Monday, November 30, 2009
Truth or Fiction with Acharya S: "The 2010 Astrotheology Calendar"
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Here's my latest Freethought Examiner article:
'Tis the season for slaughter
It is an unfortunate fact that this "Thanksgiving" season is filled with massive animal slaughter worldwide. With the convergence of the American holiday with the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha and the Hindu buffalo sacrifice, the last few days have been a nightmare for animals. Although they are all obviously cruel to the animals involved, there are some differences between these mass slaughters that can be highlighted. Naturally, in our quest for true enlightenment and humanity, we can continue to reduce brutality and cruelty no matter where found and the reason behind it....
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Giving thanks to unsung heroes
An open letter to firefighters, police, paramedics, ER doctors, nurses and other civil servants and social workers
As hard as I work and as much as I try to pitch in to help improve life on planet Earth, there are several jobs it would be impossible for me to do. At this season of giving thanks, I would like to express my appreciation to those who can and do perform these difficult tasks, day in and day out, often for little pay and even less recognition. These are frequently the jobs that few want and that are taken by those who must truly feel a calling. I'm talking about occupations that are not only dangerous but also traumatizing, gory, gross and scary, like...
Please see the following for the rest:
I truly mean what I say there - I am so grateful for all the people who help keep together society's infrastructure!
If you agree, please read my article, comment there and pass it around, especially to anyone you know who is one of these unsung heroes!
And have a great holiday - wherever you live, making each day a celebration of life!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I've completely revised and updated my article "The Origins of Christianity and the Quest for the Historical Jesus Christ."
My "Origins" article is the one that started it all, back in the early 1990s. In 1993, I wrote a letter of about a dozen pages and sent it around to some 60 publications, explaining how there was no credible scientific evidence that the gospel character of "Jesus Christ" was a historical figure and that there were many reasons to presume that he was, in fact, as mythical as Hercules.
In 1995, I posted this article online - a revolutionary act at the time, as I was one of relatively few people doing anything in this subject. As such, my TruthBeKnown.com site received quite a bit of traffic, and the article eventually ranked no. 1 in the world for a variety of search terms.
The fervent debate over this article led to me to write a short booklet, which turned out to be a 450-page book instead called The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold. And the rest, as they say, is history! Or mythology, as the case may be.
I have since written extensively about many of the most controversial claims in Christ Con, producing Suns of God, "Who Was Jesus?, Christ in Egypt and much more. The Christ Conspiracy was published in 1999, and it is need of revision. However, I decided to take the original article upon which it was based and revise it as part of a new book project called The Christ Myth Anthology!
The Christ Myth Anthology is a collection of previously published essays and articles, such as can be found in Suns of God, Who Was Jesus? and Christ in Egypt, along with much new research. As I have done with the revised "Origins" article, I have used different sources in order to demonstrate the same thesis, without the difficulties my other sources brought with them.
When you read this newly revised "Origins" article - which is in fact a 30-page ebook for downloading, printing and passing around - you will note the many changes both in the language describing, for example, the various godmen who make up "The Characters" section and in the numerous sources.
This ebook is fully cited, with 286 footnotes and a bibliography listing over 150 sources.
If you haven't read my "Origins" article before, you will be pleasantly surprised, I hope, by the revelations therein. If you have read it previously - or The Christ Conspiracy, which was produced from it - you will likewise be pleased, I hope, to see the new and improved material in the document·
Enjoy - and be sure to keep an eye out for my new book The Christ Myth Anthology, which will hopefully be out in early 2010!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Renowned photog and interviewer David Shankbone has posted a brand new interview of me on his blog:
David has photographed hordes of famous people, providing some 4,000 images for Wikipedia over the years. He has also interviewed some very famous people, including Israeli president Shimon Perez, Wiki founder Jimmy Wales and infamous Muslim apostate Salman Rushdie.
If you have an interest in humanity's celebrations of antiquity and their relationship to each other and today's religions, you will want to have this calendar!
