Now I know I promised theology, but I stumbled upon this really interesting topic! I was browsing YouTube and I found myself stranded in the weird side of town, where cats fart rainbows and Russian guys explode stuff. Amongst all the chaos I found a video about this “conspiracy” theory, and it was pretty entertaining. So here we go, “The Phantom Time Hypothesis”!
Alright, so in 1986 a German historian named Heribert Illig started developing a theory, which stated that the years AD 614-911 never existed. Now I’ll explain how he came to this conclusion.
In 1582 Pope Gregory created the calendar we use today by correcting the original Julian calendar which was created by Julius Caesar. See, the Julian calendar was created in 46 BC and since then it lost approximately one day each century. When Gregory corrected it he should have added thirteen days because thirteen centuries had passed, but instead he added ten. Therefore Illig says that Pope Gregory knew that three centuries never even happened. Illig also points to the scare archeological and written evidence from the dark ages.
Historians argue that events like eclipses can be accurately dated to the time that medieval records mention. Therefore records from China synchronize with European events. They also say Gregory only added ten days because he wanted to match the date with the official date of Easter (Agreed in the council of Nicaea in AD 325). But guess what, all critics have admitted that this theory still cannot be disproved.
Now me personally I don’t believe this, I just thought it was pretty interesting. If this was true it would mess up the timeline so much. Today would not be 2014, but instead 1717. This would change all the dates from past events! The opposing argument definitely has more facts backing it up, but it’s up to you to decide what you believe. The world may never know!