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Who Was Jesus? w/ Lena Einhorn

Lena Einhorn, MD, PhD, is an acclaimed filmmaker, author, and ex–medical researcher. As an award-winning filmmaker, she has written and produced medical documentaries that have appeared on outlets such as PBS. 

She has also written and directed various award-winning dramas and documentaries, including the series From the Shadows of the Past, which explores three historical puzzles, biblical and non-biblical.

Her first book on the historical Jesus, “The Jesus Mystery”, was published in Sweden in 2006 and in the US 2007. Elements of the Time Shift hypothesis were first described in this book, and later developed and presented at various Society of Biblical Literature meetings.

Her current book, “A Shift in Time” (2016), marks the first complete presentation of the full details of the hypothesis and a discussion of its conclusions and inevitable implications.

During this interview Lena Einhorn expands on, and analyzes in detail, the Time Shift Hypothesis. She discusses historical sources written at the same time as the New Testament, that point to a number of similarities, but chronologically shifted, parallels to the story of Jesus and his disciples.

When Did Mythology Become Religion? w/ John K. Lundwall

John K. Lundwall on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show

John K. Lundwall received his BA in English Literature from Brigham Young University, and his MA and PhD in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpenteria, California. Dr. Lundwall has presented numerous lectures at symposiums, conferences, and public classes in myth studies, and has served as an editor for several academic publications. He specializes in the connections between oral cosmology, myth, and cultus. 

His book “Mythos and Cosmos: Mind and Meaning in the Oral Age” reexamines ancient myth through the template of oral thinking and oral cosmology. Contradicting decades of assumptions about the purpose and function of ancient mythology, Lundwall defines myth as "the oral imprinting press of pre-literate peoples" and shows that myth belongs to a complex and rational method of information transmission amongst oral peoples. 

During this interview John shares his research into the ancient myths, traditions, and rituals. He explains what we know about the earliest forms or religious writings and how they still showcase their oral roots. If you ever wondered about how ancient orals religions compare to what we deem as modern day religions, don't miss this interview! 

How did the "Pagan" Religions Influence Christianity? w/ Jordan Anthony Burich

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Jordan Anthony Burich Joins us on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show

Jordan Anthony Burich holds an Anthropology degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and is beginning his PhD track this fall at the State University of New York-Buffalo. His focus is on archaeology, mainly an archaeology of religion, ritual, and cultural transmission. He is a dedicated skeptic who will--more often than not--opt for the simplest answer. He also enjoys discussions such as the following.

Jordan joins us on air and discusses his research into how ancient cultures and religions have set the foundation for what we view as the modern day religions ie. Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Jordan has been onsite on various archeological digs in Cypress and has extensively researched ancient cultures.

During this interview we discuss how the Roman Emperor Constantine utilized the Mithras cult to further the political campaign of Christianity. We touch on how various scientists have challenged the religious claims of how the world works, and why their bravery was so important in progressing society. We touch on the ridiculous claims of the ancient alien theories and how nature inspired many of the myths that we know today. Don’t miss this fun and informative interview! 

The Faithless Feminist w/ Karen Garst

Author Karen Garst Joins us on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show

Karen Garst is an atheist and a feminist. She started focusing on her atheism in 2014 when the U. S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby. In this decision, the Court decided that the owners of Hobby Lobby, because of their religious beliefs, were not required to provide certain forms of birth control to their female employees under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Karen writes about women's issues and the role religion has and is playing in inhibiting the progress toward full equality. She strongly believes that the time has come for women to be able to openly and freely express their atheist views without shame and ridicule in our society. She has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Karen Garst is currently editing a book entitled “Women Beyond Belief: Discovering a Life Without Religion” which will explore  stories of women who have left religion coming from diverse religious backgrounds. This book is scheduled to be out sometime in the Fall of 2016.

She has also created a blog and a YouTube Channel. You will find topics that vary from separation of church and state issues to well researched pieces on the mythological roots of modern day religions. One of our favorites is her blog that shows the evolution of the divine nature goddess into an Abrahamic figure. Make sure to check out her incredible blog and subscribe to her YouTube Page. 

A Tribute to the Life and Work of DM Murdock aka Acharya S

D.M. Murdock, aka Acharya S was an independent scholar of comparative religion and mythology She was classically educated at some of the finest schools, receiving a degree in Classics and Greek Civilization, from Franklin & Marshall College. DM Murdock was also a member of one of the world's most exclusive institutes for the study of Ancient Greek Civilization, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece.

Murdock served as a trench master on archaeological excavations in Corinth, Greece, and Connecticut, USA, as well as a teacher's assistant on the island of Crete. Murdock was proficient in English, Greek, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese just to name a few.

