Bible Scholar Claims Ancient ‘Confessions’ Prove Story of Jesus Christ Was Fabricated by Romans

An American scholar claims to have discovered that the entire story of
Jesus was made up by Roman aristocrats.
Joseph Atwill asserts that Christianity did not start as a religion, but was
instead created as propaganda tool to pacify subjects of the Roman
Empire. He says he noticed a pattern forming when he was studying the only
surviving account of first-century Judea, which he claims contains dozens of
parallels between the life of a Roman emperor and that of Jesus in the New
Mr Atwill argues that these ancient 'confessions' provide 'clear evidence' that
the biography of Jesus is 'actually constructed on prior stories, especially on
the biography of a Roman Caesar'.
But bible academic Professor James Crossley, from the University of
Sheffield, compared Mr Atwill's theory to a Dan Brown fiction book. He told
Daily Mail: 'These types of theories are very common outside the academic
world and are usually reserved for sensationalist literature. 'People do debate
about how much we can know about Jesus, but the idea that Romans
invented stories about Jesus is outside of the academic world.'
Atwill, however, insists that the story of Jesus was fabricated as a way of
creating peace. He explained, 'Jewish sects in Palestine at the time, who
were waiting for a prophesied warrior Messiah, were a constant source of
violent insurrection during the first century. When the Romans had exhausted
conventional means of quashing rebellion, they switched to psychological
warfare. They surmised that the way to stop the spread of zealous Jewish
missionary activity was to create a competing belief system. That's when the
"peaceful" Messiah story was invented. Instead of inspiring warfare, this
Messiah urged turn-the-other-cheek pacifism and encouraged Jews to "give
onto Caesar" and pay their taxes to Rome.'