteous fanatics established
a precarious existence. But a
stolen land, worked by an enslaved labour force,
cultivating drug crops, could not fail to enrich the
The hand of benediction from the god Sabazios – the Phrygian
"Zeus" (6th century BC).
Worship of the god merged into the cult of
Dionysus during the Hel-lenic period.
The ornate votive offering is covered in mystical symbols.
Early Christians were so taken by the awesome magic
of finger gestures that they expropriated the trick for them-selves.
It masquerades today as the "sign of the cross" or Holy Trinity.
Pope Pius X gives the finger
– as does JC himself!
Crucifix? – No, a Roman victory Tropaeum
(2nd/3rd century, Limes Museum, Aalen, Germany).
In a Roman Triumph, captured weaponry would be mounted on a vertical stake or stauros, with a cross-member added to support shields, swords, etc.
Long before Christianity emerged from the shadows, such a "crucifix" would be carried along the Sacred Way to the Forum.
Risen or risible?
Matthew, Luke and John copied from Mark, who listened to Peter, who heard from Mary, who was told by an angel.
How's that for "eye-witness" testimony?!
Peter not paying attention?
Matthew has the 11 gather on a mountain in Galilee where the risen Jesus issues The Great Commission to all the nations.
But Luke has the 11 wait in Jerusalem for "power from on high", which duly arrives at Pentecost (Acts 2).
But it isn't until Peter's vision of a sheet full of edible animals (Acts 10) that he realizes that the good news is also for non-Jews.
Wasn't Peter listening to Jesus on that mountain?
Ever wondered why Easter is a "moveable feast" and involves the Sun and Moon in its calculation?
Does that sound like the commem-oration of an event in history to you?
"And call no man your father on earth, for you have one father, who is in heaven."
– Matthew 23.9.
"If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed!"
–1 Corinthians 16.22.
God, a being of simple and bloody tastes
"One night while Moses was in camp, Jehovah was about to kill him.
But Zipporah [his wife] circumcised her son with a flint knife ... So Jehovah did not harm Moses.
Zipporah said, 'You are a bridegroom of blood'."
– Exodus 4.24-26.
Is God hung up on sex or just barking mad?
"If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to rescue her husband from his assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity."
– Deuteronomy 25.11-12.
A loving God?
"I Yahweh will make them eat the flesh of their sons and their daughters, and they will eat one another's flesh in the siege and in the distress with which their enemies and those who seek their life will distress them."
– Jeremiah 19.9.
Ignorant or lying angel?
"The Lord God shall give him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever and of his kingdom there shall be no end." – Luke 1.32.33.
Hmm. Did Jesus ever get to reign over the house of Jacob?
Faking the evidence
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" Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father."
Come on Christians, let's see a few miracles – walking on water, perhaps, or raising the dead?!
Is it any surprise that organised religion
draws into itself the lonely hearts and the abandoned?
Jesus is not merely an imaginary friend, he is also a
of Christ elaborated on the Jewish notion that the body was
a source of shame and that women were an inferior breed. Mortification
of the flesh became the path of 'spiritual purity'.
But a triumphant Catholicism happily
compromised the fierce strictures of the founders for
worldly advantage and predators replaced
The consequence is that for
two millennia Christianity's anti-sexual dogma and hypocritical behaviour have inflicted untold
damage on the mental, emotional and physical lives of
countless millions of people.
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cost to humanity of fifteen centuries of Christian savagery of
hundreds of millions of lives brutalised and truncated,
sacrificed to war, torture, pogrom, burning, pestilence
and plague is incalculable.
is the worst disaster in human history