1) there was a big religious battle going on at the time. The pagans were claiming that the catastrophes were due to the abandonment of the old gods. The Christians were claiming that the true god was simply testing humanity or punishing.Aragorn said:Yes, that was very interesting! I could have got it wrong, but I was left wondering about a few things regarding the gap:
- Why did the falsifies need specifically the environmental/celestial data during this gap to add credibility? Couldn't they have used some other events during that time to "tie it in" chronologically? I mean, if the celestial events were from the east, and they were transferred to as happening in the west, couldn't they be easily disproved? Then again, if there is no other sources from that time, there's nothing to compare the information with.
2) these events were weapons in this war.
3) the events built up to a particular event that was transferred to Gregory of Tours history that makes absolutely no sense in a Western European context, but could be the key as to what literally destroyed Rome and buried it under 27 feet of ocean silt. Moving that event out of the way was crucial.
4) such individuals are, by nature, lazy. Plus, they probably thought that people would not forget the events, though they could claim it happened somewhere else if somebody brought it up.
See above. The reports AFTER this gap, which contained the slam-dunk event, were rather prosaic and mild... things were calming down. The next big things that happened were the Avars followed by the Arabs.Aragorn said:- What did the falsifies gain by removing the celestial data from the east during this gap? I mean - and I could have it wrong - if the reports from the east appeared again after the gap, then the evidence for cometary activity would still be there for the afterworld to read. Was there something else and special going during this period of the gap, say political, that the celestial events in the east had to be erased?
Yes, it is an excellent book, isn't it? A real treasure. And written so entertainingly too!Aragorn said:Btw, the magnificent book by Courtney can also be found as a kindle version, and its pretty cheap, too:
Reading is a continuous "slap to the forehead" experience. Why haven't I previously noticed these glaring and blatant discrepancies in the gospels? Brilliant book!