Revised Edition of The Christ Conspiracy

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by Neil Godfrey

Robert M. Price has edited The Christ Conspiracy by D.M. Murdock (a.k.a Acharya S) and this revised edition has now (2020) been published. The new revised edition opens with an editorial preface by Price; this is largely a slightly modified version of the points he made in Robert M. Price: What I think of Acharya S/D.M. Murdock. To give you some idea of what to expect in the new revised edition, his third and fourth paragraphs have been rewritten as:

I disliked what I deemed the militantly anti-Christian tone of the book and considered it a sign of adolescent, village atheist behavior (not that my own writings are always without it!). Now I think such things are utterly beside the point. It is the content that matters. I neither chafe at the reverent piety of biblical critics like Joachim Jeremias nor bristle at the sarcasm of atheist polymath Frank Zindler. Besides, she soon put such understandable rage behind her.

There were a number of issues she mentioned in a kind of too-encyclopedic survey approach, speculations about the Masons, ancient civilizations (à la Colin Wilson, whom I also knew and much respected), and the like. I still think these matters did not belong in the same book with her Christ myth arguments. They are entirely unrelated questions, and I have no expertise at all in evaluating them. Still don’t. I should have ignored them in my review. All such issues are absent from her subsequent, much more tightly focused books such as Suns of God and Christ in Egypt. And now they are conspicuous by their absence from the pages of this new version of The Christ Conspiracy.


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5 thoughts on “Revised Edition of The Christ Conspiracy”

  1. This was the first book I ever read on the subject subsequently to find she was generally trashed by others in the “field.” Think it’s great if she is finding more acceptance, even if posthumous.

    1. A lot of the trashing was because of men following old patterns; she was a woman. Men, you are fallible too. She said so much that was right before most of those today who have a following knew. Frankly, men, you need to stop trashing women in your field, it is apparent and looks downright silly. Price has to trash her even while complimenting her. I’ve gotten used to it by now, which is why I can say something.

  2. The only work of Murdock I’ve ever read was the home page on her website. Nothing there made me think I wanted to read anything else she wrote. Neither has any of the favorable things Price has had to say about her.

  3. Not long after Jesus Christ was found missing from the burial tomb [“King James”] written records
    describe his visits to later generations of Jews that moved from Jerusalem to America around 600 BC.
    [“Book of Mormon” and Documents”]. Book and Documents were from written records translated from
    metal plates and later, from written records kept by leaders / scribes of later generations of Jews.
    Interesting was that these large crowds of, later generations of Jews in North America were reported to have heard the resurrected Jesus Christ’s speeches , only in their minds.
    A few [“now living”] authors [ Masons ] have suggested Barabbas [“King James”] translates to Master, Teacher, Son of God or similar.
    Author of book “The Autobiography of a Yogi” [ 1946 edition ] describes having an ‘out of body’ meeting [ in the 1950s ] with Jesus Christ and describes Jesus Christ’s physical appearance.
    Many people in ” near death experiences ” describe meeting Jesus Christ, on consciousness return.
    Perhaps man’s limited awareness may not be able to accept multiple truths exist and that Spirit will
    do its’ darndest to produce evidence to support every person’s anticipated outcomes / results.

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