Here are some great new reviews of "The 2010 Astrotheology Calendar":
5.0 out of 5 stars
Historical accuracy recaptured...in a calendar, November 5, 2009
By Elisabeth Biernik
I absolutely love this calendar!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars
Outstanding in all ways!, November 7, 2009
By Charles Johnson "C.J." (Highland, TX)
I also appreciated the "cool stuff" section.
And there are sources for further reading and a bibliography.
What a totally cool idea!
THE 2010 ASTROTHEOLOGY CALENDAR IS AVAILABLE INTERNATIONALLY THROUGH AMAZON!
If you haven't watched my new calendar video, go for it! The video has my voiceover and loads of great images - and it's been reuploaded with new music.
Acharya S/D.M. Murdock
Author, "The Christ Conspiracy," "Suns of God," "Who Was Jesus?," "Christ in Egypt," "The Gospel According to Acharya S" and "The 2010 Astrotheology Calendar"
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
In reality, I was aware from the beginning of the various conspiracy theories and have watched them continue to grow and morph in shape. Indeed, "some of my best friends" have been involved in the "9/11 Truth Movement," and over the years we've all been bombarded with these theories on my group "From Fun to Superconsciousness."
Moreover, I possess a number of DVDs, including one with the environmental toxicity of the attack. In the earliest days, there was talk of the Mossad and controlled demolition, as well as the "pulling" of Building 7, as stated by its owner Larry Silverstein, not long after that. I have also spent time at Alex Jones's site, as well as various other 9/11 conspiracy sites such as Scholars for Truth. I am well aware of who are Stephen Jones and David Lee Griffin. Moreover, I have also perused the Debunking 911 website, and I've watched the History Channel's "9-11 Conspiracy Theories" documentary. I have also read the mainstream perspective, as in Popular Mechanics, a favorite magazine of my dear departed father.
Who flew the planes? And how did these planes escape the notice the American authorities? Was somebody asleep? And what about Building 7? These are all great questions raised by the "Troofers."
In consideration of the amount of oil money and ingenuity in battle possessed by various Arabs, including the Saudi family over the past decades since they usurped their foes on the Arab Peninsula, as well as how much experience the BILLIONAIRE many times over Osama bin Laden has in terrorism globally, not to mention his civil-engineering education as well as his apparent need to impose strict fundamentalist Islamic Wahhabism on the rest of the world, I do believe it would be both perilous and egregious to absolve all Arab involvement in this massive terrorist act. And it would certainly be foolish to underestimate the role of these fanatics in future attacks.
Yes, 9/11 was an inside job. It was a job done from the inside by everyone who has ever lined the pockets of the filthy-rich oil bandits who brought it about, whether they be the Saudis, the Bushes or both. 9/11 was the product of the world's addiction to the oil standard, and the lack of vision among the leaders and the common people alike in regard to energy alternatives. Without the oil addiction, there would not have been an Iraq war; hence, any excuse about "blowback" would have been invalid. (Not that Islamists need such an excuse, as infidels just existing is enough reason to shriek and wail about "aggression" against them.)
Whether it was the good ol' oil boys in Washington, or their Saudi compadres, giving these individuals hundreds of billions of dollars in oil money makes us the insiders who helped pull this job.
If you want to be an "outsider" of terrorist acts, GET OFF THE OIL STANDARD.
I have gone to the source (hat tip to Shad Pantle) and posted the original here, with a link to what is evidently the author's blog.
Why the Peaceful Majority is Irrelevant
by Paul E. Marek
I used to know a man whose family were German aristocracy prior to World War Two. They owned a number of large industries and estates. I asked him how many German people were true Nazis, and the answer he gave has stuck with me and guided my attitude toward fanaticism ever since.
“Very few people were true Nazis” he said, “but, many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.”
We are told again and again by “experts” and “talking heads” that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unquantified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is, that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars world wide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. The hard quantifiable fact is, that the “peaceful majority” is the “silent majority” and it is cowed and extraneous.
Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people. The Average Japanese individual prior to World War 2 was not a war mongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of Killing that included the systematic killing of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And, who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were “peace loving”.
History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points. Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by the fanatics. Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awake one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun. Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Bosnians, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others, have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of life.
Monday, November 09, 2009
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Buddhism in prison - a good idea?
