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The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold Paperback – Illustrated, September 1, 1999
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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
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Over the years, common complaints I have addressed include that my sources are "outdated" and are from "19th-century scholars."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.
- Item Weight : 0.035 ounces
- Paperback : 431 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0932813747
- ISBN-13 : 978-0932813749
- Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Adventures Unlimited Press; 1st Edition (September 1, 1999)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #438,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I am sure that many of the propositions have some truth to them: i would be very surprised if the Roman Catholic Church didn't embellish some of the gospel, or if there were no astrological inspirations in the old or new testaments. And I will continue to explore these ideas elsewhere. However this book doesn't provide direct overwhelming support.
I'm in agreement with some other reviewers, that the language is generally hateful and angry, while attempting to come across as scholarly. Since it is clear that the authors opinions are stacked, there will be no unbiased perspective presented. To be fair, I would take the same precaution with the opposing view as well. I would not read a Christian book to find proof of Christ.
This book is clearly intended to fuel folks that already believe it's premise, and want to down a list of flimsy arguments to back up their beliefs. Again, to be fair, that is also how the majority of Christians approach their beliefs. For me, I prefer to stand on solid ground and will continue searching.
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.
There are a lot of counterpoints to be made to here arguments. Jesus was a common name and most of the Gospels are second hand information. However if Christians were persecuted in the early history, they probably would have been outlawed to right about their new leader. Aramaic was actually common language at the time, and many original works were written in Greek. Many things have been lost to history, and most important of all, human beings were majorly illiterate for most of history. Obviously there were many fakes, like there still are today in the form of televangelists, fake charities, and charlatans.
Suns of God is a better book because it is more of a broad examination of religions all around the world, and many of the common themes. It provides an intellectual understanding to those links in disconnected cultures, that otherwise people like in the Ancient Aliens show try to explain. Basically people have been fascinated with nature, then stars for most of history. Religions that were focused on worshiping the stars, humanized their astrological symbols.
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The torrid age of male gods is nearing its end and with a bit of luck, the Aquarius era will start to restore the welcome balance of the divine feminine.
Anyone who tries to argue against Acharya S's work is truly foolish as those who have read her work know that the case she makes it pretty much ironclad.
Read this book. Read all of her books. Her critics lie. Sure makes nothing up and the entire ancient world is given depth and scrutiny beyond the usual 2-D descriptions the era usually receives