There is a film series on the internet with the title Zeitgeist. It has gotten an extremely large number of people viewing it. Among other topics, the first of the series spends time trying to make the case that Christianity borrowed from ancient pagan myth stories, and that the New Testament is put together from many of these ancient pagan myths. If true, the New Testament stories are false, and the Christian faith is in vain. I have already published a blog post showing the falsity of the claim that the New Testament came from myth (see here).
The frist film uses author D. M. Murdock (also known as Ancharya S) as “academic consultant,” which explains the source of Zeitgeist’s incorrect information about ancient pagan myths. One of the sources I already mentioned has tried to verify any primary sources she might have, which she apparently cannot produce (see here). Further, when I reviewed her website, I reviewed one topic about which I knew a fair amount, the documentary evidence for the New Testament. I found her statements about New Testament manuscripts to be rather poorly sourced, misleading, and incorrect. I posted a correction of her views here.
Now we learn that the gunman who murdered people in Tuscon last week, including gravely wounding a member of the US Congress, was said to be a dedicated follower of the Zeitgeist movement. How much his actions were inspired by Zeitgest is not known at this writing. However, we must be cautious, for skeptical movements such as this have no corner on the market of imbalanced people. Murders have been committed by criminals for a variety of reasons. But it is important to point out that this tends to fly in the face of popular atheists who are quick to point to religious people as the root of all evil. We must be careful before assigning blame in cases such as this. However, the recent shootings and murders can reinforce an old lesson: ideas have consequences.
As for Zeitgeist and the information it used from the work of D. M. Murdock, the two responses I have already posted are quite sufficient to show how incorrect they are. But as further evidence for showing how patently false it is, see this video clip:
This video was produced by The Centre for Public Christianity (see here).
As the video shows, the information used to try to make a connection between Jesus and Egyptian gods is rather absurd. Connecting ‘sun’ and ‘son’ is particularly absurd, for it only works in English, which no one spoke for most of the history of Christianity. The Egyptian god was said to be crucified, when crucifixion was not even invented yet. The connection between Jesus and ancient pagan myths is non-existent. This is established fact.
I am amazed that people will believe such false views when the New Testament has such a huge amount of corroborating evidence. I encourage everyone to read the New Testament for what it is: a reliable first hand account by eyewitnesses, telling us what they saw.