I knew this was coming, but it hit me hard nonetheless – Dorothy M. Murdock, aka D.M. Murdock, aka Acharya S (teacher) died. The email announcing her death was dated January 22nd, but says she died on December 25th of last year. That is unlikely. I do not know her age, but would guess her to be early 50’s.
Looking about for her biography, I find that she came on the scene in 1995, when she started her website Truth Be Known. I have found no date of birth and no parentage, but find she was educated in some of our best schools, meaning she came from money or was very lucky to have scholarships, fellowships or patrons.
Murdock spent her career studying and writing about the history of religion. Her most famous book, The Christ Conspiracy, introduced me to “astrotheology,” or the idea that our modern forms of religions including Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism all have common origins in sun worship. I won’t go into that here, but I had read the book before our trip to Europe in 2011, and so was alert to symbology in the churches and artifacts over there that gave evidence to support her. It was abundant. What an enlightenment she provided!
She was “controversial,” of course. She defended herself vigorously against all attacks from all quarters. Wikipedia, that source of sources, pooh-poohs her work, saying
“Her theories have received negative commentaries from academic scholars.”
The back-door authors and spooks that inhabit Wikipedia would not see that as I do, a sign that she was on the right path. Most scholars and theologians begin with the assumption that there was a “Jesus” and work forward. They do this even though there is no evidence that such a person ever existed. None.
I say it is unlikely she died on 12/25, as it is just too much coincidence. Every year the sun, from summer solstice forward, recedes on the horizon, until on December 21, winter solstice, it stops. It then appears to remain in place for three days, the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, and then on December 25th it rises one degree. In the background as it rises is the Southern Cross. On the third day, he rose again.
That is the origin of Christmas. For Murdock to die on that date, and yet for her admirers not to know of her death for another month … not likely. They are playing games. Add this to no birth date, no parentage despite a first-class education, and she looks like a spook. Who knows? Her enemies were powerful, however, and she continually made reference to the need to base our opinions on evidence rather than belief. That lends to her credibility.
The film documentary Zeitgeist, from 2007, is a three-part series put together by another man using a non de plume, Peter Joseph. The first part deals with astrotheology, and without mentioning her name, gives us the work of D.M. Murdock with great clarity and easy understanding. If you are at all curious, I recommend watching at least that part of the movie. Her books were tough reading – I had to go at them ten pages at a time, as she seemed to me to jump around and repeat and over-cite. But if you can read a tough book, I recommend her follow-up to The Christ Conspiracy, Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection.
(The second part of Zeitgeist on 9/11 is seriously outdated, but the third part on debt slavery is worth a watch too.)