There is a lot of controversy whenever someone speaks against a major religion, in particular with Christianity. The dissident is usually viewed with suspicion, the intentions of such an individual are called into question.
The search for Truth seems to never be among the charges. Yet here, in the voice of Acharya S (or D.M. Murdock as is her real name) there seems to be a lot of controversy concerning her writings. Then again, if someone wrote books entitled “Who was Jesus? Fingerprints of the Christ” and “The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold” wouldn’t controversy be expected?
The controversy doesn’t seem to bother her as she seems willing to take on such weighty issues as whether or not Jesus actually existed. Nor should it bother her – what should bother most is the fact that this question is not honestly asked and studied in the first place. Religion, or religious belief can exist parallel to academic and intellectual questioning. After all, religion is based on faith – on blind acceptance of a truth without having to see it or have it proven. It is for the empirically-minded individual that science replaces religion. Acharya S seems to admit this without stating specifically what her religious beliefs are. She strives to answer the question through an academic study – which is not wholly original as this has been done and successfully carried out by scholars before her.
Which begs the question – why hasn’t any positive study disproving the historical existence of Jesus shattered the very foundations of Christianity? Why hasn’t such a body of evidence been heavily cited by other religions, such as Judaism or Islam, to disprove Christianity and assert their own beliefs?
This seems to be the bigger question. And one could say it is a conspiracy of the grandest sorts; that a paradigm of control is predicated on this belief system and that the infrastructure in place is dependent upon a Christian world view. Yet, this wasn’t always the case as the very foundations of Western culture were created – and enhanced – during the “pagan” periods of antiquity. In fact, it is arguable that Christianity did much to reverse the developments of Western culture as it bloomed forth during the early centuries A.D. (ironically, the term used in association with Christian beliefs: anno domini, in the year of the lord).
Still, the controversy shouldn’t be about the woman or man writing works and doing research to disprove or prove the existence of something, or question the roots of a major religion. The controversy should be about the controversy itself – why hasn’t this very body of evidence been used to assert the authority of other religious systems?
As for the woman herself, you can gain a better understanding of her work and her ideas by watching this 53 minute interview. Or visit Acharya’s website, Truthbeknown.com.