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 just repeating falsehoods, rumors, smears, calumny and libel.

In addition to the people quoted below who have read my work are many others who have done likewise but who have not publicly stated as much. Someone who recently has stated so is Dutch theologian Rev. Dr. Edward van der Kaaij, while another is famed pianist, chess master and mathematician Charles Covington, whose comments below are published here with his permission:

Hello Ms Murdock:

Just wanted to say I really enjoy all of the information that you have been giving. I just recently retired from Howard University in Wash, DC but I am still very active in many other areas. I am also an international Jazz musician, a national Chess master, professional Magician and mathematician just to mention a few. I have hundreds of books here in my home and very knowledgeable about many subjects.

If you google Charles Covington you will find a lot of information about my background, especially if you are interested in Jazz Music. You can also hear some of my concerts at the Kennedy Center if you put in Charles Covington utube.

I’ve been listening to your videos & radio interviews etc., and I am very impressed. Being a professional musician, chess master, historian and mathematician, I can appreciate all of the tremendous amount of effort you put into your work.

Keep up the GREAT work you are doing!!!!!

Charles Covington

Chess Master Charles Covington played against children and adults for 30 games of chess at the same time!

Chess Master Charles Covington played against children and adults for 30 games of chess at the same time!

What Others Have Said about My Work

“D.M. Murdock’s book Christ in Egypt is one of my main sources. Fantastic book!”

—Rev. Dr. Edward van der Kaaij, theologian and author of The Uncomfortable Truth of Christianity

“…In recent months or over the last year or so I have interviewed Frank Zindler and Richard Carrier and David Fitzgerald and Robert Price all on the issue of mythicism… when I spoke to these people I asked for their expertise collectively and what I got, especially from Fitzgerald and Robert Price, was that we should be speaking to D.M. Murdock, author of Did Moses Exist? The Myth of the Israelite Lawgiver‘.”

—Aron Ra, American Atheists-TX

“Your scholarship is relentless! …the research conducted by D.M. Murdock concerning the myth of Jesus Christ is certainly both valuable and worthy of consideration.”

—Dr. Kenneth L. Feder, Professor of Archaeology, Central Connecticut State University, Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience In Archaeology

“I find myself in full agreement with Acharya S/D.M. Murdock… I find it undeniable that…many, many of the epic heroes and ancient patriarchs and matriarchs of the Old Testament were personified stars, planets, and constellations…”

—Dr. Robert M. Price, The Pre-Nicene New Testament

“I can recommend your work whole-heartedly!”

—Dr. Robert Eisenman, James the Brother of Jesus and The New Testament Code, RobertEisenman.com

“Well-referenced, with numerous quotations from renowned Egyptologists and classical scholars, Acharya’s penetrating research clearly lays out the very ancient pre-Christian basis of modern Christianity. Those who espouse Christianity beware! After digesting the evidence, you will never again view your religion in the same light.”

—Dr. Robert M. Schoch, Professor of Natural Science College of General Studies at Boston University; Author, Pyramid Quest, Voyages of the Pyramid Builders and Voices of the Rocks

“Acharya S deserves to be recognized as a leading researcher and an expert in the field of comparative mythology, on a par with James Frazer or Robert Graves—indeed, superior to those forerunners in the frankness of her conclusions and the volume of her evidence.”

—Barbara Walker, The Women’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets and Man Made God

“I’ve known people with triple Ph.D’s who haven’t come close to the scholarship in Who Was Jesus? Fingerprints of The Christ.

—Pastor David Bruce, M.Div, North Park Seminary, Chicago, HollywoodJesus.com

“Thirty years ago, when in divinity school, I might have had second thoughts about becoming an Episcopal priest if a book like D. M. Murdock’s Who Was Jesus? had been available to me.”

—Bob Semes, Retired university professor of History and Religion, Founder and Executive Director of The Jefferson Center

“In addition to presenting in Suns of God the troubling history of religious wars in an easily followed narrative, Acharya goes a step further, explaining as only she can how a once-simplistic idea has been carried into our modern world with terrible and nearly unimaginable results.”

—Rev. Dr. W. Sumner Davis, Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society; Member, American Geophysical Union; Affiliate, New York Academy of Science?

“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.”

—David Mills, Atheist Universe

“Thank you, Acharya, for the important work you are doing. Who Was Jesus? Fingerprints of the Christ just might be the best short introduction to Biblical scholarship yet.”

