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For nearly two thousand years, we've been told that Christianity began around 30 AD - when the disciples of the backwoods preacher "Jesus of Nazareth" came to believe he had risen from the dead. But now, BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY exposes this tale as a myth. Host Chris Palmero - an adherent of the Catholic Church - proves that Christianity began almost one hundred years after the imagined death of Jesus, through a close reading of the New Testament and books left out of the Bible.
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BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY celebrates its three year anniversary with a discussion of the renowned Sermon on the Mount. Host Chris Palmero sets out to analyze this famous discourse of Jesus in the face of strange interference from the fourth dimension. Support the show YouTube: @borninthesecondcentury E-mail: secondcenturypodcast@gmail.com Music: P…
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BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY completes its survey of the Gospel of John, having demonstrated that the author of John borrowed wholesale from the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke to construct his narrative. In this episode, host Christ Palmero covers the final section of John, which deals with Jesus' arrest, trials, crucifixion, and burial. In exami…
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BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY continues its miniseries on the Gospel of John as a derivative work, with its author aware of the prior Gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke. Host Chris Palmero follows the progress of Jesus from Galilee - where he urges a confused audience to eat his flesh and drink his blood - to the outskirts of Jerusalem, where he perfo…
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BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY'S miniseries on the Gospel of John continues. Host Chris Palmero examines John's use of the Synoptic Gospels - Mark, Matthew, and Luke - as sources. Anyone who listens to this episode can learn about: why the Gospel of John contains two separate John the Baptist scenes; why Jesus only heals Gentiles at long range; the pro…
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BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY begins a multi-part exploration on whether the author of John's Gospel was aware of the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke. In presenting evidence that the Gospel of John does not draw from independent oral tradition, but from the prior Gospels, host Christ Palmero will establish that John is not a reliable witness for Je…
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BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY concludes its look at the Resurrection Appearances of Jesus. Host Chris Palmero examines the common elements of these legends, from the point at which Jesus appears to his disciples all the way up to his ascension at the end. The versions of the Resurrection as told by Celsus, the ancient pagan critic of Christianity, as …
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BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY continues its investigation into Justin Martyr's non-use of the New Testament Gospels, with an examination of the Resurrection Appearances of Jesus. Host Chris Palmero analyzes the common themes of these tales in the Canonical and Apocryphal Gospels (including the Gospel of Peter and Gospel of the Hebrews), and the Nag Ha…
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BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY embarks on the effort to answer the most important question of our age, or of any age: whether Justin Martyr was aware of the New Testament Gospels. In a deep analysis of Justin's stories about Jesus from the so-called Memoirs of the Apostles, host Chris Palmero begins to excavate "the Gospel of Justin." Anyone who listen…
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There is a treasure that lies hidden behind the earliest Christian writings: the TESTIMONIA. Host Chris Palmero describes the theory that the earliest sources about Jesus of Nazareth may have been strange list of Biblical prophecies that were passed around among early sectarian Jews. These lost books may indeed have been the primary sources even fo…
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BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY brings the Montanism Trilogy to its bloody, triumphant ending. Host Chris Palmero shifts the focus to the spectacular changes that the war against the New Prophecy caused within the structure of Catholic Christianity itself, causing it to transform from just another "free radical" Jewish sect, to a truly organized religio…
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The second installment of BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY'S Montanism Trilogy examines the Christian reactions to this mysterious movement. Host Chris Palmero presents testimonies from Irenaeus, the Shepherd of Hermas, the Didache, Epiphanius, and of course, Eusebius. He also tackles a burning question: did Tertullian really convert to the New Prophecy,…
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BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY presents the first installment of a trilogy of shows on the Great Montanist "Heresy." Host Chris Palmero examines the tremendous impact that the second century religious movement of Montanism had on Christianity actually becoming a distinct religion. At the same time, Montanism will be revealed to be a heretical Jewish mo…
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BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY explores the mystery of the strange portrayal of Paul in the Acts of the Apostles. Host Chris Palmero carefully examines the stories about Paul in Acts, and explains the author's motive for depicting him as a loyal, submissive, even-tempered company man: the polar opposite of the moody, outspoken mystic who speaks from Pa…
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A haze of mystery surrounds the figure of Paul and his confusing, contradictory letters - especially the Matryoshka Doll that is his First Letter to the Corinthians, which seems to have eight smaller letters hiding inside of it. But host Chris Palmero reveals that First Corinthians is not only the key to understanding how and when Paul's letters we…
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The letter of Jude is a short, strange little book; a violent and angry "diss track" that's ignored by most Christian believers and neglected by theologians. And it has no home in the traditional paradigm. BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY continues its New Testament Journey, as host Chris Palmero examines the evidence for the date and origin of Jude, and…
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BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY continues its New Testament Journey with the second part of the series on Luke's gospel. Host Chris Palmero examines the traditional views on Luke's date, responds to them, and provides his own thoughts on this self-evidently late text. Anyone who listens to this episode can learn about how fundamentalists and mainstream …
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BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY'S journey through the New Testament continues with the undeniably late gospel of Luke. This is the first of a two part episode. Host Chris Palmero examines the structure and sources of Luke, and tracks Luke's earliest mentions in history. What we'll find is that Luke's gospel can't be detected in the historical record unt…
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Host Chris Palmero has been listening to a lot of Christian apologetics programs lately. He is therefore now compelled to conduct a full-length parody of them. In this satirical broadcast, Dr. E, the renowned host of the Season of Reason Christian Apologetics Show, interviews the formidable Christian apologist Dr. Walter Pupp. Dr. Pupp - who was sa…
