An Alternative Theory of
The Council of Antioch
Web Publication by Mountain Man Graphics, Australia
- Constantine, 325 CE
The Council of Antioch
It contains a number of novel social and political insights,
and a whole string of fraudulent misprepresentations:
Most notably, the acrostic formed by the first Greek letter
of each line spelt "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour, Cross."
But Constantine was alive to the arguments of skeptics ...
"Our people have compared the chronologies with great accuracy",
and the "age" of the Sibyl's verses excludes the view
that they are a post-christian fake."
"We may be suspected of clever forgery"
said the Boss to his new troops, civilians and saints,
but our best intelligence people assure us
that these things definitely aren't fake."
Does this sort of propaganda sound familiar?
What is the modus operandi of malevolent despotism?]
His proof of this comparison was unexpected: Cicero (106-43 BCE)
Cicero chanced upon this poem and translated it to Latin.
The Sibyl, Constantine said, had prophecised christ
in an acrostic, known to Cicero.
Robin Lane Fox comments ... "the proof was a fraud twice over."
Fox says: "Constantine cites Latin's loveliest Eclogue
to a christian audience [ED: this is DISPUTED]
for a meaning which it never had."
Constantine began with the seventh line, in a free Greek translation which changed its meaning"
p.651: Fox writes:
Names and address are taken, rank and serial number if military.
City, civil position and direct supervisor if civilian, and
in either case, the gods to whom the attendee devoted their thought.
Constantine's scribes are taking it all down for future reference.
How to win friends influence people, and to levy the maximum tax.
Such pre-meeting informalities were big business, for all parties.
"War is a racket" --- Smedley Butler]
According to my thesis, the Assembly of the Saints was an assembly of "Eastern pagan saints", the soon to be last in the lineage of the Hellenic philosophers, and priests that Constantine was to execute and destroy.
The Boss shoots himself in the foot.
He is a fraud as his new and strange religion.
There has been alot of scholarly interest in the processes of textual criticism in Biblical Criticism & History. Perhaps some textual critic, acting for "The Boss" might try and dislodge the silver bullet firmly implanted in Constantine's right foot.
Best wishes one and all.
THESIS: Constantine Invented Christianity