Ultimately, there is a reason we rarely hear about Buddhist terrorists, murderers, rapists, thieves and so on. In consideration of this fact, it might be wise to increase the availability of Buddhistic thought within prisons, the realm of the most difficult and hardened individuals on the planet. Increasing difficulties and hardening via fanaticism that teaches supremacy of the faithful and hatred for unbelievers—to be manifested in a myriad of aggressive, hostile and violent ways—is certainly not the answer. Nor is proselytizing the projection of one's life and responsibility on a giant man in the sky an appropriate solution. Teaching how to create a peaceful mind, body and soul represents the most productive path for all human beings, whether incarcerated or not. For, in the end, if we do not develop our own innate morality and integrity, we remain in a prison of our own making.
Friday, November 06, 2009
Following are excerpts of reviews you'll want to read!
"...We are in agreement on the thoroughly syncretic character of primitive Christianity, evolving from earlier mythemes and rituals, especially those of Egypt. It is almost as important in Christ in Egypt to argue for an astro-religious origin for the mythemes, and there, too, I agree with the learned author....
"...I find it undeniable that...many, many of the epic heroes and ancient patriarchs and matriarchs of the Old Testament were personified stars, planets, and constellations..."
"I find myself in full agreement with Acharya S/D.M. Murdock: 'we assert that Christianity constitutes Gnosticism historicized and Judaized, likewise representing a synthesis of Egyptian, Jewish and Greek religion and mythology, among others [including Buddhism, via King Asoka's missionaries] from around the "known world"' (p. 278). 'Christianity is largely the product of Egyptian religion being Judaized and historicized' (p. 482)."
Dr. Robert M. Price,
Author, "The Pre-Nicene New Testament"
"What a magnificent work!"
"This is the book that should convince any rational reader that the Jesus story is the Horus story is the story of the heavens and of the seasons; the story containing motifs outlining humankind's year by year struggle to survive and progress; the story of birth, life, death, and resurrection....
"We must take control of our futures by taking control our past by remembering what truly was. Acharya is helping us to remember what was and why."
Allan J., UK
If you enjoy the history of religion, you will absolutely want to have this book! And, of course, it will make a great Christmas gift for anyone who loves comparative religion and mythology.
Acharya S/D.M. Murdock
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
I have little doubt that this well wisher hasn't read a word of my writing. He obviously has no clue about history if he thinks "there is [sic] no remaining 'pagan' writings to support your own writings." I have never said such a thing, and I have demonstrated in Christ in Egypt in particular that there are THOUSANDS of pages of "remaining 'pagan' writings" to support my contentions.
Talk about lies.
Nice hate speech from a loving Christian.
--- On Wed, 11/4/09, J. T. Tomlinson
> From: J. T. Tomlinson
> Subject: You are headed to a Devil's Hell
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2009, 5:59 PM
> are a foolish woman that is on her way to a Devil's
> Hell. You speak in lies and have no idea of the truth of
> Jesus Christ. You should do real research and find out who
> Jesus really is, not this falsified research you claim to
> have done and print said lies in books. How can you have
> researched these things when you yourself say there is no
> remaining 'pagan' writings to support your own
> writings. You really need to get with the truth and stop
> printing these lies you write.
Monday, November 02, 2009
Dr. Sultan kindly agreed to let me interview her for my Freethought Examiner column -
Particularly important are the wise words of advice she has for Americans to protect themselves against what she calls "the evils of Islam."
PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS WISE WOMAN'S MESSAGE TO AMERICA TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW.
Post it on message boards, social networking like Facebook, MySpace and other Web 2.0 such as Twitter, Digg, Reddit, Stumbleupon and so on.
Let's get the word out - Dr. Sultan deserves our attention and respect. She lives under constant death threats, as she states in this exclusive interview.
She also states:
"Under Islamic sharia, a woman is not considered a free being. She is mentally unfit to decide her own life."
If you are a woman or if you love any women, you need to pay attention to Dr. Sultan, as your very freedoms depend upon it.
If you've never shared any of my messages before, please do so with this one - Dr. Sultan's message is vitally important to the entire future of Western civilization.
Thank you for your attention to this important matter.
Acharya S/D.M. Murdock