—David Bergland, 1984 Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate, Libertarianism In One Lesson

“…I have found her scholarship, research, knowledge of the original languages, and creative linkages to be breathtaking and highly stimulating.”

—Rev. Dr. Jon Burnham, Pastor, Presbyterian Church, Houston, TX

“Acharya S has done a superb job in bringing together the rich panoply of ancient world mythology and culture, and presenting it in a comprehensive and compelling fashion….

“A heavenly location for the actions of the savior gods, including the death of Christ, would also have been influenced by most religions’ ultimate derivation from astrotheology, as in the worship of the sun and moon. For this dimension of more remote Christian roots, see the books of Acharya S”

—Earl Doherty, The Jesus Puzzle; Jesus: Neither God Nor Man

The Christ Conspiracy—very, very scholarly and wholly researched—is a book for today…”

—Rev. B. Strauss, ex-Catholic Priest, Chicago, IL

“D.M. Murdock could well be the most brilliant, insightful and rigorous theologian writing today.”

—Robert Tulip

“Acharya S knows more about the ancient Mysteries than any living scholar.”

—Christopher Knowles, The Secret History of Rock ‘N’ Roll

Thousands of other supportive comments can be found at our forum thread “Emails I Have Loved.”

Further Reading

Preachers, priests quietly embrace the Christ myth
Emails I Have Loved
Jesus passage in Josephus a forgery, says expert
What is a mythicist?
Evemerism versus Mythicism
Christ in Egypt Reviewed by Dr. Robert M. Price
Robert M. Price: What I think of Acharya S/D.M. Murdock
Theologian: Bible’s angels are gods of Mesopotamia and Egypt who ‘come from the stars’


  1. Here are a few more things for folks to consider:

    Scholars and others who’ve actually read Acharya’s work are supportive of it:

    “…In recent months or over the last year or so I have interviewed Frank Zindler and Richard Carrier and David Fitzgerald and Robert Price all on the issue of mythicism … when I spoke to these people I asked for their expertise collectively and what I got, especially from Fitzgerald and Robert Price, was that we should be speaking to tonights guest D.M. Murdock, author of ‘Did Moses Exist? The Myth of the Israelite Lawgiver’.”

    – Aron Ra

    Earl Doherty defers to Acharya for the subject of astrotheology:

    “A heavenly location for the actions of the savior gods, including the death of Christ, would also have been influenced by most religions’ ultimate derivation from astrotheology, as in the worship of the sun and moon. For this dimension of more remote Christian roots, see the books of Acharya S”

    – Earl Doherty, Jesus: Neither God Nor Man, (2009) page 153

    Do atheists disagree with Acharya’s basic premise?

    Acharya’s Work Complements Sam Harris’s Philosophy

    1. Thank you, FTL. I’ve added those to the original post.

  2. Dear Acharya, I would like you to know that I am one of those who totally support what you are doing. Combatting widespread ignorance is not easy, and I commend you highly on your courage. If there is any way I can help, it would be my pleasure. ~Charles

  3. Hello………… you’ve no doubt already connected with Kathryn May’s channeling messages about Jeshua ben Joseph, but if not I’ll repeat what I heard Wayne Dwyer said CONNECT WITH THIS WOMAN ! !……… I was happy I did.
    Of the utterly startling messages you’ll find on her website is an autobiography of Jesus . Like WOW! ya gotta be kidden, or nutty, or both !
    anyhow here’s her site: http://www.whoneedslight.org

    Charlie Benedetti

    1. “an autobiography of Jesus”

      Hoo boy. She and I are definitely not on the same page.

  4. Acharya S, 1

    Being my first response to your work I am not sure how many letters I get…

    “With so much of our global social structure based on holy writ of some sort or another, it is imperative that we examine thoroughly our sacred cows and not shirk from exposing them to the bright sunlight .” Who was Jesus by DM Murdock

    On a positive note, with any time, luck and help, it will be possible to create a curriculum for those who wish to teach the mythological and astrotheological origins of much religious ideation. A concerted effort will be necessary , so, again, come forth, ye enlighteners of humanity!

