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Acharya, thanx 4 1 of the greatest websites eye've ever seen.  "The Origins of Christianity" is the most informative essay on Christianity yet, unless there's a stray brilliant essay out there I haven't read.  Informative, actually, because you just come out and honestly say exactly what you've discovered - which usually looks like a "damned atheist" wrote it, and I suppose that would be the only reason why I didn't read it in a widely distributed academic journal.  Most essays, in Time, Newsweek, etc., or the recent PBS documentary on Jesus' life would shyly reveal a FEW of the things you mentioned, then would end the article with a polite relativistic apology that would tame the literal-minded.  The rest of the sight is astounding, some of the articles are hillarious as well.  Your links alone could fuel an entire academic career.  Thanks for everything!  I hope you and this site will be around forever.


Date: Sun, 14 Mar 1999 14:48:14 -0500
From: DS
To: Acharya S
Subject: Afternoon!

You have got to be one of the most fascinating women I have never (sort of) met.  I have spent the last three hours perusing "The Truth Be Known".  I forwarded an excerpt to my oldest son, whom most recently "left the nest" in pursuit of the great American dream.  For years he has been trying to tell dad a few things.  I tried to listen, but due to a-typical Judeo-Christian patriarchal predispositions could not.  I hope he forgives me for my ignorance.  Well done!!!!


Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 06:55:30 -0600
To: Acharya S
From: BM
Re: Mysteries of the World

Thanks for writing, and I'm looking forward to your book.  Let me tell you again how much I appreciate your website-- excellent stuff. Take care, 


From: DSZ
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 11:23:34 EST
To: Acharya S
Subject: Hi Again

Hi, i would like to first thank u for you generousity for giving me information on the cannibals. I am almost finished with my Cannibal project and i might be able to put it into my School's website. I don't know if they will put it in, but i really want them to because i spent a lot of time on it.

i'll just keep my fingers crossed. On friday i am going to present my project on hyperstudio and i am sooo nervous. Again i want to thank u for helping me and my project!

Sincerely,
*** Student and Cannibalism group


From: SW
To: Acharya S
Subject: One freethinker to another
Date: Sat, 20 Mar 1999 13:07:23 -0500

Dear Acharya,

I hate to sound redundant, after having read your other e-mails, but your writings are terrific! I am going to spread word of your site to everyone I know, believers and non-believers alike. You have probably heard this before, but just in case let me add this to your quotes." Fundamentalists love to hate and hate to love."  Keep up the good work, with your skills you can make a difference!

Your friend,


From: BE
Date: Sun, 21 Mar 1999 22:07:21 EST
Subject: Origins of Christianity and Historical Jesus

Hello,

I just read your article the Origins of Christianity and Search for Historical Jesus.  I found it very interesting.  Some things you mentioned were ideas I had in the back of my mind for years.  I look forward to reading more in the future.

I am sure you probably get plenty of "hate" mail from those who find such thoughts unpleasant or "heresy" so I thought I would send a note saying the opposite.

Have a great day and Thank you.

Again, not too much hate mail (there's one below on 3/29).  Most people who write to me actually seem quite sane. Sigh. Thank the Big Nothing.


Date:  Mon, 22 Mar 1999 09:17:05 -0500
From:  DB
To:  Acharya S
Subject:  THE X-RATED BIBLE - A Book Review

Dear Acharya,

Thanks for the info on the "X-rated Bible".  I will definitely check it out.

In the past I have pointed out some of the perversions of the OT "heroes" to bible belivers, and somehow they turn it around so that it validates the authenticity and integrity of the bible in their minds.  I just have to shake my head.  The bible is an atrocious book, about atrocious people, and an atrocious god who even commands human sacrifice (somewhere in Numbers, ch 31?).  But these people just refuse to see it as a problem.  Is there any way to get through to them, or should I just not care?

In any case, I am very grateful to you for your work.  I rely on it very much to keep my thinking clear!

