Christianity’s Creation

Posted on September 20, 2020

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“Syncretism explains the emergence of Christianity — it owed nothing to a holy carpenter.” –Ken Humphreys, Nailing Jesus — The Man Who Never Was

I love learning about human history (events that happen in a place and time that produce evidence that they happen). I especially love learning about the history of religions and empires. Seeing history from a broader, human perspective, beyond my place and time is part of what enabled me to dismantle religious indoctrination in the process of becoming an #Exvangelical atheist.

Freshly Baptized, 1983

When I can start with Christianity’s appearance, then move further and further back through human history, and see how each religion arises out of the context of the human condition of place and time, it becomes clear that the unseen powers at work are human perceptions, emotion, and imagination–which are wondrous powers, indeed, but they’re standard equipment for human beings.

It is a natural human ability to create the gods……and goddesses, creators and destroyers, deities of death and rebirth, fertility and fun. You can do it right now in your own imagination!

I’ve been enjoying learning about the history of Christianity from Kenneth Humphreys, creator of the book, Youtube channel at the top of this post, and the website jesusneverexisted.com.

Another examination of Christianity’s origin I find interesting is Joseph Atwill’s, in his book and documentary, CAESAR’S MESSIAH: The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus, where he “shows that Jesus is not a historical figure, the events of Jesus’ life were based on a Roman military campaign, his supposed second coming refers to a historical event that already occurred, the teachings of Christ came from the ancient pagan mystery schools, and the Gospels were written by a family of Caesars and their supporters, who left us documents to prove it.”

I’ve added both of their books to my Someday Book list. I don’t know how accurate the details of their claims are, but I value their work because it contributes to the ongoing project of dismantling supernatural claims made by Christian apologists. With each scholar, historian, archeologist, scientist, linguist, and anthropologist analyzing the evidence from the time and place where the religion arose, it becomes ever more impossible to keep those who are imprisoned in thought-controlling, behavior-controlling religious groups from finding the information that can unlock the cell door.

This week has been exceedingly difficult, and the death of Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg is a kick in the face. But what can we do?

Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something. I choose to fight religious nationalism by spreading the good news about Christianity: it’s a human-created ideology of social control and empire-building that perpetuates human suffering, and we’re better off without it, as individuals, and as a society.


lisa eddy is a writer-for-hire, researcher, educator-for-hire, youth advocate,  musician, and gardener.

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