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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Skeptic Mangles ZEITGEIST (and Religious History)

Here is my response to the piece in Eskeptic magazine.

Enjoy! And please do feel free to post this rebuttal wherever you wish.

Skeptic Mangles ZEITGEIST (and Religious History)
A Commentary
by Acharya S aka D.M. Murdock

It is a curious fact that writers who toss around the words "sloppy," "garbled" and "nonsense" are often guilty of these very things themselves. Case in point is the critical review of the first part of the internet movie "ZEITGEIST" by Skeptic magazine book editor Tim Callahan (Eskeptic, 2/25/09). Callahan proclaims "ZEITGEIST Part 1"--for which I was a source and last-minute consultant on the official version--to be "sloppy" and "garbled," and he proceeds to give his opinion as to its supposed errors. First of all, his declaration that much of the material in ZG is "plainly and simply bogus" is false. Callahan has evidently not even studied the sources meticulously cited on the ZG website to see from where this material comes. Instead, he gives the impression that the movie's creator, Peter Joseph, simply "made it up." Secondly, ZG is a simple summary of the thesis that Jesus is a rehash of the popular sun gods of the Roman Empire and beyond. The 25-minute segment was not meant to serve as a thorough scholarly analysis, so Callahan's talk about "greater scholarship" and "spurious scholarship" constitutes a mere snooty red herring.

For the rest, please see:

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Best-Selling Author Endorses "Who Was Jesus?"

I've just posted a really great review of my book Who Was Jesus? Fingerprints of The Christ" by David Mills, author of the best-seller Atheist Universe. Along with Dawkins, Hitchens and others, David is one of the handful of writers who have been cited extensively during the past several years of the "atheist revolution."

Here are some of his comments concerning my book:

"Ms. Murdock is one of only a tiny number of scholars with the richly diverse academic background (and the necessary courage) to adequately address the question of whether Jesus Christ truly existed as a walking-talking figure in first-century Palestine. This question, and many others related to New Testament reliability, are directly confronted and satisfyingly answered in Who Was Jesus? I loved this book. It is absolutely superb in every way, from the eloquence of the writing to the integrity of the scholarship. This book should be required reading in every American classroom....

"My personal recommendation is that Who Was Jesus? should be the first book purchased and studied by anyone, atheist or true believer, who wants to debate Jesus' existence and the Bible's veracity.... You should therefore make this book priority reading even over The God Delusion, God is Not Great and other excellent but, in my opinion, less important books than Murdock's....

"To summarize: D.M. Murdock's Who Was Jesus? Fingerprints of The Christ is unquestionably one of the finest and most enjoyable books I've ever read."

David Mills
Author of Atheist Universe

For the whole thing - and to get your copy of Who Was Jesus? - be sure to go to:


Monday, February 16, 2009

"ZEITGEIST, Part 1" Revisited

The great news is that we are anxiously awaiting the publication of Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection, which essentially proves the various contentions regarding the Egyptian god Horus as found in the official version of the hit internet movie "ZEITGEIST!"

In the meantime, I thought I'd direct your attention to a few videos created by a young fellow that likewise demonstrate a couple of the Horus-Jesus parallels. While the net is inundated by poorly researched "debunking" videos full of straw men and misstatements, these defender vids are part of a relative handful.

I was especially impressed by the Egyptologist (who sounds like Zahi Hawass) in the third video pointing out the phrase "Aset Meri," or Isis Mery, on an Egyptian monument.

One clarification on the statements from the second video below: In the Alexandrian calendar - used to this day by the Egyptian Christians called "Copts" - the month of Khoiak/Choiach is indeed December. Also, if this fellow had read my "Companion Guide to ZEITGEIST, Part 1," he would have known that we have ancient testimony from the writer Plutarch that, in the ancient mythology, Horus was born at the winter solstice. But our evidence doesn't end there, as you will see from Christ in Egypt.

If you would like a sneak-peak of Christ in Egypt, please do get a copy of my "Companion Guide to ZEITGEIST, Part 1." I think you will enjoy it!

Here's what one person just recently had to say about the Companion Guide:

"Your work in the Zeitgeist companion was phenomenal. . . Thank you for taking the time to explore truth. . ."

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

"Suns of God" Kudos, Q & A

I received the following email about my book Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled, and I thought I'd pass it along, as well as answer the questions this kind fellow has asked.

Suns of God was composed over the period between the release of The Christ Conspiracy and fall 2004, when it was published. Its composition was interrupted by a string of personal tragedies and traumas, including the death of my mother, but I managed to complete it regardless of tremendous adversity.

As I had done with The Christ Conspiracy, I researched, wrote, edited, proofed, typeset, indexed and did the illustrations for Suns of God entirely by myself. The cover was created professionally based on a mockup I originally designed.
From: FA
Date: Friday, February 6, 2009

Hi Acharya:

I hope things are getting better for you.

I wanted to let you know that I have been reading Suns of Gods. It is absolutely amazing the amount of information you have compiled into this book.

I just finished the section of "The Historical Jesus." I was blown away by the segment. I wish I would have known these facts many years ago. I have to wonder what makes man cling to the belief that there ever was a Jesus with all the information that exists that proves the bible was the work of idiots trying to create a new religion.

I was taken back by the vast amount of knowledge you must possess to be able to have put a book like Suns of Gods together. How long did it take you to write this book? Did you have help from anyone or was this material from your reading and your schooling?

"I think your book should be provided to schools and colleges for students to be able to read and understand that much of greatest selling book ever sold is nothing but stories from men who started a killing machine. Perhaps they were the work of the devil!!"

I wanted to drop a line and let you know how much I have been enjoying your book. I am looking forward to reading your next book Christ in Egypt.

Thank you, FA, for the kind words and kudos. FYI, we - yes, this time I've had help with the book - are putting the finishing touches on Christ in Egypt, and with any luck it will be available by the end of February. And once again, the completion of this book has been marked by adversity that has delayed its publication for months. At times it seems somebody doesn't want this astounding information to be put out there!