The ‘New Age religion’

(The following essay is satire concerning the encouragement of greed and unrestrained development. It should not be construed as anti-Americanism.) At the end of the Second World War, all the politicians or their representatives met in Geneva, Switzerland, and allegedly discussed a very important aspect to achieve the world peace. The proceedings were not recorded …

Non-Religious Minority Largest of Them All

Non-Religious Minority Largest of Them All Trump signed an executive order for the ‘faith-based initiative’ during the ‘National Day of Prayer’ event May 3rd, 2018 designed to bolster the influence of faith groups in government going further than ever before giving special treatment towards Evangelical Christians, which is entirely unconstitutional as per the 1st Amendment: …

Bible-abuse victim: ‘I’m a psychic slave to religion out of fear’

I received the following message from an individual obviously in severe distress. He asked me for help in overcoming Bible abuse that had left him crippled with fear for decades. I sent him a copy of my book The Gospel According to Acharya S, which can serve as a bridge to my more scholarly works …

Ex-Muslim: ‘Fear of hell and the death penalty for apostasy kept me from leaving Islam’

(Editor: The following is from a young Pakistani ex-Muslim who wishes to remain anonymous. It is reprinted here with his permission.) I just wanted to reach out and say thank you for the work you are doing. I’m an ex-Muslim atheist, meaning I read the Quran and hadith and left the religion. You are one …

What does the Quran say about Jews?

Here is a long list of passages in the Quran about Jews – they are not loving. There is more Jew-hatred in the hadiths and sunnah. (Not vetted – feel free to point out possible errors in the comments below.) Qur’an 2:61 “Humiliation and wretchedness were stamped on the Jews and they were visited with …

Ex-Muslim imam: ‘I wasted a significant part of my life believing in this load of crap’

(Editor: An ex-Muslim from Fiji posted the following comments on an article here, The Islamic State, apostasy and ‘real Muslims.’ ) I am an ex-Muslim with a seriously long axe to grind. I was born into a Muslim home. As the eldest child I was supposed to carry the religious ideals of the home, and before …

The Islamic State, apostasy and ‘real Muslims’

Many people today deny that the violent and fanatical Islamic State or ISIL/ISIS is actually Islamic. Appalled by its horrendous crimes against humanity, political and religious leaders and members of the public alike have been scrambling to claim that “the Islamic State isn’t really Islamic.” Muslims who deny ISIL’s members as “real Muslims” are engaging …

What people are saying about the work of D.M. Murdock/Acharya S

Over the decades that I’ve been writing about and teaching what is called “Jesus mythicism,” many educated people who have studied my work have made supportive comments. While my detractors like to toss out defamatory claims, the one thing most of them have in common is that they have never read my work and are …

Dutch theologian and banned pastor: ‘Christ in Egypt’ is a ‘fantastic book!’

A Dutch theologian who was banned recently from appearing in a local Reform Church for saying that Jesus is a myth drawn from Egyptian religion has stated that he  has studied my book Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection. Rev. Dr. Edward van der Kaaij ruffled many feathers when he publicly avowed what is called …

What is a mythicist?

Just as declaring oneself an atheist does not make one automatically an expert in religion, seeing Jesus as a myth does not make someone an automatic expert in Christian origins. There are many people calling themselves “mythicists” – i.e., someone who views various biblical/supernatural figures as mythical, not historical – who are not experts in …

Moses discussion with Aron Ra of American Atheists-TX

UPDATE: Aron has promoted my book at the beginning of his video discussing the 10 Commandments and Christian commentator Dennis Prager: Here’s the Youtube video of my discussion on November 20, 2014 with Aron Ra of American Atheists-TX and Mark Nebo of BeSecular.com. In the caption on the video, Aron relates: “Previously I have interviewed …

Come join us on the winter solstice!

Hi there – Tomorrow, December 21st, I will be doing a radio program hosted by Mythicist Milwaukee, beginning at 8:00 PM EST/7:00 PM CST/5:00 PM PST/1:00 AM GMT. The show can be heard live here: http://www.riverwestradio.com/ Scroll down to the audio box or “bambuser,” where you will see our program, which should show up at …

Bart Ehrman caught in lies and libel?