    These statements seem to be a challenge by you to any FreeThinker. I would like you to close your eyes and think back to your first FreeThinking article and remember how alone you were and how you just wished for someone to recognize your knowledge and validate your passion to help humanity dismiss the Jesus and Christian myth that had been given to you. Acharya S, I am currently in the same realm as you were then. As I have read your articles and lessons I read between the lines and recognize a “helpful” spirit from you.

    As you dismiss Jesus and Christianity with mythology and culture I have dismissed Jesus and Christianity using only the King James Version of the Bible. As your work has been praised by many different scholars and regular folk, at this time I would like to share a portion of my work with you and get your thoughts. I truly believe you will enjoy my work as much as I have enjoyed yours. I do not feel we are in competition with each other, but as intellectual partners; given a special vision each of us knows how to explain. I used to be a Baptist lay-preacher, but I got over it.

    I have shared my book Say What! 90,824 words of “hammer” with only a very few people up until now because the revelations are phenomenal, galaxy shattering.

    I do not want to share in an open forum yet because I do not want my information used by any one, but me for now.

    I would be willing to send you my query letter and chapter 1 Resurrection, which coincides with your Jonah and the Whale article of Feb 13 and your many works on Jesus: Myth.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Keith McIntosh

  5. I know commenting about religion bothers people who believe differently. I remember the old adage,”never discuss politics and religion.” I find Acharya S’s work very informative and no matter how hard one tries someone is going to be offended so just write what’s important to you. If the Christian’s god is real, why would he worry what anyone writes? Why should Christians have to fight for a god who they believe is all powerful? Keep up the good work. Truth will never lose.

  6. I find Archarya S’s work very informative and to those who find it offensive, well, you can’t please everyone, anyway. If God is real, why should he worry about what anyone writes? If he’s all powerful, he doesn’t need anybody to fight for him. Archarya, continue with your work, truth will never lose.

  7. I read your book “The Christ Conspiracy” quite some time ago and what you’re saying is correct. Jesus Christ is a composite of older pagan solar myths and nothing more. The sooner this and the other Semitic death cults go the way of the dinosaur the better. Keep up the good work Acharya.

  8. Tooting your own horn? Do you need constant affirmation? Do you have a Napoleon complex? You have a faulty premise. Because people do not agree with you, you presume that they did not read you book. Did you ever stop to think that maybe the argument in your book in unconvincing? Did you ever think that maybe your evidence is lacking? It seems that it is very difficult for you to take criticism. It is very likely that they read your book. You just did not do a good job of arguing your thesis.

    1. So, what you are saying is that you haven’t read my work, don’t know the subject matter, and are simply attempting to insult me into submission?

      Funny how fanatics like you will dun us with requests not only for evidence – of which I’ve provided an abundance – but also for “peer review” and “consensus.” When we provide both, the insults continue to come, as if they are intelligent rebuttals for the facts and consensus provided upon request.

      I know, I know – you will be back again, with MORE insults proving my point.

      I’m on social media CONSTANTLY taking heaps of criticism, so such stupid remarks as “It seems that it is very difficult for you to take criticism” are just more of the same generic insults fanatics use to abuse others into their cults.

      1. I wanted to say i appreciate your continued efforts in spreading this message to many an ear who is not ready to receive this message. I can only imagine the character assault you must encounter on a daily basis. I truly thank you for being part of the life raft that pulled me from the depths of this powerful mindcontrolling cult called Christianity. It is definitely mind control because I consider myself to be educated. Still, I found myself encapsulated in its insane loop of redemption and damnation. Fear is the only reason i chose to believe in something I inherently knew to be abusurd when one takes into context the maniacal figure of Jehovah. I was always told that Satan came to steal kill and destroy. Yet, this is the exact actions the God of the Old Testament does time and time again. Anyway, Peace be unto you. I hope your health is on the mend.

      2. Acharya I think your work is brilliant, and your mission against ignorance very important. The crimes of the church are legion. In addition to all the murders you have the biggest crime in the enslavement of the mind of man. Substitutional Atonement with nonbelievers going to permanent Hell is no justice. Mass murders are supposedly saved if they except the ridiculous story of Jesus. Some Justice. I wish you all the best in defeating the Stage IV Breast Cancer.

  9. Acharya’s scholarship has burst the intellectual bubbles of many self-impportant writers about religion. That might say something about the foundations of their faith, because all of them have some kind of religious axe to grind and feel threatened. The fact remains that anyone who has not considered world religion from Acharya’s point of view simply has not fully considered religion.

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