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The gospel of Matthew is in the sights of BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY's Brighten the Corners miniseries on the late dates and spurious authorship of the New Testament books. Host Chris Palmero discusses the limits of the conventional ways of assigning a date to Matthew's gospel. Anyone who listens to this episode can learn about how both fundamental…
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BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY continues to brighten the corners with an exploration of the date and authorship of the Gospel of Mark. Host Chris Palmero examines the conventional paradigms and presents a new perspective. Anyone who listens to this episode can learn about how mainstream theologians - as well as fundamentalists - have pinpointed the dat…
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BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY presents its recurring Brighten the Corners miniseries that explains the historical background of major topics in Christian origins. Today, host Chris Palmero explores the creation of the New Testament. Anyone who listens to this episode can learn about the theory of the theologian David Trobisch: that a single, original,…
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The series finale of the exposure of Pliny's letter about Christians as a forgery. BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY surveys the wreckage left in its wake. We climbed and we climbed. Oh, how we climbed. Anyone who listens to this episode can learn that no one until 1502 AD seems aware of Pliny's Letter, unless they've heard about it from the writings of T…
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The assault on Pliny's Letter about the Christians approaches its glorious conclusion. We continue the close reading and criticism of this famous text. Anyone who listens to this episode can learn about how even on the most conservative models, there wouldn't have been enough Christians in the entire world in the time of Pliny for the events he des…
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The siege of Pliny's Letter continues as host Chris Palmero proceeds further in the close reading of this Christian forgery of the late second century. Anyone who listens to this episode can learn about other contemporary Christian forgeries written over the name of an emperor, about the poetic structure and literary devices used by the forger of P…
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Part four of the grand exposé of Pliny's fake letter about the Christians. Host Chris Palmero continues the close reading and exposes strange elements of this text that are rarely discussed. Anyone who listens to this episode can learn about the late origin of the term "Christian," about the baffling lack of any geographical references in Pliny's l…
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This is the third part of the investigation into Pliny's letter, as BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY continues the march through Roman history to find some precedent for the persecution of Christians, a persecution that is somehow accepted by Pliny and Trajan before they even put pen to paper. Anyone who listens to this episode can learn about a major ar…
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The sinister voice of host Chris Palmero heralds the second part of the renowned effort to make the case that Pliny's letter about the Christians is a forgery. Both Pliny and Trajan seem to accept that Christianity is illegal even before they put pen to paper. For this to make sense, there would have to have been some precedent for the persecution …
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The Roman official Pliny the Younger supposedly wrote a letter that mentioned the Christian religion, all the way back in 112 AD. If this letter is genuine, it represents a major threat to BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY. Therefore, host Chris Palmero launches a new multi-part series: the most comprehensive effort of the past three hundred years to prov…
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A new regular feature in which host Chris Palmero examines and compares two passages from ancient books: one that suggests an early origin for Christianity, and one that suggests that Christianity was indeed BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY. In our first vision in this Temple of Time, we listen as Justin Martyr tells us about geriatric volcel Christians …
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The radioactively controversial Letter to the Galatians makes no sense if we read it the "official" way. But its many notorious problems are no match for the wave of mutilation that is BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY, which crashes here over the first two chapters of this baffling book. Anyone who listens to this episode can learn about chapters 1 and 2…
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The mysterious Letter to the Galatians has long baffled the Bible experts, with its image of a defiant Paul raging against Peter and the other apostles. Paul somehow insists that his authority is superior to theirs, even though they supposedly walked with the historical Jesus. Strange as this letter may seem to the theologians, BORN IN THE SECOND C…
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A forgotten Christian document of 130 AD with a lot to say about Jesus. But what it says is that this Jesus was not a living man in the recent past who robbed a fish, boiled a fish, or forced his unpaid workers to catch 153 fish. He is a gnostic savior deity who descended to earth to "manifest in flesh," a figure of mystical speculation, not of ora…
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The wave of mutilation that is BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY now looms over this forgotten book from the infancy of Christianity: the Letter of Barnabas. By "infancy of Christianity" we mean 130 AD. It reveals that a rabbit grows a new anus each year, that a weasel conceives via its mouth, and by the way, Jesus Christ was never a mortal man. But he di…
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Even the most important book in history - the gospel of Mark - is not safe from the wave of mutilation that is BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY. The writing that hauled a god down to earth will itself be hauled into a bin labelled "fake second century legends." Anyone who listens to this episode can learn about how the gospel of Mark was written half a c…
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First Thessalonians, the so-called letter of Paul supposedly from the 40's AD, is shown to have actually been written by a pair of anonymous, power-hungry clerics 70 years later. Chapters three through five are here covered. Anyone who listens to this episode can learn about the true origins of the infamous "rapture" passage, and also about Timothy…
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The so-called earliest Christian document - First Thessalonians, a letter of Paul, meets its demise at the hands of BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY. Anyone who listens to this episode can learn about the true origins of the religion of Paul, whether Paul himself was a historical figure, and the problems with the traditional view of his letters and their…
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The general introduction to BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY, and a reading of the infamous Fragment of Quadratus. Anyone who listens to this episode can learn about all the difficult problems that come from viewing Christianity as a religion that began after the supposed death of Jesus of Nazareth around 30 AD. Host Chris Palmero presents an alternative…
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