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The Gospel According to Acharya S [Kindle Edition]

D.M. Murdock , Acharya S
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What is God? Is belief in God righteous? Should we praise God? Who speaks for God? Is the Bible "God's Word?" Does prayer work? Are we born in sin? What is the origin of good and evil? Who is the Devil? Is the Bible prophetic? Do we have free will? What is the purpose in life?

"The Gospel According to Acharya S" provides intriguing insights into these important, probing questions and many more, presenting potent observations which seek to define humanity in as enlightened and evolved a manner as is possible. These powerful and profound perceptions reflect crucial concepts that need to be cherished and protected as the greatest of human rights and liberties.

Includes a bibliography and index.

D.M. Murdock is an independent scholar of comparative religion and mythology, specializing in the ancient astrotheological origins of popular religious systems and beliefs.


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The Gospel According to Acharya S makes a clear distinction between true spirituality and what is usually called religion. The jealous, egotistical, ever-praise-hungry Judeo-Christian God is shown to be an extension of human (male) ego, fostering arrogance in his believers who claim that their own religion is the only true one, all others being false and evil. Acharya castigates patriarchal belief systems as the ultimate source of sexism, citing centuries of abuse of women on religious grounds.

She also demonstrates the highly derivative nature of religious concepts generally assumed to be unique; amusingly debunks the game of bible-based prophecy; discusses the primordial cannibalism underlying communion rites; and demonstrates the cultic nature of so-called mainstream religions. Her book plainly makes the point that religious sects demanding "tolerance" and "respect" from the rest of the world are frequently unworthy of either.

This book endorses the creative variety of spiritual practices around the world, stating that "Those who narrow down their consciousness to reject the wisdom and perception of all other cultures in favor of their own egotistical and ethnocentric 'religious' beliefs are often mean-spirited and poorly educated yet very conceited." Actually, "Humankind needs to drop all such ego identifications as nationalism, racism and religionism, when they become divisive."

There is a broad, idealistically beautiful vision embodied in this "Gospel": a vision of a world truly at peace, people truly in harmony with nature, and an end to the religious strife and violence that have stained the last two thousand years with horrifying amounts of innocent blood. It is a vision that gives hope for freedom from the emotional shackles of religions, and the dawning of a more rational future.

--Barbara G. Walker, The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets

About the Author

D.M. Murdock is an independent scholar of comparative religion and mythology, specializing in the ancient astrotheological origins of popular religious systems and beliefs.

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  • File Size: 490 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Stellar House Publishing (January 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JF4L3Y
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book of Spiritual and Religious Truth September 18, 2009
Format:Paperback
Let me say that Acharya has done a great job with this book. I found it very interesting and full of good information and real facts. But I also found it profoundly spiritual.

Those who call this an athiest rant are people who believe that God is a big man who sits on a throne in the sky doling out judgement on the human race. Here is what Acharya says about God on page 10. No athiest would ever write these words. --

"One can think of God as the life force or sentience that permeates the cosmos--gravity or levity, it matters not. . . .

"In the Far East, this life force has been termed 'the Tao'. The Tao is the 'thing' that makes birds chirp, cats purr and the sap of trees run. We can also call it 'cosmic consciousness'. It is simply an energy, sentience or spirit that pervades all living things. Far from having gender, as we have been led to believe, it is the magnetic principle between the male and female potencies. It is also the male and female polarities themselves. This Great Spirit, Tao, or God, encompasses all things. If it is not all encompassing, it is not God. Anything less than the totality is not God. The definition of 'God' is omnipresence itself. Nothing is outside of God."

(Page 11) "Anything that imposes limits on an infinite divinity is not a complete spiritual system or experience. Anything that projects form upon this genderless, raceless, formless and nonhierarchical godliness is not the ultimate truth. The ultimate truth, which is 'God', cannot have any form whatsoever, no gender, no race and no hierarchy."

How great is this conception of God compared to the petty and tyrannical little middle-eastern war god worshipped by the typical Judeo-Christian-Muslem!

Nor, is this an angry book, as one reviewer put it.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gospel According to Acharya S August 3, 2009
Format:Paperback
Having read two of her other works, Who Was Jesus? Fingerprints of the Christ, and "The Christ Conspiracy-The Greatest Story Ever Sold", I expected another scholarly in depth book. Turns out it is exactly that, but with a bit of a new twist.

Acharya takes off the gloves in this book and really bats around some heads. In the aforementioned books her approach is a bit more clinical, relying on facts and extremely well done research.
She surely hasn't abandoned that set of skills in this book.

However, I think she is a bit more casual in her writing, and rightfully a little pissed off. And that comes through. She also offers her view on life and living, hence the title the Gospel According to Acharya S.

Overall, I'd say this book is going to be a best seller for her. It's loaded with pictures, (perhaps to keep the attention of the less intelligent among us) and loaded with a lot of the relatively obscure words related to the subject matter. Notwithstanding the verbage, this book is an easy read and a real hard hitting, take no prisoners approach to exposing religion for what it truly is. Bravo. 5 Stars.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hits the Nail on the Head! November 2, 2010
Format:Paperback
I have read all of D. M. Murdock's books. This one may be her best book. It's written in a style that can be comprehended by a high school graduate. You don't need an advanced degree in religion to understand how organized religions have conned mankind for thousands of years. At least 10,000 years for sure and probably before that.

