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Acharya S has done a superb job in bringing together this rich panoply of ancient world mythology and culture, and presenting it in a comprehensive and compelling fashion. She grabs the reader from the first page and doesn't let go. --Earl Doherty
The Christ Conspiracy--very, very scholarly and wholly researched--is a book for today... --Rev. B. Strauss, ex-Catholic priest, Chicago, IL
Acharya S has done a service to forensic anthropology similar to what Euclid did for geometry. She has pulled together all available materials to reveal the inner workings of perhaps the biggest folly of Western man. I enjoyed it immensely. --EBTX
Acharya S pulls no punches, beating her adversary to a bloody pulp... This war of words, it seems, is a battle the author takes most seriously in her righteous quest to undo 2000 years of mental slavery inflicted upon humankind. --Adam Gorightly
Acharya brings in secular [and] church history, archaeology, theology, mythology, linguistics...to provide plenty of backing for her theses. An essential book for anyone who wants to know the reality behind the world's dominant religion. --Russ Kick
From the Author
Ever since The Christ Conspiracy was published in 1999, I have striven to demonstrate many of its major and minor contentions in a variety of books, articles, blogs, forum posts, videos and radio programs. I have spent countless hours tracking down sources as far back as possible in history, including to the earliest written records. I have sifted through thousands of ancient texts in numerous languages, including ancient Greek, Latin, Egyptian, Hebrew, Sanskrit and others. I have also pored through thousands of modern resources from highly credentialed authorities in a number of relevant disciplines. Over this past decade-plus, again, I have provided this information in freely available articles and ebooks, as well as in several follow-up books such as: Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled; Who Was Jesus? Fingerprints of The Christ; Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection; and The Gospel According to Acharya S.
For the most part - and with great difficulty - I have succeeded in bringing to light the sources from which came many of the contentions in The Christ Conspiracy. Some of the original, corroborative material was very challenging to find, such as various writings of ancient Church fathers and others that back up the claims in "The Characters" chapter, one of the most controversial in the entire book. This chapter discusses several ancient figures considered mostly mythological whose "lives" strangely resemble that of Jesus Christ from the gospels and Christian tradition, including Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Indian gods and godmen. From the attention and reaction this single chapter has gotten, it would seem that it alone is enough to reveal Christianity as a rehash of earlier, mythical traditions, which is the premise of this book.
Over the years, common complaints I have addressed include that my sources are "outdated" and are from "19th-century scholars." In reality, I have used primary and ancient sources quite extensively, although at times I have quoted or paraphrased them through the works of more modern scholars from a few centuries ago to the current era. Since writing this book - which was researched from my own private library on a shoe-string budget - I have confirmed these citations in original works as well as in more modern, scholarly resources by the best academic publishers in the world. I refer especially to those found in my most recent works, including Who Was Jesus?, Christ in Egypt and The Gospel.
Who Was Jesus? has an almost all-Christian bibliography and has received many accolades from knowledgeable and qualified individuals such as theology professors, ministers and New Testament scholars. Christ in Egypt contains 2,400 footnotes from 900 sources, including thousands of pages of ancient Egyptian writings and the works of highly credentialed individuals from a number of relevant disciplines, such as numerous well-respected Egyptologists from around the world.
My follow-up book to The Christ Conspiracy, Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled, delves into some fascinating information that again spans the range of time from antiquity to today. The tome represents a bridge between Christ Con and Christ in Egypt, researching further into the claims of the latter while recounting hard-to-find tales of skulduggery in the field of Jesus mythicism dating back centuries, revealing why this information is so difficult to find, as well as tantalizing hints of more that has been buried, lost or lied about. It also provides much evidence of the ancient religious worship of astrotheology, which to any student or scholar of religion should prove highly intriguing.
Over these past several years, a trend developed with the criticisms of Christ Con, which was that many of my critics had not actually read my work but were jumping on bandwagons of others who also had not read my work or who were clearly biased, such as a number of Christian apologists. Not a few of these critics who had either not read my work or who have been true believers with an axe to grind posted reviews that made claims already refuted many times over. We find this pattern of disingenuousness or bias in many places on the internet.
