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Holy miscalculation: The entire Christian calendar is based on a sixth-century monk’s ‘mistake,’

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The National Post:

The entire Christian calendar is based on a miscalculation, according to Pope Benedict, who claims in a book published Wednesday that Jesus was born several years earlier than commonly believed.

The “mistake” was made by a sixth century monk known as Dionysius Exiguus or in English Dennis the Small, the Pontiff says in the book Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives.

“The calculation of the beginning of our calendar — based on the birth of Jesus — was made by Dionysius Exiguus, who made a mistake in his calculations by several years,” the Pope writes in the book, which went on sale around the world with an initial print run of a million copies. “The actual date of Jesus’s birth was several years before.”

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Posted by on November 23, 2012. Filed under Christianity,Europe,Italy,Jesus Son Of Mary,Religion,Research. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

3 Responses to Holy miscalculation: The entire Christian calendar is based on a sixth-century monk’s ‘mistake,’

  1. Anisa

    November 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Good they realized it so soon.

  2. Renate Chaudry

    November 25, 2012 at 2:00 am

    All the other dates are supposedly wrong too: Jesus was apparently born around September, not December. Christmas was a pre-Christian celebration where people celebrated the winter solstice (21 December), i.e. the end of the long days and the coming new year; and Easter was a celebration of spring, or new life. The pre-Christian people, or pagans as they are more usually referred to, had their own deities based on nature. Most dates are based on the movement of the solar system.

  3. Rafiq A. Tschannen

    November 25, 2012 at 2:46 am

    The challenge is that many people who recognize that Christian teachings are a ‘myth’ turn away from religion alltogether. Our challenge is to teach them the difference between Christianity and Islam and show them that although Christianity is largely a ‘myth’ Islam in fact is the True Religion (of the past, present and future).

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