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Was Christianity first invented by the Roman Flavian Emperors or by the Emperor Constantine?

Professor Bruno Bauer, in his work of 1877 “Christ and the Caesars”, stated that he had concluded that the Romans had authored the New Testament and that Flavius Josephus was the inventor of Jesus.
James Ballantyne Hannay next wrote about the Roman authorship of the New Testament in his 1925 work “The Rise, Decline & Fall of the Roman Religion (Christianity).”
Abelard Reuchlin found the key to unraveling just who the actual authors were, and that the authors were to be found in the Roman Piso family, who were a part of the Piso/Flavian dynasty. He authored a booklet that came out in 1979 and is available from The Roman Piso Homepage.
In 2003 Joseph Atwill discovered that the Roman emperor Titus Flavius, working with Flavius Josephus and other authors in his patrimony wrote the New Testament. Atwill deduced this by comparing The ‘Judean War’ to the New Testament. The ‘Judean War’, written by Flavius Josephus, was originally part of the Christian Bible, and was removed around 1100 CE. ‘The Roman Origin of Christianity’, released as ‘Caesar’s Messiah’ by Joseph Atwill documents the creation of the New Testament as a Roman satire devised to win over Judean dissidents by deceiving them into believing that the emperor Titus Flavius Vespasiani was Jesus! I know, it sounds strange, but that seems to be the way it was. Titus took great pleasure in calling himself “the greatest forger in history.” 
There are number of key texts that predate Flavian and are believe would undermine this theory.

Even Dr. Bart Ehrman admits that mythicists like this are conspiracy theorists rather than respected academic historians who are paying attention to the evidence.

It seems the Flavians invented Christianity.


It is very hard to believe that people inside the roman empire would accept a new god that doesn’t have an origin, doesn’t have parents, or brothers, or a mate.

Also, to make it more palatable, it would have a son that is a demigod… with a virgin… like Zeus. But it seems too dificult to believe because the story of this god is the contrary.

Roman emperors needed to make a huge empire by incorporating several tribes, with several gods.

The problem was that every culture had several gods. Join several cultures and you can get a thousand gods. How can you destroy all gods and leave only one that doesn’t have an image?

Now imagine the Jewish people, they have only one god, no image of it, Roman emperors request to workship all gods in the same places… so if you have a temple, Romans bring a lot of other gods for worship in there… even the emperor is a god, and you have to worhip him too.

That is contrary to Jewish bible that rejects worshiping other gods.

So there was an uprising, the Macabean uprising. Romans used to kill everyone when there were uprisings. So Romans destroyed everything.

The roman imperial cult. Does it make sense? Imagine Star Wars and the emperor having a cult following.

Vespasian was Christ. So they destroyed everything in Judea and then Vespasian was converted in the son of god. Does it make sense?

So the Roman Catholic Church was born.

“Christianity” existed in many forms from some unknown time in the 1st Century CE until and including the present day.

When Constantine defeated Emperor Licinius in 323 AD he ended the persecutions  against the Christian church. Shortly afterwards Christians faced a trouble from  within: the Arian controversy began and threatened to divide the church. The  problem began in Alexandria, it started as a debate between the bishop Alexander  and the presbyter (pastor, or priest) Arius. Arius proposed that if the Father  begat the Son, the latter must have had a beginning, that there was a time when  he was not, and that his substance was from nothing like the rest of creation.  The Council of Nicea, a gathering similar to the one described in Acts  15:4-22, condemned the beliefs of Arius and wrote the first version of the  now famous creed proclaiming that the Son was “one in being with the Father” by  use of the Greek word “homoousius.”

( – The Council of Nicea)

With the defeat of Arianism there was nominally one church; however, the existence of so many non-Canonic Gospels (Mary, Thomas, Judas, etc.) would seem to indicate some ongoing controversy to whatever degree.

So, doctrinal Christianity might be said to have been compiled at Nicea by Constantine’s decree.

The Flavian Emperors preceded Constantine – NERVA (A.D. 96-98); TRAJAN (A.D. 98-117);  HADRIAN (A.D. 117-138); ANTONINUS PIUS (A.D. 138-161); and MARCUS AURELIUS (A.D. 161-180).  They were uniformly supportive of Christians and indeed intervened in the persecution of Christians (as in during reign of Antoninus, when he intervened to prevent the persecution of the Christians at Athens and Thessalonica.  Nonetheless, none of the Flavian Emperors were in any way foundational to Christianity.

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