In Did Jesus Exist? (p. 24), New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman quotes my book The Christ Conspiracy and refers to an image of a bronze sculpture of a cock, commenting in brackets (except for my “sic”): “’Peter’ is not only ‘the rock’ but also ‘the cock’ or penis, as the word is used as slang …

What is more logical, rational and scientific?

A. Believing there was a supernatural Jewish man 2,000 years ago who was born of a virgin, battled with Satan in a desert, cured the blind with spit, raised the dead, walked on water, multiplied fishes and loaves, transfigured on a mount, resurrected from death and flew off bodily into the sky. B. Believing the …

Popular Dutch politician Geert Wilders gives one of the most important speeches in history

UPDATE: Here is a video of Wilders’s speech from February 2015 – another important one. We will see in the coming years how prophetic he turns out to be. The Dutch ignore and disparage him at their own peril, as they will surely be the losers for not heeding his warnings. Dutch member of parliament …

A skeptical life raft in a sea of supernaturalism

If there’s one thing we can say about Michael Sherlock, it’s that he is quotable–and he loves to make “meme” images with his quotes, which others enjoy sharing. His book The Gospel of Atheism and Free Thought According to Sherlock is no less quotable. When I first heard the title, I thought, “Great minds think …

Danish scholar speaks on the Christ myth

Exposing the falsehood that there are no professional scholars with PhDs in relevant fields who are Jesus mythicists, Dr. Christian Lindtner gives a lecture and engages in a debate in Denmark concerning the Christ myth. I have featured Lindtner’s work on the Buddhist influence on Christianity in my writings, including my ebook about Dr. Michael …

Devout Muslims decry label of “extremist” and say they’re “normal” for Islam

Time and again, Islam’s self-proclaimed most devout followers state that it is they, not the so-called “moderates,” who represent the “real Islam.” These fervent Islamic devotees say they are following what would be considered “classical” Islam, as practiced by their prophet Mohammed, believed to be the “Perfect Man” whom every Muslim should emulate. The leader …

Message to Affleck: Ideology does not equal people

In the notorious fracas between actor Ben Affleck, comedian Bill Maher and neuroscientist Sam Harris, one thing became abundantly clear: Islam apologists seem incapable of distinguishing ideology from people. Here is an image I created to illustrate the point, which is not difficult to comprehend. Maher and Harris were correct, and Affleck was simply wrong. …

Paul Weston speaks TRUTH about child rape in the UK

Paul Weston is a great man. He names the “driving ideology”: ISLAM. Everyone should listen to this courageous man. Where are UKIP, Labour, the Tories and Liberal Democrats on the Muslim grooming gang issue? Liberty GB is the only party talking about this atrocity, and why it happens – Islam, Muhammed and the Quran. http://youtu.be/vAm53JShDAc

Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson gets schooled!

A Church/State Lesson for Duck Dynasty by Freethinkaluva Dear Mr. Phil Robertson: I’ve been a fan of the Duck Dynasty show, which I thought was very funny, so I am disappointed in your now-notorious comments regarding gays and the church-state issue. In the video of your speech at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, and …

Ex-Muslim preacher: ‘I say to Muslims, get away from this evil religion!’

A person named “Samir” posted the following comments on my article “Dawkins: Islam is ‘one of the great evils in the world’.” I appreciate his courage and insights, and I have edited his remarks for clarity, spelling and grammar. I grew up in the most conservative Muslim family in the Middle East. My father wanted …

Petition to the UN to protect freedom from religion and barbaric blasphemy laws

If you haven’t signed this petition started by Michael Sherlock to ensure freedom FROM religion and barbaric blasphemy laws, please do so and share it. Note that I edited the letter that will be delivered to the United Nations high commissioner for Human Rights, and my name is appended to it. So far, Michael’s managed …

Which savior, Jesus, Caesar or Mithra?

Ken Humphreys is one of my favorite fellow mythicists. Unlike some of the others who are very rude, misogynistic, conceited and shallow-thinking, Ken is cordial, social and courageously follows where the evidence leads and is not afraid of presenting it boldly. When I read or hear the remarks of several other prominent skeptics and mythicists, …