If Jesus did not exist, then how did Christianity form? Inside a rich landscape of the failing Roman Republic and a tumultuous Jewish population is an ambitious and visionary ex-Senator who conspires with Paul of Tarsus to create something… better. This provocative historical novel melds the birth of Christianity with recent scholarly works and delivers a shocking, but plausible, story of Christianity’s formation and the Christ myth.
Based on recent studies into the foundations of Christianity, Propositum’s fictional story explores the controversial notion that Jesus Christ did not exist and that Christianity was wrought through a process of cultural trends, teachings of wandering sages, and the knowledge of a Jewish high priest named The Teacher of Righteousness. In this impressive debut drama set largely around Rome and Judea during the first century AD, we follow Paul’s travels to various cities around the beautifully realized landscape of the Mediterranean. Curley cleverly intertwines biblical characters like Paul, Peter, Caligula, and Vespasian with strong fictional characters like Proculus and Maximus the centurion – all brought to vivid life as the intrigue builds to war. Offering a thought provoking alternative to the traditional beginnings of Christianity, Propositum plays expertly on America’s growing cynicism toward the political right’s Christian leanings, as The New Atheists approach to understanding religion proliferates. Furthermore the book raises interesting questions about the ways in which modern societies handle a growing number of religions within their framework. Sean Curley’s experience as an active member of the Humanist and Atheist communities, both in his home state and and nationally provides him with a broad perspective on the various schools of religious thought which flow from the events depicted in the book.
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