The author defines what God is in a way that makes complete sense to me. You don't need a priest to tell you what God is, but any priest will try to shove their version of God down your throat and you are expected to thank them when they have. I now view priests, pastors, rabbis, etc. as a cut below carnival barkers. They are out to empty your pocket book on Sunday morning and expect you to smile and say thank you when they do.

Acharya exposes the bible, koran, and the holy books as not written by god, but written by men over thousands of years. It's so sad that church goers believe these man made books are without error and holy. Nothing is holy about them as they reveal god to be a revengeful, spiteful little tyrant who has all of man's flaws. The part about how "holy men" have abused women and children for thousands of years and continue to do so today is right on the money.

The author has received incredible flack from the apologists of the organized cult religions. I consider that to be a badge of courage and honor. Obviously, she has got the goods on them and it hits them where it hurts the most, their pocket book and livelihood. The apologists know that Acharya has exposed them for the frauds they are, but all she has done is tell the truth and they think its hell.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read April 24, 2012
By JEM
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If your an AA member or member of another 12 step group and struggle with the concept of a higher power read this book!
Acharya's gospel offers alternative views to connecting to the cosmos, life energy or god if you prefer that word. Having read the Christ conspiracy and Sons of God I was quite surprised at the authors degree of spirituality.
I read the Christ conspiracy, Sons of God after returning from India in 1998. Both experiences changed my life. I visited many Buddhist pilgrimage sites only to discover the Buddha was likely a mythical character as well. I was a bit lost spiritually for a while but now I'm not. I've been set free accepting that religion is mythology. I no longer have to pick one mythology over another but rather draw the best parts from all of them.
Acharya ends her gospel with the 1st Ammendment to to the constitution describing it as the holy of holies. A secular, sacred document that both lets us practice or protects us from religion.
In conclusion Acharya tears apart religion into the mythology that it is, but at the same time points to such a positive humanist gospel.

JEM
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and informative read...
I have been interested in the work of Ms. Murdock for well over ten years now, beginning with The Christ Conspiracy this is the fifth of her offerings I have read and I can say... Read more
Published 2 months ago by John L. Reardon
5.0 out of 5 stars ACHARYA'S "GOSPEL" REPRESENTS DECADES OF HER MASTERFUL SCHOLARLY...
THIS BRILLIANT BOOK OF ENLIGHTENMENT SHOULD BE THE ONLY BOOK TAUGHT IN ALL SUNDAY SCHOOLS OF EVERY RELIGION. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Deirdre Simone
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition
The Kindle edition does not include most of the illustrations. I think deficiencies such as this should be made clear in the description. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Judith E Nicholls
5.0 out of 5 stars FREEDOM!!!!!
Only when we humans have freed ourselves from the crippling chains of superstition will we achieve humanity.
Thank you Acharya S.!
Published 11 months ago by lamar roy
5.0 out of 5 stars Positive feedback for The Gospel According to Acharya S.
The work of Acharya S has impacted my life in a profoundly spiritual way. Her gospel is written in a clear, concise, historically correct manner! Read more
Published 11 months ago by jackie
1.0 out of 5 stars Confusion at its best
This book is the opinion of a pseudoscholar who specializes in misrepresenting her opponents and has been regularly shown to be inaccurate. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Very refreshing
I found this very refreshing and I intend to share and discuss with several friends. Although I didn't agree with everything, her perspective was always interesting. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Philip R. Holmes
1.0 out of 5 stars For Lack Of A Better Word...
Anyone who gives themselves fanciful names like or "Ramtha" or "Zen Master Rama" or "Acharya S" provide us with prima facie evidence of fraud, and can be set aside without further... Read more
Published on April 2, 2012 by Miguel
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected.
After reading "The Greatest Story Ever Sold", by Acharya S., if you still desire to go a little deeper into this subject matter, then "The Gospel According to Acharya S. Read more
Published on March 15, 2012 by J D
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gospel according to Acharya S.
Dear Acharya S. Thanks for possessing a logical, intelligent & knowledgeable mind.
I have most of your books. They bring sanity into a religiously insane world. Read more
Published on August 20, 2011 by Caddy10
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D.M. Murdock, also known by her pen name, "Acharya S," is the author of several books on comparative religion and mythology, including "The Christ Conspiracy," "Suns of God," "Who Was Jesus?" and "Christ in Egypt." She is also the author of "The Gospel According to Acharya S," which seeks to answer some long-held questions concerning the nature of God, religion and humankind's place in the world.

Murdock is an alumna of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, where she studied Classics, Greek Civilization. She has lived in Greece and is also an alumna of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece. Acharya has excavated at Corinth, Greece, where tradition has St. Paul addressing the Corinthians, as well as at a Paleo-Indian site in the U.S. She speaks, reads and/or writes to varying degrees English, French, Spanish, ancient and modern Greek, Latin, German and other languages.

Acharya/Murdock has several websites, including TruthBeKnown.com, StellarHousePublishing.com, TBKNews.blogspot.com and FreethoughtNation.com.

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