Christianity and Buddhism radio program, 2/23 and 2/24

Today and tomorrow, February 23 and 24, 2013, my new radio interview with Miguel Conner at Aeon Byte will be available gratis. The easiest way to access it is to go to this page:

In the box with the orange line that says “AEON BYTE” and “Options,” click on the top link marked “Buddhism’s Relation to Christianity.” You will need QuickTime to listen.

Here’s Miguel’s write-up for the show:

In recent times, the similarities between Buddhism and Christianity has been available to a more progressive society. Unfortunately, an ocean of sensationalism and faulty scholarship overlooks how these two traditions truly relate to one another (and why). We delve into the latest, most sober scholarship in comparative religion to fully grasp how Buddhism and Christianity connect in their origins and theology. And find out how their mythic resonance was corrupted by those seeking power.

Topics Discussed:

–Advice for lay people in deciphering valid from invalid scholarship in the historical field.
–Evidence pointing that western traditions actually influenced eastern ones, specifically Egyptian Mysteries and Syrian Gnosis.
–Archaeological evidence revealing that Asia and Europe have been interacting long before the rise of Christianity (and even Buddhism!).
–The latest scholarship detailing the similarities between Christianity and Buddhism, including how Paul and some Church Fathers knew of Buddhist and Hindu traditions.
–Unveiling the mysteries of the Essenes and Therapeutae.

And much more!

If you have not seen the book and ebook we will be discussing, here’s the link:

I hope you enjoy the program! Note that after this weekend, 2/23 and 2/24, the program will be available from Miguel for a small fee. Past shows are available here:



  1. relating to each other
    Job well done Acharya s I always have a great time listening to Miguel and yourself tackle the subject matter,this was very interesting to listen to..and brought new knowledge to me. Thank you for your work, its always been so helpful …I support both free-thinkers

  2. Great episode.
    It was a pleasure for me to listen to the episode last Saturday. Acharya and Miguel are always informative and witty. I enjoyed Acharya’s comment which went to the effect that Christianity did not just drop down out of the clear blue sky in the first century of the Common Era. On the contrary, it adopted motifs of antecedent religions.

    As a side note, I will mention that I have found a reference to a new book titled [i]The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom.[/i] by Candida Moss. The book states that Christianity, in its various nascent forms, was not widely known in the first few centuries. What little knowledge that the Romans had of Christianity did not prompt them to embark on an eradication campaign as Christian apologists would have us believe.

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