Author: Acharya S
What is the ummah?
The word “ummah” is used within Islam to describe the global community of Muslims. This term is derived from the ancient Semitic word um or umm, meaning “MOTHER” and “thus hints at the ideal mother-child relationship.” This fact of the word connoting MOTHERHOOD is betrayed by the abject mistreatment of…Read More
What does the Koran say about nonbelievers?
- Acharya S
Ah, the peace, love and tolerance! Here are some delightful sentiments that we should encourage spreading around the world! Why, oh why, are there violent religious fanatics attacking nonbelievers all over the globe?? [/sarc] “About sixty-one percent of the contents of the Koran are found to speak ill of the…Read More
Krishna’s mother’s status ultimately irrelevant to subject of parthenogenesis
The world is falling apart, so it’s hard to believe there are Christian fanatics trolling the internet, arguing about THIS subject. Regardless of any specifics, the point is that the concept of the VIRGIN MOTHER PROGENITOR OF THE COSMOS is very ancient and predates Christianity by many thousands of years.…Read More
Top 10 myths about the religion part of Zeitgeist
If you’re one of the hundreds of millions globally who have seen the first or religion part of the first “ZEITGEIST” film, you will appreciate the short list I’ve put together at Examiner.com: http://www.examiner.com/list/top-10-myths-about-the-religion-part-of-zeitgeist Included in my article are images like the one below: As you will see, there is…Read More
Ignorance is the mother of religious devotion
I love this quote from the erudite Rev. Dr. Geddes so much that it will be prominently featured in my book Did Moses Exist? “On the whole, then, I think it may be laid down as an axiom that the bulk of Christians, whether Papists or Protestants, cannot be said…Read More
Mainstream scholarship: Abraham and Moses mythicism is respectable
Note how this Wiki article reports that modern scholars question the historicity of the biblical story of the Israelite patriarch Joseph, using comparative religion/mythology: “Modern day scholars believe the historicity of the events in the Joseph narrative cannot be demonstrated. Hermann Gunkel, Hugo Gressmann and Gerhard von Rad identified the…Read More
Cracked.com’s shockingly crappy article about ‘Religulous’ and ‘Zeitgeist’
- Acharya S
Cracked.com had an article disparaging documentaries “shockingly full of crap” that included the first “Zeitgeist” film. Unfortunately, the article itself – which had almost a million views in one day – is shockingly full of crap, as the author has a very superficial knowledge of the subject of comparative religion…Read More
Israelite slavery and plunder
Since childhood, many of us have been subjected repeatedly to the biblical story of the poor, downtrodden Hebrew “slaves” of the Exodus, who had to flee Egypt while being chased by the wicked old pharaoh. Not only is there no scientific evidence for such an event, but how many people…Read More
Restoring Alaskan culture and dignity
When I was a small child, we did not have smart phones, computers, the internet, Netflix, DVD players or VCRs. So, it was with great wonder when one week in social studies class we were shown a series of remarkable films using a reel-to-reel movie projector, a technology new to…Read More
Washington: Free-speech street activist has pioneer city scratching its head
UPDATE: Olson continues to do his free-speech activism and has been cited twice now, with the possible penalty of a $1000 fine and/or 90 days in jail. The free-speech activist in question is one of my oldest friends, Erik “Arhata Osho” Olson, whom I’ve known for almost 30 years. Arhata…Read More
No, Zeitgeist has not been refuted!
- Acharya S
In addition to the numerous supposed “debunking” sites are images that purport to refute the first or religion part of the first “Zeitgeist” film (“ZG1.1”). We have already demonstrated the brief summary contentions in ZG1.1 to be largely accurate. In addition to numerous articles and a nearly 600-page book on…Read More
Where all the trouble began…
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Orpheus, Gnosticism and Christianity
Here is the Youtube edition of my interview with Miguel Conner of Aeon Byte radio about the ancient cult of Orpheus and its relationship to Christianity and Gnosticism. In this program, I discuss a possibly pre-Christian artifact of “Orpheos Bakkikos” on a cross, as well as many other subjects. If…Read More
Did Jesus calm Wallenda’s winds?