DM Murdock is the author of several books, including The Christ Conspiracy and Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection  among many others. She was a proponent and leading scholar of the Christ myth theory. Her latest Book “Did Moses Exist?” provides a massive amount of information from antiquity about the world's religious traditions and mythology, including how solar myths, wine cultivation and fertility cults have shaped the Bible and Judaism. This book is revered as the most comprehensive study to date on the subject of Moses.

She was all of this and much more to many. She was a leader in the freethought movement and challenged the status quo. She showed us that it was okay to speak out against the unfair treatment of women in heavily religiously indoctrinated cultures. She challenged us to question everything including Jesus’ historicity. She inspired many people to learn more about the mythological origins of modern day religions. The Mythicist Milwaukee team will miss her very much.

To pay tribute we wanted to reflect on what she meant to others and listen to their stories and experiences with this amazing individual who has passed away on December 25, 2015. To honor her legacy, a panel made up of Aron Ra, David Fitzgerald, Miguel Conner, and Dr. Robert Price along with the Mythicist Milwaukee team, discussed the impact that Acharya’s work and friendship had on their lives.

If DM Murdock has inspired you throughout the years please consider donating to her family. Her immediate family is in need of support to cover funeral costs and many more expenses. You can donate here by purchasing her e-books. Her family will get 100 % of your donation and you will receive digital copies of her e-books. 

What Can We Learn From The Vedic Scriptures? w/ Brannon Vrin Daavin Parker

Brannon Parker joins us on the "Mythicist Milwaukee Show"

Brannon Parker joins us to discuss how the Vedic scriptures have influnced many of the religions that came much later.

He also explains his involvement with protesting in Washington D.C. to provide much needed aid to the Yezidi people who were trapped on Mount Sinjar in Iraq.

Brannon aka Vrndavan attended Vedic Gurukula schools from the age of 4 to 14 years. He studied Sanskrit, Hindi, Vedic literature as well as English, Math, Indian History and the Vedic tradition of Cow protection in the USA, Canada and in Vrndavan, India. He also studied Political Science, World History and Japanese at Kapiolani Community College and Computer Network and Security Infrastructure and Electronics at North Seattle Community College.

Formerly initiated into Gaudiya Vaishnavism by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and Gayatri Mantram from Bhakti-Sundar Govinda Maharaj. He is dedicated to bringing the ideals of Prabhupad’s Vision beyond the confines of the organization and developing a full spectrum Vedic society that encompasses our entire human civilizationHas been researching and publicly presenting Vedic Historical and Cross-cultural connections since 1996.

His main focus has been on highlighting the similarities between the ancient cultures and civilizations around the world and defining their Vedic roots. Brannon stresses the importance of recognizing Hinduism as the world’s longest and most contiguous ancient culture stemming from the World’s ancient Vedic Civilization. He has written numerous essays on the subject and firmly states his opinion that Hinduism and Vedic knowledge and practices hold the key to solving many global problems on a social, economic, ecological, political, and religious level. Brannon dedicates his time to working with organizations that promote Vedic Dharma.

He is the author of “Orissa in the Crossfire-Kandhamal Burning”, and “The Serpent, the Eagle, the Lion and the Disc”.

The Life of Hypatia of Alexandria w/ Dr. Bruce MacLennan

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Dr. Bruce MacLennan on the "Mythicist Milwaukee Show"

Dr. Bruce J. MacLennan is the author of the book “Wisdom of Hypatia” . He has a BS in mathematics  from Florida State University, and an MS and PhD in computer science from Purdue University. He was a senior software engineer at Intel, and a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His research is in artificial intelligence, artificial life, self-organizing systems, and philosophy of mind.

For more than forty years, MacLennan has also been a student of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and religion. He has published journal articles and book chapters on Neoplatonic spiritual practices, Jungian psychology, and neurotheology. MacLennan is invited regularly to give international presentations and offers regular workshops on Neoplatonic spiritual practice, Pythagoreanism, theurgy, and related subjects. 

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Dr. MacLennan shares who Hypatia of Alexandria was and what her life looked like in Egypt. He shares the wisdom that she has passed down through the generations and how her teachings can still benefit modern day society. If you were ever interested in Hypatia and what she stood for, this is a must listen interview for you. 

Mythicism in Greece

Minas Papageorgiou talks with us from Greece on the "Mythicist Milwaukee Show"

Minas Papageorgiou founder is the founder of the Greek Mythicists organization. He has extensive knowledge on the mythicist position and firsthand knowledge on how Greek mythology has been infused with the Abrahamic faiths.

  Minas met with Sean Fracek, the president of Mythicist Milwaukee, in Greece and took him on a guided tour of Athens.

