Was Christianity an Ancient Roman Psy-Op?

Religion is most definitely used to maintain order in a society. During the time of Emperor Constantinus (Constantine), he
used Christianity to consolidate his rule
over the Roman Empire.  But what if there
was a conspiracy that predates his rule


The Christian faith is the result of the most successful psy-ops program in history, according to an American Bible scholar.

Joseph Atwill will present his controversial theory Oct. 19 in London that the New Testament was written by first-century Roman aristocrats as part of a sophisticated government project to help pacify Jews in occupied territories.

Atwill, author of “Caesar’s Messiah,” claims he’s found ancient confessions by the scriptures’ authors that they invented Jesus Christ and his story as basically a form of propaganda.

“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,” Atwill said. “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.”

He says that Jesus was not based on an actual historical figure, but Atwill argues that the events of his life were overlaid on top of actual events from the First Jewish-Roman War, waged by Emperor Titus Flavius in Palestinian territories.

“The biography of Jesus is actually constructed, tip to stern, on prior stories, but especially on the biography of a Roman Caesar,” he says.

Atwill said he understands that his theory is bound to upset Christians, and he’s hoping skeptics will come to challenge him after his lecture as part of a symposium, “Covert Messiah,” along with Kenneth Humphreys, author of “Jesus Never Existed.”

“Although Christianity can be a comfort to some, it can also be very damaging and repressive, an insidious form of mind control that has led to blind acceptance of serfdom, poverty, and war throughout history,” Atwill says. “To this day, especially in the United States, it is used to create support for war in the Middle East.”

44 Comments on "Was Christianity an Ancient Roman Psy-Op?"

  1. All right! Bring on the death threats from followers of the loving god.

  2. Is this the same guy that claims McKenna is psy-ops along with that other guy attempting to make a name for himself? I’ll pass.

    Remember to check sources. They may be dubious, or bulshytt. Uncle Bob urges you to mind your fnords.

    • Exactly, regardless of all the issues I have with xtianity and monotheism, once I saw this was coming from Irvin and people of his ilk, it became instantly dubious.

  3. jasonpaulhayes | Oct 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm |

    Your gods don’t exist… THE END!

  4. Simon Valentine | Oct 11, 2013 at 12:15 pm |

    what’ll really cook your noodle is when you figure out who communicated forward in time to edit the past such that the psy-op tangent touched upon by this article is an ever-changing multiplex that has more in common with the ink dripping off this pen than it does with quasisemiexjesusword nullification. i hope i didn’t give too much away. hah, hah, hah.

  5. Zoe Butler | Oct 11, 2013 at 12:44 pm |

    This is nonsense. It’s not even well argued nonsense. But don’t take my word for it, follow this link; http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wwjtd/2013/10/joseph-atwill-has-not-proven-that-jesus-was-made-up-by-the-romans/

    • “If the Roman elite’s aim was to “pacify” Palestinian Jews by inventing new scriptures, they were certainly smart and informed enough to know that that wouldn’t succeed by using the language the Judean elite despised as foreign (Greek).”

  6. So Jesus was invented based on stories from the First Jewish-Roman War to placate occupied Hebrew subjects? Even though Christianity was mainly focused on converting Gentiles outside of Palestine? And at least 30 years after the conversion of Ethiopia? 20 years after St. Thomas founded Christian churches in India? 15 after Andrew was crucified in Greece? And then persecuting Christians a century before and a century after the final Jewish revolt? That’s some conspiracy. Impeccably researched, I’m sure.
    Proving or disproving the existence of someone 2000 years ago may be a fool’s errand, even for historians, let alone this guy.

    • you are a stud.

    • Danny Adams | Oct 12, 2013 at 10:49 pm |

      “Even though Christianity was mainly focused on converting Gentiles outside of Palestine?” Not initially. That became more of a focus once Paul got into the game. Also, no copies exist of the Gospels prior to the early 2nd century, and the dates for those conversions come from historians ranging from the 2nd century to Eusebius in the 4th.

