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Birth date
27.03.1960
Death Date
25.12.2015
Age of Death
55
Birth Place
Massachusetts, USA
Zodiac Sign
Aries
Gender
Female
IQ Score
160
Fields of Expertise
Study of Christ as a mythological figure
Languages
English
Ocupation
Writer and Christianity critic
Education
Franklin and Marshall College
American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Acharya S

As an Indian sage once said: Prayer is wonder, reverence. Prayer is receptivity for the miracle that surrounds you. Prayer is surrender to beauty, to the grandeur, to this fantastic experience. Prayer is a non-argumentative dialogue with existence. It is not a discussion... it is a love-dialogue. You don’t argue... you simply whisper sweet nothings.

Dorothy Milne Murdock, better known by her pen names Acharya S, was an American writer supporting the Christ myth theory that Jesus never existed as a historical person, but was rather a mingling of various pre-Christian myths, Sun deities and dying-and-rising deities.

She wrote and operated a website focused on history, religion and spirituality, and astro-theology. She asserted the pre-Christian religious civilizations understood their myths as allegorical, but Christians obliterated evidence by destroying suppressing literature after they attained control of the Roman Empire, leading to widespread illiteracy in the ancient world, ensuring the mythical nature of Christ's story was hidden. She argued the Christian canon, as well as its important figures, were based on Roman, Greek, Egyptian, and other cultures' myths. Her theories are variously received by mainstream scholars; for instance, Robert M. Price criticized her first book while praising later writing.

She also wrote against the ancient astronauts theories, asserting they "may be prompted by the same type of motivation that produced the Bible, a chronicle largely-consisting of the plagiarized myths of other cultures" re-fashioned as 'fact' concerning purported legend-based characterizations, and may be driven by the attempt to validate biblical myth as historical under a different 'interpretation'.

Life

Murdock was born to James Milne Murdock and Beatrice Murdock in Massachusetts and grew up in Avon, Connecticut. She received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Classics, Greek Civilization, from Franklin and Marshall College, then spent a year at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece. She had one son.

She died of cancers in her immune system and liver on December 25, 2015. She was known as "Dori" to her loved ones.

Writing career

Murdock began her website, Truth Be Known, in 1995.

1999, as Acharya S, she published her first book, The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold, arguing the Jesus Christ story is a fabrication.

Photo of Acharya S

Her 2007 book, Who Was Jesus? Fingerprints of The Christ continues the theme of The Christ Conspiracy by expanding her theory questioning the historicity of Jesus, alleging "early Christian history to be largely myth, by sorting through available historical and archaeological data."

In 2009, she released Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection and The Gospel According to Acharya S.

Reception

Writer Russ Kick, in his book You Are Being Lied To, describes The Christ Conspiracy as "an essential book for anyone who wants to know the reality behind the world's dominant religion". Conspiracy theorist and publisher Kenn Thomas calls her a "great chronicler of the conspiracy known as Christianity".

Baptist comparative religion scholar Clinton Bennett compares her views to those of radical freethinker Robert Taylor nicknamed "the Devil's chaplain", secularist MP and Christ-mythicist John M. Robertson, and American mythographer Joseph Campbell. Butler University religion professor James F. McGrath describes her viewpoint as one that "once had some currency among scholars" in the 19th and early 20th centuries, but was subsequently abandoned.

Atheist activist and Christ mythicist Richard Carrier criticized her use of the inscriptions at Luxor to make the claim that the story of Jesus' birth was inspired by the Luxor story of the birth of Horus. Theologian and Christ-mythicist Robert M. Price also criticized Murdock's first book, while promoting her Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled in The Pre-Nicene New Testament: Fifty-Four Formative Texts, and writing the foreword to her Who Was Jesus?: Fingerprints of the Christ.

Her work has also been criticized by New Testament scholar Bart D. Ehrman, who, in his Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth calls Murdock's The Christ Conspiracy "the breathless conspirator's dream". He says "all of Acharya's major points are in fact wrong" and her book "is filled with so many factual errors and outlandish assertions that it is hard to believe the author is serious". Taking her as representative of some other writers about the Christ myth theory, he continues "Mythicists of this ilk should not be surprised that their views are not taken seriously by real scholars, mentioned by experts in the field, or even read by them".

Emeritus Professor of New Testament Languages and Literature at the University of Nottingham Maurice Casey criticized her work for "her anti-Christian outlook, a lack of any proper sense of reality, failure to give adequate references, inability to interpret primary sources correctly, and dependence on inaccurate out-of-date secondary sources rather than primary evidence."

Publications

  • Murdock, D.M. as Acharya S 1999. The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold. Kempton, Illinois: Adventures Unlimited Press. ISBN 0-932813-74-7.
  • Murdock, D.M. as Acharya S 2004. Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled. Kempton, Illinois: Adventures Unlimited Press. ISBN 1-931882-31-2.
  • Murdock, D.M. 2007. Who Was Jesus? Fingerprints of The Christ. Stellar House Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9799631-0-0.
  • Murdock, D.M. 2009. Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection. Stellar House Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9799631-1-7.
  • Murdock, D.M. 2009. The Gospel According to Acharya S. Stellar House Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9799631-2-4.
  • Murdock, D.M. 2009. The Gospel According to Acharya S. Stellar House Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9799631-2-4.
  • Murdock, D.M.; Joseph, Peter 2011. The Zeitgeist Sourcebook - Part 1: The Greatest Story Ever Told PDF. Archived from the original PDF on July 28, 2019. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  • Murdock, D.M. 2014. Did Moses Exist? The Myth of the Israelite Lawgiver. Stellar House Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9799631-8-6.
Best Known For: The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold (1999)
Did Moses Exist? The Myth of the Israelite Lawgiver (2014)
Fulfilled his Potential: Yes
Children: 1
Father’s Name: James Milne Murdock
Mother’s Name: Beatrice Murdock
Citizen Of: United States
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