These notorious words are attributed to Pope Leo X, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in the first half of the 16th century. A bit unusual for a Pope, wouldn’t you say? And it made me think there must be something to it…

My toying with the idea that Christ is a product of a group of men with grand agendas in the 4th century began when I read “The da Vinci Code”. Of course my indoctrinated Catholic mind wouldn’t even allow the slightest thought that any of the book’s claims could be true. It so happened that at the time I was in the process of getting my Master’s degree in English and I had to write my Master theses. Since the book was fresh in my mind and still quite controversial, I decided it would be a good idea to make it a subject of my paper. So the decision was made to dedicate my theses to the issues “The da Vinci Code” put forward.

My resolve was to prove Dan Brown wrong. Never did it cross my mind that he could be on to something. How surprised was I when my research produced only answers supporting some of his claims! And thus the journey that began simply as researching the theses brought me to some serious dilemmas and forced me to answer some uncomfortable questions. It wasn’t easy for me, this process. Even though I never considered myself a devout Catholic and haven’t quite frequented the church for years, I didn’t realize how deep the indoctrination process ran. Until then, that is… And no matter how difficult the issues, I eventually had to face them.

Thus, after reading a great many books (some of them completely not connected to “The da Vinci Code” in any way, other than the subject matter, which is what convinced me in the end) I couldn’t hide from the glaring facts any longer. Jesus was a man! A great man, but a man nonetheless. And the whole divinity issue was created in the 4th century by a bunch of cardinals and bishops, together with Constantine the Great, to further their own agendas and make this fairly new Christian religion, with a great number of varying churches, into one uniformed (catholic) religion. And for that they all needed Jesus to be not only a Messiah, but a god as well. Thus the myth began…

My biggest regret (and I am convinced I’m only one of many) is that so many writings about Jesus the man were destroyed (by the same Church fathers that made him god and in the interest to protect that image they needed to obliterate everything contrary to Jesus the God). As a result, we may never know who he really was… And that is the biggest loss for me because Jesus must have been an extraordinary man and I would love to know more about him. More of the truth, that is, and not some men’s version of it.


  • Enjoyed your article on “It has served us well, this myth of Christ.”
    I’d love to read your theses. Is it online anywhere, or could you email me a copy? Thanks, Matt

  • Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, my thesis is not published online but I have been working on it. So perhaps soon it will be available to read. I cannot email you a copy however, I can send you my bibliography-the books I used for my research… Let me know if this will satisfy you…

  • I was wondering if you have seen Zeitgeist and what you thought.

    • No, unfortunately I haven’t seen it… Guess I should watch it, huh?
      Stay tuned for the article…

  • Great article! I would also like a copy of your bibliography. I’m very interested in the subject

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