Writes one reader about yesterday's announcement that archeologists have found the oldest known image of the apostles Andrew and John in Rome:
absolute and utter nonsense. the article is irresponsible in not making clear to the reader that these images were created hundreds of years after the fact by enemies of Christ (Romans) who subsequently saw it as political beneficial to gain political control of the otherwise uncontrollable christian cult for the purpose of expanding the roman empire.
The Roman Catholic Church was established starting with the conference in Nice (322 AD). The images are those of Romans/Italians and bear no relationship whatsoever with the actual people. It is utterly incorrect and misleading to refer to these as "images of apostles" or even worst stating that they are the "oldest known". We must categorically reject the continued propagation of such shameless falsehoods almost 2000 yrs later in this 21st century. These are no more the apostles than Michaelangelos' images of his uncle in churches across our nation are true images of Jesus. The life of jesus and the apostles and emulating it is what we should obsess over – not ancient Roman propaganda.