Minas met with Sean Fracek, the president of Mythicist Milwaukee, in Greece and took him on a guided tour of Athens.

Minas has spent many years studying the mythicist position and has been actively working to share the information that he uncovers through print and media. Minas is a journalist and author by trade and has written a masterpiece entitled "Jesus Mythicism: An Introduction" that includes the varying viewpoints of the top secular and mythicist scholars. 

Minas is a journalist and author by trade and has written a masterpiece entitled "Jesus Mythicism: An Introduction" that includes the varying viewpoints of the top secular and mythicist scholars.  Listen to the full interview here

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"The Mythology of Eden" with Arthur George

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Arthur George is a cultural historian, mythologist, and prizewinning author who at the end of 2013 retired from a 30-year career as an international lawyer in order to devote his time to studying and writing and speaking about mythology and related subjects. He is a frequent speaker at scholarly conferences and other events on mythological, religious, and related topics.

He is the author (with his wife Elena) of two award-winning books, the latest of which is entitled The Mythology of Eden, published last year. In it he examines the biblical Garden of Eden story from the perspective of mythological studies, which will be the subject of today’s discussion. He has a mythology blog at www.mythologymatters.wordpress.com and a website with his wife Elena at www.mythologymatters.com.

Arthur joins us on the "Mythicist Milwaukee Show" to discuss his work and why he decided to study mythology religious traditions and practices. 

Dr. Richard Carrier Deconstructs Christianity in One Hour

Dr. Richard Carrier deconstructs the mythological origins of Christianity as well as how it has adapted through the centuries in this one hour interview. He addresses the evolution of early Christianity through the lens of myth and the politics of the second and third century of the Roman empire.  

Dr. Richard Carrier is an atheist activist, author, public speaker, and blogger. He is a trained historian and one of the leading current proponents of the Christ myth theory. Carrier received a PhD in ancient history from Columbia University in 2008: his thesis was entitled 'Attitudes towards the natural philosopher in the Early Roman Empire'. He has published several articles and chapters in books on the subject of history and philosophy 

He is the author of the books “Proving History” and “On the Historicity of Jesus”. These books explain and utilize a historical methodology that employs Bayes's Theorem for the purpose of historical inquiry; specifically within the context of Jesus studies. He is also an advocate of atheism and metaphysical naturalism, which he has defended in his book “Sense and Goodness Without God.” 

In 2014 Dr. Carrier published his latest book entitled: “On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt” , which is "the first comprehensive pro-Jesus myth book ever published by a respected academic press and under formal peer review"

He will be traveling to Milwaukee on April 25th as the keynote speaker of the  Mythinformation Conference brought to you by Mythicist Milwaukee. Make sure to purchase your tickets today!

What is Mythicism? Who is DM Murdock?

DM Murdock talks with us on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show: 

D.M. Murdock, aka Acharya S is an independent scholar of comparative religion and mythology She was classically educated at some of the finest schools, receiving a degree in Classics, Greek Civilization, from Franklin & Marshall College. DM Murdock is also a member of one of the world's most exclusive institutes for the study of Ancient Greek Civilization, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece.

Murdock has served as a trench master on archaeological excavations in Corinth, Greece, and Connecticut, USA, as well as a teacher's assistant on the island of Crete. Murdock speaks, reads and/or writes English, Greek, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese to name a few.

DM Murdock is the author of several books, including The Christ Conspiracy and Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection  among many others. She is a proponent and leading scholar of the Christ myth theory. Her latest Book “Did Moses Exist?” provides a massive amount of information from antiquity about the world's religious traditions and mythology, including how solar myths, wine cultivation and fertility cults have shaped the Bible and Judaism. This book is revered as the most comprehensive study to date on the subject of Moses.


Breathing Life Into Myths

While Mythicist Milwaukee visited Egypt recently, we toured the temple of a Queen of Egypt from ancient times - that of Queen Hatchepsut. She was an interesting character who did everything she could to get into power and stay in power. This included inventing a story about her divine birth in order to take the throne from the male heir. 

Hatcchepsut was born to Queen Ahmose and King Thutmose I. After the king died, Hatchepsut made up a story of how Egypt's supreme deity at the time, Amen-Ra, impregnated her mother - and she had her story backed up by Egypt's high priest. 

When we heard this story, bells went off. A god blowing into a woman to impregnate her? Sounds like a familiar tale that may have been borrowed and modified throughout the years. Below is a summary of Queen Hatshepsut's story, followed by a few other religious tales that share this motif.

