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

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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3 Comments on “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.

    • 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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