I know there’s a certain futility in pointing out mistakes in Garth George’s columns – its like staring at the sun trying to figure out which parts are hotter and brighter. George’s column today is about Jesus:
He came into a world which, in human terms, had much in common with the world today. Globalisation, for instance, was a reality. The Roman Empire straddled almost the whole of the known world.
This is certainly what Garth would have been taught back when he was at school but we now know that most of the population of the world lived in China and India back in 1 AD and that the Roman Empire – while interesting from an historical viewpoint – was somewhat smaller than the Han dynasty and a lot less sophisticated. The main religions in the world were Buddhism, Confucianism and Hinduism and they’d endure as the top three for about 1500 years.
I’ve often thought that if you wanted to save mankind then Roman occupied Judea was a strange place to do it; if I were God I’d have gone to the Ganges or Yangtze river valleys – in numbers of souls saved that was definitely where the action was. Better food too.