Queen Hatshepsut - Ancient Egypt

Ruled: 1479-1458 BC

Hatshepsut (or Hatchepsut) was the fifth pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty in Egypt's New Kingdom. She is generally regarded by egyptologists as one of the most successful pharaohs, reigning longer than any other woman of an indigenous Egyptian dynasty. 

Her rise to power went against all the conventions of her time. She was the first wife and Queen of Thutmose II and on his death proclaimed herself Pharaoh, denying the old king's son, her nephew, his inheritance. To support her cause she claimed the God Amun-Ra spoke, saying "welcome my sweet daughter, my favourite, the king of Upper and Lower Egypt, Maatkare, Hatshepsut. Thou art the King, taking possession of the Two Lands." She dressed as a king, even wearing a false beard and the Egyptian people seem to have accepted this unprecedented behaviour.

In the depictions, Amun-Ra appears with the unborn Hatshepsut and then with her mother (Queen Ahmose) in the form of Hatshepsut's father (Thuthmosis I). Amun impregnates the queen with his divine breath then reveals his true nature and fortells that Hatshepsut will rule Egypt. Amun-Ra then visits Khnum to instruct him to create Hatshepsut´s body. A heavily pregnant Queen Ahmose is led to the birthing chamber by Heqet and Khnumwhere she is assisted by Meskhenet. In the final scenes, the newborn Hatshepsut and her Ka are suckled by twin Hathors while Seshat records her birth.

Toward the end of the reign of Thutmose III and into the reign of his son, an attempt was made to remove Hatshepsut from certain historical and pharaonic records. This elimination was carried out in the most literal way possible. Her cartouches (name in hieroglyphs) and images were chiselled off some stone walls in her temple, leaving very obvious Hatshepsut-shaped gaps in the artwork.

Isa (Jesus) - Islamic Religion

Allegedly lived: 7-2 BCE (sources vary extremely on this date)
Story written in the Quran: ~850-950 CE (AD) (sources vary on this date)

In verses 21:91 & 66:12 of the Quran, Allah says that he breathed into Maryam's (Mary's) shirt/empty space/vagina (various sources translate this differently) in order to conceive Isa (the Islamic Jesus).    

    "And she who guarded her virginity, so We breathed into her of Our spirit (roohina) and appointed her and her son to be a sign unto all beings." S. 21:91     

    "And Mary, Imran's daughter, who guarded her virginity, so We breathed into her of Our Spirit (roohina), and she confirmed the Words of her Lord and His Books, and became one of the obedient". S. 66:12.

 

 

Adam - Christian Religion

Allegedly lived: ~4,000 BC (sources vary on this date)
Story written in the Bible: ~500 BC (sources vary on this date)

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created. When the LORD God made the earth and the heavens- and no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth] and no plant of the field had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no man to work the ground, but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground- the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being." Genesis 2:4-7

Based on what we conclude, we doubt Queen Hatshepsut knew what she would inspire when she invented the story of her divine birth. We pulled the stories from the Bible and the Quran only because they are the most relevant religions in modern times. 

There are many more stories that explain gods or god men impregnating humans. Can you name any others?

What Happens When You Die?

The Final Judgement event is one of the most popular stories that originated out of ancient Egyptian mythology. It was one of the earliest explanations for what happens after one dies. It also reminded early Egyptians that the wicked in life will be punished in the afterlife. To this day, Egypt reproduces scenes of this event on items marketed to tourists on everything from clothing to bath towels, jewelry to hand-woven silken rugs. (We couldn't help but buy papyrus calendar with the judgement scene on it when in Cairo!) Following is a short summary of the event:


The Final Judgment

Once the journey through the underworld is complete, the deceased reach the Hall of Final Judgment. Judgment involved a two-part process:

Part 1: Standing before the 42 divine judges

Here they stood before 42 divine judges and pleaded their innocence of any wrongdoing during their lifetime. The Book of the Dead provided them with the correct words to use for each of the judges, ensuring that they would pass this part of the judgement process even if they had not been completely innocent. (We saw replica pages of the Final Judgement instructions from the Book of the Dead at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.)

Part 2: Weighing the heart

The second part of the judgement process was the ‘Weighing of the Heart’ ceremony. The heart, which contained a record of all the deceased’s actions in life, was weighed against the feather of the goddess Ma’at. This feather was the symbol for truth and justice and helped determine whether the deceased person had indeed been virtuous. If the heart was found to be heavier than the feather, it was fed to Ammut, the ‘Devourer’, and the soul was cast into darkness. If the scales were balanced, the deceased had passed the test and was taken before Osiris who welcomed them into the afterlife. For those who were concerned about this test, they could recite the spell (usually Spell 30B from the Book of the Dead) inscribed on their heart scarab amulet to prevent their heart from ‘betraying’ them.