Sunday, November 1, 2009

Writer's Block: Zeitgeist

I came across this video through a friend.

Apparently the film is a 2007 documentary by Peter Joseph about supposed 'historical and modern conspiracies'.

I do not particularly dislike films like this, because I do believe that we are not supposed to follow everything people pass off as truth.

Conspiracy theories are fascinating, however the film contains many allegations, including conspiracies about 9/11, Christianity and the banking system that I personally find to contain a classic style of using random truths taken out of context in an attempt to back it up.

Zeitgeist talks about Jesus as a sun god, with attributes similar to Horus, Attis, Dionysus, and Mirtha that include a virgin birth, 12 disciples, performance of miracles, burial and resurrection.

Already there is plenty wrong with this claim, but what I find even more ghastly is how these claims are built on the assumption that Jesus was born on December 25th.

While Christians generally celebrate Christmas Day/Jesus' birth, there is no evidence to believe that he was born on Dec 25. Scholars believe Jesus may have in fact been born in early fall or in spring, since December is cold and rainy in Judea.

Shepherds were in the fields watching their flocks at night at the time of Jesus' birth. But shepherds did not remain in the fields of Judea at night during December due to lack of forage and the bad weather, and it is likely the shepherds would have sought shelter for their flocks at night.

The foundation on which he builds his arguments are shaky, with plenty of mismatched facts that only look impressive at face value but crumble at the feet of simple research. Many of the facts presented are based on assumptions passed off as truth.

The film includes Joseph's theories about the 9/11 and the banking system that also contain facts, but in my opinion are twisted around for reasons only he knows why.

However I am including the video to be fair, to let you come up with your own opinion about this film.