There have been other, more subtle reasons for bias, as remarked upon by David Mills, author of Atheist Universe, who in his review of my book Who Was Jesus? remarked, "Having given a fair hearing to some of her online detractors and their 'rebuttal' videos, I have detected not only a lack of knowledge on the part of her critics, but also, in some cases, a thinly disguised misogyny."
While some of the details have changed, from my intense investigation over the years I maintain that the scenario put forth in The Christ Conspiracy represents as close to true early Christian history as anyone has gotten so far. The extensive research backing up many germane elements from the "Characters" chapter - as can be also be found in my "ZEITGEIST Sourcebook" - clearly demonstrates that Christ is a mythical rehash, albeit a unique one, of numerous motifs and characteristics of earlier gods, goddesses and godmen, along with various mysteries and wisdom sayings. All of this mythmaking was hung on the framework of "messianic scriptures" from the Old Testament and Jewish intertestamental literature, which I likewise discuss in The Christ Conspiracy.
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Without more direct medical evidence, it might be a stretch to label the early bishops of the early church as being “mentally ill” as the author Joseph Wheless is quoted in this book as claiming. But it sometimes defies credulity to think otherwise when reading about some of the acts of forgeries and deliberate lies that were consciously put forward by these individuals. After reading the book some readers will no doubt feel completely disgusted and sickened over the acts of fraud and violence that early Christians participated in, with no let up by the later “established Churches”.
The author does not pull any punches in her analysis of the origins of Christianity and in the methods used for its propagation. There are times when she claims too much knowledge of the psychology of individuals who she asserts are responsible for destroying some of the early records of Christianity. In addition, a sizeable amount of the book consists of quoting the researches of other historians, and this may raise some skepticism among readers who would like to understand to what extent the author makes original contributions to the subject.
There are many other beliefs that are challenged in this book, such as the assertion that monotheism has its origins in Judaism. An entire chapter of the book is spent giving plausible evidence for the inaccuracy of this claim. The author points to the Egyptians and the Zoroastrians as being one group of people that predated the Hebrews by centuries in their belief in one god. Interesting in this discussion is the assertion that the much-maligned character Jezebel in the Old Testament has her origins as a priestess of Baal and Astoreth.
The parallels of the Christian/Jesus story with that of Osiris and Horus in ancient Egypt are striking, even uncanny. The discussions in the book on these parallels alone make it worth reading, and can be studied independently of the rest of it, if so desired. So many of the ancient religions rely on the “man on the tree” story as is readily brought out throughout the book.
The most speculative chapter in the book is the one on the existence of an ancient global civilization. The author does give some evidence for this conjecture, but readers can rest assured that she does not intersect with a vonDannikenish interpretation of what the ancients were capable of doing technologically. The common religious stories of many geographically dispersed cultures that sound very much like the Christian one gives ample reasons for further research.
Acharya's website is called "Truth Be Known," and that is what she has accomplished in this seminal work: she has made the truth known.
I have long suspected much of what she reveals here, and have found bits and pieces of the "conspiracy" here and there. But Acharya has brought all the research together in one easily digested work. Her references alone are worth the price of admission, but the conclusions she has drawn, based on the evidence, make this book truly stellar.
Some reviewers have complained about the abundant references to astrology. This may be misleading. As she explains in the book, she is not referring to your "daily horoscope." That was not what astrology was all about to the ancient mystery religions. Rather, it was a way of personifying the movements of celestial objects. Nor does one have to accept astrology as valid in order to recognize the many ways in which it has shaped Christianity. Principally this occurred by Christianity mistaking these analogies for literal history!
One reviewer mentioned that the book quotes Blavatsky, as if this somehow nullifies the book. This is a straw man argument; there are only three minor references to Blavatsky in the entire volume, and none are crucial to the work. If you don't like Blavatsky, then throw out these quotes; it won't detract in the least from the work as a whole.
Naturally, those who prefer blind belief over evidence and truth will attempt to dissuade people from reading this book. Do yourself a favor: ignore them for once and dare to look at the true origins of Christianity.
Propaganda which sings the praises of Christianity is ubiquitous. This is a rare opportunity to hear the other side of the story. Before committing your life to this religion you owe this to yourself. Then make up your own mind based on the facts.
Belief shouldn't require ignorance.
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