Ah, Facebook, an endless source of topics. A few days ago someone posted an article headlined “Ancient Confession Found: ‘We Invented Jesus Christ’”. Apparently, after centuries of scholarly investigation into the history of first century Rome and Christianity, one man brilliantly determined it was all a fabrication that never happened. Really? His name is Joseph Atwill and he wrote a book that makes crazy claims that have been summarily dismissed by historians and Biblical scholars alike. Nevertheless, he has an audience. So what’s his angle? Atwill said, “What my work has done is give permission to many of those ready to leave the religion to make a clean break. We’ve got the evidence now to show exactly where the story of Jesus came from. 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. To this day, especially in the United States, it is used to create support for war in the Middle East.”
It would be easy to dismiss Atwill as a hater, but I believe his work is more strategic rather than emotional, and Facebook is one of the venues to spread disinformation to weak-minded readers in social media. Why is this sort of thing happening more and more? It’s a strategy of leftist radicals to undermine people’s confidence in history in general and Western society in particular. Critical Theory is a method that calls for subjecting every traditional institution – notably Christian believers and churches — to a bombardment of unremitting, scathing criticism. The criticism doesn’t have to be true; it simply has to be relentless. The ultimate aim is to cause traditional institutions to collapse under the weight of this criticism, rendering them vulnerable to exploitation and transformation by the Marxists.
Because I recognize disinformation as a strategy, I try to be relentless in setting the record straight. I just won’t put up with misinformation being posted as truth. Every time a lie is presented, I simply expose the truth about it. Don’t bother trying to convince the other person however, because chances are he or she doesn’t even believe what they are posting. It’s just a strategy.
I’m encouraging everyone to join me. Don’t put up with wrong thinking and the advocates of wrong ideas. Call them out about it. It’s really kind of fun.