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Did Jesus exist? Court to decide

An Italian court is tackling Jesus — and whether the Roman Catholic Church may be breaking the law by teaching that he existed 2,000 years ago.

Cascioli says Righi, and by extension the whole Church, broke two Italian laws. The first is “Abuso di Credulita Popolare” (Abuse of Popular Belief) meant to protect people against being swindled or conned. The second crime, he says, is “Sostituzione di Persona,” or impersonation.

“The Church constructed Christ upon the personality of John of Gamala,” Cascioli claimed, referring to the 1st century Jew who fought against the Roman army.

I suppose he gets points for creativity. I vaguely remembering hearing about this guy’s book, but I know nothing about it. This appears to be his website and includes some of his arguments, which I’ll read later. At first glance there doesn’t appear to be anything unique or particularly interesting.

It’s fairly obvious he won’t win. The Josephus passages are tough to overcome, even though there are decent arguments that they’re later forgeries. Plus, I don’t see how he’s going to overcome the difficulty of proving a negative.

The whole “courts deciding whether Jesus existed” thing is a bit troubling, too.

Categories: Religion
  1. January 6, 2006 at 12:14 pm

    As I am not a historian I can’t say this with conviction but, I would think there would be historical records in the Roman Catholic Church Archives that would substantiate the reality of Jesus’ existence. I would like to know more about this. thanks

  2. January 6, 2006 at 3:28 pm

    There aren’t. Or, if there are, they haven’t mentioned them.

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