The “Rome invented Jesus Christ” Conspiracy Theory

The article and item in question:

The broad thesis is that Rome essentially invented Jesus. I kid you not.  You can read that mess for yourselves.

As good of a response as you can probably get to it here courtesy of Cris Putnam, co-author with Tom Horn of two must read books, Petrus Romanus and Exo Vaticana:

Here are a couple of other well done write ups and critiques of this outlandish farce of a theory that probably has DaVinci Code writer Dan Brown even blushing.

A few comments of my own to add:

Secular sources like Josephus and Tacitus refer to Jesus. So does the Talmud. Everyone knows he existed regardless of their beliefs about who He was. Any scholar that wanted to be taken seriously abandoned this “try to prove Jesus didn’t exist” folly a long time ago.  It’s astonishing that there really are people left that want to be taken seriously trying to go after this failed thesis.

It takes more faith than I have to believe that many conspiracy elements could come together at the level this Atwill suggests.

How did the Roman Empire ever fall if there was that sort of Machiavellian genius at the helm?

This crackpot theory was dead on arrival.

It never ceases to amaze me the lengths that some people go to not believe the Truth of John 3:16 and John 14.  Make sure you do.