August seems like an unlikely time to be talking about Christmas, but it’ll be here before you know it so we might as well start the debate early this year.
December is usually the time of year when Christians all over the world start going back to church in droves, preparing for the Christmas mass on the 25th of December.
It has long been a bone of contention for regular church goers who see those other people coming during the holy times of year out of duty, rather than living a life dedicated to the church year round. Sometimes, ya gotta wonder if those people are only showing up to church to show off their daughters and sons in their new Christmas outfits.
But either way, Christmas is not only a time of celebration, but also a time of great controversy. As you may or may not know, there has been an ongoing debate about the existence of Jesus Christ for as long as we can remember now, and it’s no wonder.
I mean, have you read the bible? It seems like a long shot that one person could have lived such a life. So it’s no wonder that so many scholars are continuing to question the existence of the real life Jesus.
Why a growing number of people suggest Jesus may have never existed
While there is a growing body of internet literature supporting the argument for the existence of the man we know as Jesus Christ, most of the information is muddied with atheist non-believers who are just trying to make a point.
The academic and scientific communities are still at odds about the existence of such a man, but there’s no doubt that these stories had to have come from somewhere, based on someone’s life, even loosely.
What’s interesting is that the stories themselves are flawed; for example, it’s widely known that there are entire years of Jesus’ life missing from the bible stories. Perhaps work piled up and there was no one to record those times in the man’s life.
But whatever the reason, it just adds fuel to the fire about whether or not there was an actual man named Jesus Christ.
What’s more, there is also more evidence that has come about over the years to indicate that the bible stories have been heavily misinterpreted and edited for the gain of the Catholic and christian churches.
There are several books that have been researched and published to make the argument against the existence of Jesus in real life, including Zealot by Reza Aslan, Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All by David Fitzgerald, and How Jesus Became God by Bart Ehrman.
One historian even wrote a 600 page manuscript on the history of Jesus and it provides a lot of compelling arguments that the stories of Jesus are fabricated and manipulated to create new stories of a god-like man.
If Jesus has been fabricated, it shouldn’t be surprising
It shouldn’t seem surprising that man has held onto the belief of a godly figure for so long. After all the Greeks, Romans, Pagans, and other nations believed in celestial gods. Entire civilizations believed that they were ruled by Gods and they obeyed Gods for their protection and knowledge.
How come no one is wondering about the existence of Zeus or Thor? They aren’t just comic book characters you know. People actually believed in these entities.
The conversation of whether or not there was a real man named Jesus that the bible was written about and that millions of people worldwide believe in, has many layers.
There are so many elements to these stories that it is hard not to believe them. Yet, many more millions of people don’t believe in God, Jesus or any other worldly being.
As a society, there seems to be a shift toward believing in the power of the universe or fate or other things beyond our control, and people have no trouble praising the universe for their existence, but when it comes to praising God, Jesus or otherwise, people clam up and there is a level of embarrassment that is present these days.
So while the atheists and the scholars might not think they are making headway to disprove the existence of Jesus, people are taking notice and are holding their beliefs close to their chest.
Perhaps because they, too, question what they think they know, and are finding it difficult to navigate a world in which Jesus is not real.
By combining traditional archaeology with 3D technology, researchers at Lund University in Sweden have managed to reconstruct a house in Pompeii to its original state before the volcano eruption of Mount Vesuvius thousands of years ago. Unique video material has now been produced, showing their creation of a 3D model of an entire block of houses.
After the catastrophic earthquake in Italy in 1980, the Pompeii city curator invited the international research community to help document the ruin city, before the state of the finds from the volcano eruption in AD 79 would deteriorate even further. The Swedish Pompeii Project was therefore started at the Swedish Institute in Rome in 2000. The researcher in charge of the rescue operation was Anne-Marie Leander Touati, at the time director of the institute in Rome, now Professor of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Lund University.
Since 2010, the research has been managed by the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History in Lund. The project now also includes a new branch of advanced digital archaeology, with 3D models demonstrating the completed photo documentation. The city district was scanned during the field work in 2011–2012 and the first 3D models of the ruin city have now been completed. The models show what life was like for the people of Pompeii before the volcano eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The researchers have even managed to complete a detailed reconstruction of a large house, belonging to the wealthy man Caecilius Iucundus.
“By combining new technology with more traditional methods, we can describe Pompeii in greater detail and more accurately than was previously possible”, says Nicoló Dell´Unto, digital archaeologist at Lund University.
Among other things, the researchers have uncovered floor surfaces from AD 79, performed detailed studies of the building development through history, cleaned and documented three large wealthy estates, a tavern, a laundry, a bakery and several gardens. In one garden, they discovered that some of the taps to a stunning fountain were on at the time of eruption – the water was still gushing when the rain of ash and pumice fell over Pompeii.
The researchers occasionally also found completely untouched layers. In a shop were three, amazingly enough, intact windows (made out of translucent crystalline gypsum) from Ancient Rome, stacked against each other. By studying the water and sewer systems they were able to interpret the social hierarchies at the time, and see how retailers and restaurants were dependent on large wealthy families for water, and how the conditions improved towards the end, before the eruption.
An aqueduct was built in Pompeii, enabling residents to no longer having to rely on a few deep wells or the tanks of collected rainwater in large wealthy households.
The work behind the 3D film and a discussion on the credibility of the reconstructions are presented in an article, published in SCIRES Italy.
Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell’Informazione and the Humanities Lab at Lund University have contributed to the development of the material and 3D work.
Article: Reconstructing the Original Splendour of the House of Caecilius Iucundus. A Complete Methodology for Virtual Archaeology Aimed at Digital Exhibition.
In 1851, when Scotsman Sir David Brewster concocted a photographic gadget called the Lenticular Stereoscope, the way individuals saw the world changed until the end of time. In the wake of displaying it to Queen Victoria at the Great Exhibition in London, Victorians went insane for the new machine. Picture takers were sent far and wide to record renowned sights and occasions in stereo. “See the world from your parlor!” was only one of the numerous publicizing mottos used to advance the awesome new medium to learning parched Victorians. These mind boggling 3D pictures are only a small amount of the many thousands delivered.
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