Book burning, shrine destruction and belief eradication process:

In my ‘Just Suppose’ presentation videos, I claim that the knowledge of the allegorical roots of literalist Christianity is lost to us today because all such literature has been burnt.

When presenting the production to an audience I have been taken to task on this issue and the view has been put forward that: I cannot simply back my hypothesis with such a blanket claim because it represents a kind of catchall, get out of jail position.

To justify my claim that much, if not all problematic literature, was burnt by the despotic regimes of history, I present the following: starting with a list of edicts from the earliest Roman Christian Emperors:

 

341

Constantius

Superstition shall cease and the madness of sacrifices shall be abolished. If any persons should be proved to devote their attention to sacrifices or to worship images, We command that they shall be subjected to capital punishment.

346

Constantius

Constans

The temples are to be closed everywhere so as to deny to all abandoned men the opportunity to commit sin; anyone guilty of the crime of sacrificing must be struck down with the avenging sword; and provincial governors who fail to enforce the edict are subject to execution.

398

Arcadius,

Honorius

Eunomians and Montanists are to be expelled from the cities, and if they reside in the country and should hold assemblies, they are to be deported and the owners of the land they inhabited punished. Heretical books are to be destroyed. Those who refuse to surrender such books are to suffer capital punishment on the charge of sorcery.

409
 

Honorius,
Theodosius II

All astrologers are to be expelled and exiled, unless they burn their books in the presence of a bishop and convert to Christianity.

415
 

Honorius, Theodosius II

Those who publicly assemble to practice heretical rites may have their property taken and be executed.

429

Theodosius II, Valentinian III

Anyone who converts an orthodox Christian from the catholic church to another religion or heretical sect will have his property confiscated and be executed.

435
 

Theodosius II, Valentinian III

Nestorianism is condemned. Those who follow Nestorius’s teaching are to be called Simonians in the same way that Constantine ordered Arians to be called Porphyrians. Their books are banned and shall be burned. Furthermore, their assemblies are forbidden; violators will have their property confiscated.

435
 

Theodosius II, Valentinian III

Pagan sacrifices are forbidden. Pagan temples and shrines are to be torn down and replaced with the symbol of Christianity: the cross. Anyone who mocks this law faces execution.

 

Other miscellaneous burning and eradication processes from history:

Suetonious; Life of the Twelve Caesars (Augustus):

“He assumed the office of Ponifex Maximus as soon a Lepidus was dead, for he could not bring himself to deprive him of it during his lifetime. All prophetical books, both in Latin and Greek, the authors of which were either unknown or of no great reputation, he caused to be called in from all places. They reached the number of 2000 and above: and of these he burnt all except the Sibylline Oracles, which he subjected to a strict examination to determine their authenticity.”

Suetonious; Life of the Twelve Caesars (Tiberius):

“All foreign religions, including the Egyptian and Jewish rights, he prohibited: compelling those who practised that kind of suppression to burn their vestments and all their sacred utensils.”

Charlemagne; European ruler between 786 & 814 CE:

The whole of Charlemagne’s reign was spent waging war. He came to power as the ruler of the largest empire in Europe; he died as the ruler of the only empire in Europe. During his wars, the defeated pagan Saxon tribes were all given an infamous choice: Accept my God and submit to baptism now, or go and meet my God now.

Tyndale Bible; William Tyndale:

William Tyndale completed his English translation of the New Testament in 1524; the work was condemned by the English Church in 1526 and banned from England. All existing copies of Tyndale’s Bible that had made their way to England were to be burnt by order of the Church and King. In 1536 the Catholic Church burnt Tyndale at the stake for heresy.

Protestant reformation: 1547

Catholic restoration: 1553

Nazi Germany: 1933 to 1945 

This list is by no means comprehensive; indeed it is merely a small sample of how despotic regimes found the burning of literature and people, in order to silence and eradicate ideas that competed against their totalitarian rule, a very useful tool. We have to class Christianity from 325 CE onwards, and all resulting streams of Christianity up to the late 1600’s, quite firmly into this despotic totalitarian class of rulers.  

The result of the book burning and eradication processes up to the late 1600’s has meant all literature that came to light during this period, which proved problematic for the literal view of Jesus contained in the Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Acts stories, has been destroyed. All links with Christianity and former pagan religions, and all links with Christianity and Astrology have been eradicated. It is up to us to use our intuition and process of rational interrogation and investigation to recreate and rediscover those links. 

We should, by now, be far enough intellectually advanced as a species to realise that Christianity did not become a successful meme because of any real substance in its story; but rather because of its despotic, ruthless enforcement upon our ancestors.  

The truth behind the birth and growth of Christianity lies firmly in the anthropological evolution of the human mind through the initial thoughts of astrology, mixed with the birth and evolution of societies which create, by default, despotic rulers. These historic despotic rulers found the enforcement of theological ideas very useful with regards to controlling their subjects.