Like hundreds of millions around the world, I watched in fascination as Nik Wallenda inched his way across a 1,400-ft-high gorge in Colorado billed as the “Grand Canyon.” It was a great spectacle, to say the least. Highly distracting for a freethinker, of course, were the opening prayer by Joel…Read More
Radio program: A pre-Christian crucifix and origins of Gnosticism
Happy Solstice!* In a program debuting on June 22, 2013, I discuss with Miguel Conner of Aeon Byte Radio the possible Orphic influences on Christianity, including a human figure on a cross that appears to be pre-Christian. This small gemstone of a crucifix was featured on the cover of a…Read More
Let’s end religious fanaticism and hatred!
Forcing children and other innocents into a religion, sect or cult, without educating them about options or giving them choices, represents CHILD ABUSE and FASCISM. Adding death threats to the mix, as punishment for individuals leaving the religion, sect or cult, is just plain EVIL. If you are a member…Read More
Moses versus Dionysus? Buddha and Jesus? Orpheus or Christ?
In case you haven’t gotten copies of the enclosed ebooks, be sure to take a look. At this slow time of the year, I am still in need of assistance for my Moses project. As one can imagine, in consideration of the massive amount literature written about the subject over…Read More
The Return of the Goddess radio program, 5/25-26
For the next couple of days, my friend Miguel Conner is doing a re-broadcast of his radio program with the fabulous Barbara G. Walker, author of the amazing book Man Made God among other literary achievements. To listen, go to the following URL: http://www.aeonbytegnosticradio.com/ There you can click on the…Read More
A Pre-Christian ‘God’ on a Cross?
While I am moving closer to the publication of my Moses book, I could use some assistance, so I’m offering a brand-new, 40-page ebook entitled, “A Pre-Christian ‘God’ on a Cross? My paper examines a famous artifact of a crucifix with the inscription “Orpheos Bakkikos.” A Pre-Christian ‘God’ on a…Read More
Oldest Maya solar observatory and parallels between Old and New World cultures
Please see my new Examiner article: Oldest Maya solar observatory gives rise to new origin theory This brief article touches upon a fascinating subject that includes as a central feature of the pre-Christian Mayan religion and mythology the cyclical death and resurrection of the solar maize/fertility god. As I say…Read More
Mythicist book about Bart Ehrman and the Christ myth
- Acharya S
The collaborative rebuttal of Bart Ehrman’s book Did Jesus Exist? is available both in Kindle and hard copy. This one-of-a-kind volume is entitled Bart Erhman and the Quest of the Historical Jesus of Nazareth: An Evaluation of Ehrman’s Did Jesus Exist? (Cranford, NJ: American Atheist Press, 2012). The book includes…Read More
Surya the sun god
Meet Surya, sun god of India. Surya has been worshipped by Indians for at least 3,000 years, appearing in the ancient text the Rig Veda and many other writings since then. The name “Syria” derives from the same word and means “sun.” Related Indian words for “sun” include sura and…Read More
The gods may be crazy, but they are not aliens!
- Acharya S
Once again, it’s time for History Channel to trot out its “Ancient Aliens” series, which is apparently popular enough for them to run it a couple times a year. I am always surprised that HC continues to do so, since it is likely that they have received many complaints from…Read More
Dawkins tweets Jesus mythicism
- Acharya S
On April 10, biologist and atheist writer Dr. Richard Dawkins tweeted about comparisons among Jesus, Dionysus, Horus and Krishna, posting an image from the film “Zeitgeist” that included Attis and Mithra. He asks: Comparisons often made of Jesus with Horus, Dionysus, Krishna etc. Any real scholars out there confirm each…Read More
Is the Bible the great moral basis of the United States?
Conservative American commentator Dennis Praeger has a column from April 2013, “The Bible vs. Heart,” in which he makes a number of claims regarding the use of the Bible as a moral compass, remarking: I offer the single most politically incorrect statement a modern American — indeed a modern Westerner,…Read More