Luigi Cascioli From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Luigi Cascioli is an Italian atheist and author of the book The Fable of Christ. When Cascioli was younger he trained to become a Roman Catholic priest, but during his training came to believe that Jesus never existed. He later expounded on this in his book, which further claims that Jesus was a fictionalisation of the historical John of Gamala.In response to this book, in 2002, a local priest, Father Enrico Righi, published a critique of Cascioli in a church newsletter. On September 13, 2002, Cascioli filed a lawsuit against the Catholic Church, and Father Righi in particular, for libel against him, and for breaking other laws in regard to the content of his book. (Cascioli claims that the Catholic Church is promoting fraud by proclaiming the truth of the existence of Christ.)Originally, the Italian judge threw out the case, but the Court of Appeal asserted that there was a genuine case to answer. On January 27, 2006, an Italian judge began taking initial hearings to decide whether the case should be allowed to come to court. On February 9, 2006, the judge again threw out the case and recommended an investigation of Cascioli for slander against Father Righi.
The Man Who Sued God (fictional movie)
Luigi Cascioli's personal website
"Prove Christ exists, Judge orders priest", Timesonline.com, January 03, 2006.
Christ's existence challenged, January 21, 2006
"Italy court asks: Did Jesus exist?", Cnn.com, January 22, 2006.
BBC News, January 27, 2006
"Judge shelves case over Jesus' existence", Boston.com, February 9, 2006.
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