Posted: Oct 04, 2022 12:12 pm
by RealityRules
JemStone wrote:There are several authors who debate that Christ was not an historic person.
One book in particular shows the idea of a real person is a fiction.

Creating Christ: How Roman Emperors Invented Christianity
by James S Valliant & Warren Fahy 2018
See review at

Has anyone else read this and have thoughts on the thesis?

It doesn't seem plausible to me that Christianity was created by the Roman state. Especially not by the Flavians.

If the Flavians had commissioned texts to establish Christianity, it's unlikely we would see the uncertainties and vagaries about and of the texts that we see through the 2nd century CE and beyond. I don't think the coin or the dolphin stuff is good evidence, either.