Recommendations & Reviews
What Scholars are saying about Creating Christ
“I have rarely encountered a book so original, exciting, accessible and informed on subjects that are of obvious importance to the world and to which I have myself devoted such a large part of my scholarly career studying.
In this book they have rendered a startling new understanding of Christianity with a controversial theory of its Roman provenance that is accessible to the layman in a very powerful way. In the process, they present new and comprehensive archeological and iconographic evidence, as well as utilizing the widest and most cutting edge work of other recent scholars, including myself.
This is a work of outstanding and original scholarship. Its arguments are a brilliant, profound and thorough integration of the relevant evidence. When they are done, the conclusion is inescapable and obviously profound.”
Professor Emeritus of Middle East Religions, Archaeology, and Islamic Law, Visiting Scholar Member of Linacre College, Oxford University, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the American School of Oriental Research (Albright Institute of Archaeological Research), Jerusalem, Israel, from 1985–86, Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Oxford, U.K., from 1986-1987, editor and translator (with James Robinson) A Facsimile Edition of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and author of James the Brother of Jesus, The Dead Sea Scrolls and the First Christians, Maccabees, Zadokites, Christians and Qumran: A New Hypothesis of Qumran Origins, The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered (with Michael Wise), The New Testament Code and The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception (with Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh).
“I know of at least five other scholars who have set forth a case that the Christian religion was created and promulgated by the Flavian Imperium to serve as an opiate for the ever-rebelling Jewish messianists. All have taught me, but I never saw a way to take the theory seriously till I read Valliant and Fahy’s new book, Creating Christ.”
Robert M. Price, author of Deconstructing Jesus
"Valliant and Fahy have given us a rare and valuable gift worthy of the Magi: A readable, balanced, and scholarly text on one of the most controversial topics in history. What makes this work approachable are its clearly wrought style and beautifully organized sections. What makes it invaluable for anyone (scholar or amateur) with an interest in Christianity (be it religiously inspired or not) is that it provides the reader with research that is too compelling to dismiss."
Eric Hill, University Honors College Senior Instructor, Rhetoric (Semiotics, Epistemology, Abrahamic Religions, and Translations), Oregon State University
"A fascinating and provocative investigative history of ideas, boldly exploring a problem that previous scholarship has not clearly or credibly addressed: how (and why!) the Flavian dynasty wove Christianity into the very fabric of Western civilization."
Mark Riebling, author of Church of Spies: The Pope's Secret War Against Hitler