  7. Charlie Primero | Oct 11, 2013 at 2:57 pm |

    This is a CONSPIRACY THEORY. Elites would never weaponize anthropology to make people easier to manage. People are too smart to fall for that anyway. They watch History Channel and TED talks and receive 12 or 16 or 18 years of government-approved schooling.

    • Rhoid Rager | Oct 12, 2013 at 7:01 am |

      The worst are the ones that receive 22+ years of that kind of skooling.

    • At least people know the National Enquirer is bunk. You know, they are not trying to pass it off as real (or seriously real). I hold Bat Boy higher than this irreputable static.

    • gustave courbet | Oct 12, 2013 at 4:09 pm |

      You may be hitching your horse to the wrong wagon an this one.

  8. BuzzCoastin | Oct 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm |

    the Jebus story:
    God created the whirled & then got pissed at humans
    He wanted to kill them & tried several times
    but after The Flood He somehow decided He should:
    1) create a Son
    2) send Him to Earth by impregnating an unmarried teenage girl
    3) kills Him for the sins of (some?)humans

    the fact that He happened to choose a time with no mass communication
    to send His worldwide message
    & leave no accurate historical record of His visit
    was in fact designed to weed out the unworthy
    who fail to believe such a ludicrous tale

  9. If Christianity was created to pacify the Jews, how does it make sense that they then proceeded to persecute Christians?

    Christianity may have become a useful tool of social control, but it was originally a weird and subversive cult, not at all in keeping with the values of pagan Rome.

    • Zoe Butler | Oct 11, 2013 at 9:44 pm |

      You got it. He’s wrong. Next! (Yawn).

    • therealjeaniebeanie | Oct 16, 2013 at 4:20 pm |

      The so-called persecution of Christians was made up in later centuries by church leaders wanting to rally their base. Ever since, Christianity has had a persecution complex that is not explained by reality.

  10. ProphetPX | Oct 11, 2013 at 7:44 pm |

    LMAO NO … it was not. that is being actively debunked ALL OVER the place now!

    Chris White is making a movie against it, now, and here is 1 place that debunks it VERY WELL:


    • It is bullshit, but you have to admit it’s more accurate than that Bill O’Reilly book.

  11. ProphetPX | Oct 11, 2013 at 8:32 pm |

    here is ANOTHER page that DEBUNKS Atwill’s silly “Caesar made up Jesus” baloney:


  12. InfvoCuernos | Oct 11, 2013 at 8:40 pm |

    Pretty nifty trick. So, did they think this up before or after they nailed their patsy to the cross? Because it seems like it would have been better if they hadn’t killed him- I know I know, that’s what makes xtianity so miraculous, dead guy coming back and all, but unless the apostles were all in on it, and they were persecuted pretty ruthlessly, then your plan looks more and more like monday morning quarterbacking.

    • You’re assuming the apostles existed.

    • DeepCough | Oct 11, 2013 at 9:19 pm |

      You also forget that, according to the Gnostic tradition, Judas was the only apostle “in on it.”

    • Charlie Primero | Oct 13, 2013 at 10:14 am |

      Jewish messianic literature of the time required that the sacrificial passover lamb be scourged and survive a crucifixion as the prophets had predicted in order to be considered legitimate.

  13. kowalityjesus | Oct 12, 2013 at 4:29 am |

    Yeah right! Why didn’t they invent something to pacify the Huns while they were at it? A hellluva lot more dangerous than the Jews!

  14. Well, It has been clear to anyone looking that there is zero evidence of “Jesus” as a historical figure, and that the Gospels were written pseudonymously generations after Jesus’ alleged life. Three of those Gospels were more or less different versions of the first (Mark). The mythology of his life was taken from other sources…but, I don’t know about this. I haven’t read his work yet, but I am intrigued as well as skeptical of his argument.

  15. Ted Heistman | Oct 14, 2013 at 3:33 pm |

    This is the foundational premise of his other theory that the CIA and Bankerz created the 60’s counterculture.

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