Afghanistan: Damned if you do or don’t

I am conflicted on the non-Afghan presence in the country of Afghanistan. If, on the one hand, the motive for occupation by Americans, et al., were really about stopping Muslim terrorism and creating a less impoverished, more democratic infrastructure, then I would be all for it.  If, on the other hand, it is largely about …

Scholar challenges academia over Christ myth

In the wake of my release of my ebook “The Origins of Christianity and the Quest for the Historical Jesus, the daring Danish scholar Dr. Christian Lindtner has come for with a bold statement regarding academia, the Christian church and the mythicist position. Dr. Lindtner received his PhD in Buddhist Studies from the University of …

Should religion be taught in public schools?

Although some people will object to any religion being taught in public schools, and they would be correct if it were simply proselytizing rather than unattached study, I for one believe that human beings should be as educated as possible on all forms of religion, philosophy and mythology as can reasonably be accomplished. In other …

What Egyptologists say about Egypt’s role in Christian origins

In the contentious field of Christian origins, there remain those who – apparently absent of serious study of the subject – continue to insist unscientifically that Egypt, the massive culture that essentially dominated the Mediterranean for centuries, had little to no influence on Christianity. As we know from the enormous amount of evidence I collected …

Jesus the Good and the Chrestians

In his monograph Chrestos: A Religious Epithet; Its Import and Influence, J.B. Mitchell describes the Jewish “agadists” who engaged in midrash or the reworking of ancient ideas and texts, remarking: By [midrash], remove and fantastic analogies, metaphors taken literally, ambiguities of all sorts, punning included, took the place of accurate ratiocination [_____]…. among Patristic and …

Who really discovered America?

An absolutely fascinating show about the pre-Columbian settlement and/or exploration of the Americas by peoples from several different parts of the “Old World,” from China to Ireland aired in June and October 2010 on the History Channel. The show was in two parts that explored the mysterious traditions and artifacts seemingly demonstrating voyages across the …

Is ‘Zeitgeist’ a cult?

Because of the “Zeitgeist” film series being associated in the mainstream media and blogosphere with Jared Loughner, the disturbed individuals who committed the heinous murders and injuries in Tucson, Arizona, the Zeitgeist Movement is now being deemed a “cult” by various writers on the internet. But is the Zeitgeist Movement or “TZM” as it is …

Islamic jihad is great for atheism

The rise of “political,” “radical” or “extreme” (fundamentalist) Islam globally is making strange bedfellows that in the end will likely be of tremendous benefit to one of the most hated minorities on the planet: Atheists. Although I do not call myself either a theist or atheist, as I reserve the right to entertain whatever thought …

Who is the Mahdi? The Israel-Palestine conflict in religious context

For years, there has been much talk about the Muslim Messiah, called the “Mahdi,” whose arrival is eagerly awaited by the ex-Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, among others. Indeed, the Iranian leadership reiterated its belief that the precious Mahdi would be arriving “soon,” a belief very similar to that of many Christians, who have been awaiting …

Dr. Price needs our help!

UPDATE (1/30/14): Bob Price is struggling again and could really use some assistance! I see that Bob’s got a funding page here – so far, so good in the past month. That should help! http://www.gofundme.com/5uex70 —– (Originally published on Oct 17, 2012) Bad news about my beloved friend, muse and colleague Dr. Robert M. Price! …

What is sharia law?

What is sharia or Islamic law? Sharia is followed by millions of people in Islam-dominant countries. Below are the popular elements of sharia purportedly ordained by Islamic holy writings, including the Quran and sahih hadiths, as asserted by many Muslim authorities over the centuries. Although the law differs from one Muslim country to the next, …

Pagan Parallels: Achilles Heel of Christianity

My forum mod’s put together a post on the pagan parallels to the “life of Christ” constantly bandied about around the internet. In my book The Christ Conspiracy, published in 1999, I included several lists of parallels from the “lives” of various pagan gods and heroes. These parallels lists have been reproduced all over the …

Perspective and false piety

So, you really believe that a possible “Creator” of this enormous cosmos is obsessed with puny little human beings on a microscopic planet off to the side of one galaxy in a vast sea of universes? Note that the massive star in the image below, Antares – which so dwarfs OUR sun – is itself …

Whistleblower rabbi exposes Ultra-Orthodox Jewish child sex abuse

This whistleblower rabbi’s been battling against child sexual abuse within the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, which has been going on a long time. Naturally, the abusers are accusing HIM of wrongdoing such as being a “traitor.” Notice how they don’t blame THEMSELVES for their own evil behaviors. The Child-Rape Assembly Line: In Ritual Bathhouses of the …

How the ancients built Stonehenge and the Pyramids

Cool! Now, if you would like to know the MYTHOLOGY that accompanies such ruins, you’ll want to have our Astrotheology Calendars, on sale now! From Angkor Wat to Stonehenge: How Ancient People Moved Mountains From temples to pyramids to statues, ancient techniques moved giant blocks. The temple of Angkor Wat, the Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge, and …

Human-hating, sociopathic religious fanatics

Time and again, devotees prove that religious fanaticism causes sociopathic behaviors, including intense human-hatred, misogyny and violence. The hatred and bile with which religious fanatics attack those who question, critique or reject the ideology they follow are relentless and depraved. This sociopathic behavior in defense of an unfeeling ideology often borders on and carries over …

Freed humpback whale jumps for joy!

This is really an amazingly beautiful story that I could watch over and over again. I love the little child’s comments at the end. Oh yes, you must watch all the way to the end, or you will miss the most moving part of the tale. Freed humpback whale jumps for joy! An amazingly beautiful …

Acharya on Alan Eisenberg radio program, 10/27/2013

UPDATE: Here is the link to Mythicist Milwaukee, where they’ve got the MP3 of my radio program online. Note that Alan worked as an attorney, so he has a unique style in “interrogating” his guests. Also, note that he chimes in quite a bit. Overall, it was a pleasant and interesting show, I think. I …

Facebook to allow beheading videos to ‘reduce violence’

UPDATE: Facebook has now reinstated my account! THANKS SO VERY MUCH TO FB AND ALL SUPPORTERS! Please ignore the petition, which will now be closed. This blog post will be left as a chronicle of the story. UPDATE: Please pass around this press release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/facebook/controversy/prweb11259431.htm   UPDATE: Mythicist Milwaukee has created a post with my …

Yahweh as sun, storm and pestilence god

Today’s inspirational Bible quote: “He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters; he makes the clouds his chariot; he rides on the wings of the wind…” Who can see the solar and meteorological imagery here? It is obvious that the biblical god Yahweh is a combination of numerous Sumero-Semitic and Egyptian deities and …

Obama’s secular upbringing

Over the years, much has been made of the fact that American president Barack Obama was born to a Muslim father and attended a Muslim school in Indonesia. Those who object to the “Obama is a Muslim” meme point to the fact that he also attended a Catholic school in Indonesia, was raised by an …

Christian book admits Jesus mythicism is having unprecedented influence

In January 2013, biased New Testament scholar Maurice Casey published an anti-mythicist rant called Jesus: Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths? The book contemptuously misrepresents my work in a string of ad hominem attacks and fallacies. Of course, I’ve addressed a significant portion of his arguments already, but he’s willfully ignored me in order to …