37 episodes

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.

Born in the Second Century Chris Palmero

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 27 Ratings

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.

    37. The Sermon on the Mount. Three Year Anniversary Show.

    37. The Sermon on the Mount. Three Year Anniversary Show.

    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.


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    Music: Pompeii Gray on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud

    • 53 min
    36. John's Gospel, Finale. The Pearl and the Currents.

    36. John's Gospel, Finale. The Pearl and the Currents.

    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 examining the author's use of traditional setpieces like the Anointing at Bethany, the Entry into Jerusalem, the Division of Garments, the Two Malefactors, and the Vinegar Sponge, we demonstrate beyond any doubt that John's Gospel is a derivative work.

    Anyone who listens to this episode can learn about who wrote the Gospel of John; whether Justin Martyr was aware of the Gospel of John; why Christian theologians shouldn't use irreverent humor; and the meaning of the mysterious word "Pavement" that the author uses. 

    Opening reading: Philip K. Dick's short story about a failed-time travel experiment helps demonstrate how the Jesus of John, like the proverbial pearl swept up in the currents, is doomed to suffer the same fate as his Synoptic counterpart.
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    Music: Pompeii Gray on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud

    • 2 hr 8 min
    35. John's Gospel, Part Three. Unmitigated Chaos.

    35. John's Gospel, Part Three. Unmitigated Chaos.

    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 performs the Raising of Lazarus.

    Anyone who listens to this episode can learn about why the general public never seems to learn anything new about Jesus; about the origins of the strange new ritual in the Gospel of John; why some Christians thought that the Beloved Disciples would never die; why the middle chapters of john are so chaotic; why John doesn't seem to think that Jesus was born in Bethlehem; and about the several rewrites of the Lazarus Miracle.

    Opening reading: An academic paper by Hugo Mendez about the Gospel of John being a forgery has got the usually staid Mainstream Theologians extremely excited.
    Support the showYouTube: @borninthesecondcentury
    E-mail: secondcenturypodcast@gmail.com
    Music: Pompeii Gray on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud

    • 2 hr 8 min
    34. John's Gospel, Part Two. No Sign will be Given.

    34. John's Gospel, Part Two. No Sign will be Given.

    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 problems with the "Ecclesiastical Redactor" hypothesis; why John told us that Jesus was conducting baptisms; what the next logo of Born in the Second Century will look like; and why Jesus said that a prophet is only without honor in his hometown.

    Opening reading: Jesus cures the Royal Official's son, in a scene that not only borrows from Mark, Matthew, and Luke, but also gives John an opportunity to counteract those authors' opinions about miracles.
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    E-mail: secondcenturypodcast@gmail.com
    Music: Pompeii Gray on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud

    • 1 hr 37 min
    33. John's Gospel Spurious and Derivative, Part One. Deceptively Primitive.

    33. John's Gospel Spurious and Derivative, Part One. Deceptively Primitive.

    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 Jesus' ministry. John should be seen not as the weird younger brother of the Synoptics, but as the semi-respectable older brother of the early Apocryphal Gospels now extant, like those of Peter and Philip.
    Opening segment: a new discovery announced in August of 2023 threatens all that this podcast stands for.

    Anyone who listens to this episode can learn about whether John knew the name of Jesus' mother; Peter's hometown; why John doesn't bother to list out the Twelve Disciples; whether John knew Aramaic; why John moved the Temple Cleansing story to the beginning of his Gospel; whether John knew that Jesus was an exorcist; the specific reason why so many are so strongly convinced that Jesus was a historical figure; ; the danger of New Testament AIs; and a new variant reading of the famous John 3:16.


    Support the showYouTube: @borninthesecondcentury
    E-mail: secondcenturypodcast@gmail.com
    Music: Pompeii Gray on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud

    • 2 hr 14 min
    32. The Resurrection Appearances, Part Two. From Justin to Celsus.

    32. The Resurrection Appearances, Part Two. From Justin to Celsus.

    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 well as the lost book called the Preaching of Peter, are also explored. Finally, Justin Martyr's version of the Resurrection story is analyzed, to see whether he is in fact using the New Testament Gospels as his source.

    Anyone who listens to this episode can learn about the earliest evidence for Christians in the city of Rome; why Jesus and the disciples are sometimes said to eat a meal during the Resurrection Appearance; why Jesus invites the disciples to touch him in some stories; about how Celsus' story of the Resurrection clashes with that of the New Testament; the Preaching of Peter and its possible links to Mark's Gospel; and the true source of Justin's strange "account" of the Resurrection.

    Opening reading: the Roman poet Martial, from the turn of the second century, grumbles about his neighbor in the manner of Annette Benning from American Beauty.
    Support the showYouTube: @borninthesecondcentury
    E-mail: secondcenturypodcast@gmail.com
    Music: Pompeii Gray on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud

    • 1 hr 37 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

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Bro…

You are a beast. I am only one episode into the Barnabas series and I am thoroughly entertained. Fantastic work here.

cylonstalker ,

Challenging and Informative

Very educational. Learning much about the myth of Christianity.

AllyMariee2 ,

An in depth analysis of Christianity even a layperson can appreciate

Born catholic and raised rather loosely in the faith, my understanding of Christianity is primitive- Jesus was born, died on the cross, rose from the dead, yada, yada, yada. Chris’s easy conversational style draws me in to a compelling history of Christianity is never had interest in before, like the World Religions class you never took in college but could have really appreciated. I look forward to other series from this author.

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