Thanks again,


From:  MS
To:  Acharya S
Subject:  THE X-RATED BIBLE - A Book Review
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 1999 08:37:27 -0600

Hi Acharya:

That may be the next book on my list.

Currently, I'm enjoying this work: The Encyclopedia of Biblical Errancy by C. Dennis McKinsey .  You've probably heard of it, or his website.  This is a must read for freethinkers.  It, too, pulls directly from the Bible and quotes only its own passages.  It's really fascinating to read about the amazing amount of lies perpetuated by their "holy book".

Another good read is The Dark Side of Christian History by a woman named Helen Ellerbe.  History as you've never known it.

Perhaps you've even used their books as references to your own forthcoming one.

Joy!


From: FDB
Date:  Mon, 22 Mar 1999 20:28:18 -0600 (CST)
To:  Acharya S
Subject:  THE X-RATED BIBLE - A Book Review

Long time... my metaphysical fiend!!!

It's good to see you are still engaging the paradigms of existence... My best wishes and passions to you for your own thrusts in meeting the fascinations of your awareness.  Keep'em cumming!! 


From: ENG
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 1999 13:47:34 EST
To: Acharya S
Subject: Re: THE X-RATED BIBLE - A Book Review

Regarding this part of the email you sent:
<< We're talking about the Holy Bible, a book filled with incest, rape, adultery, exhibitionism, debauchery,  abortion, prostitution, drugs, bestiality, castration, scatology - all the nasty stuff!"  >>

I myself have started to read the Bible.....just to be able to talk about it.  And I've already seen just in Genesis how much incest and adultery has already gone on.  I can't imagine what the rest of it is going to be like!  It's like reading a porn book.....kinda cool when you think about it!  But we all knew the bible was bs to begin with.  As you've said time and again, sex should be the main focus of all our lives.....with that in mind, I wish I had a girlfriend who was a porn star!

Actually, I've never said sex should be the main focus of all our lives, but it's certainly one pleasant aspect, when it's not overblown.


Date: Mon, 22 Mar 1999 18:08:48 -0600
From: GB
To: Acharya S
Subject: Re: THE X-RATED BIBLE - A Book Review

Thanks for book review.  I remember attending the Church of Christ many years ago and the preacher talking about the fact that Kruschev was supposed to have memorized the bible but wasn't a christian.  Most christians have not read the bible--I've read it several times in various versions and realized that a human who behaved as god does in the bible would be locked up as a criminal psychopath.  Reading the bible all the way through was probably the beginning of my rejection of christianity and it's been enlightening to go to atheist sites on the internet and discover how many of them also trace their atheism to ACTUALLY READING THE BIBLE ALL THE WAY THROUGH!

Keep up the good work.


Date: Thu, 25 Mar 1999 09:01:57 -0800
From: EH
To: Acharya S
Subject: Nice work hon...

You've done a fine job with your web site. I've book marked it for permanent storage. I will be studying your writings for some time. So far, you're right on. I've been doing some ranting on my own for many
years now....

Please be careful and take good care of yourself. Those of us opposed to the disease of Christianity are at risk. Take good care.


From: EH
To: Acharya S
Subject: I enjoyed what I read.

Acharya, I have really enjoyed what I have read on your web site. I suspect we were born from the same spiritual womb.

It's not hard to become cynical about our species when you look at its predisposition towards religious superstition.  The claims of religion and the actual products of religion are so diametrically opposed that you'd think someone would finally figure out that it is the religious system of thought that is at fault. Are there any "good" Christians out there? Of course there are! However, I'd argue that they are good DESPITE their religion, not due to it. It says a lot for mankind that we have made it this far encumbered as we are by religion and the mind parasite - faith. Will the species ever free itself and dance around distant stars? I don't know. Ask Pat Robertson....

... Freedom of religion means freedom from religion (or the former makes no sense whatsoever) Third. An good deed done by the religious would be far better done without first filtering it through the vast overhead of the church (which usually sucks up 100% of all its members charity. Padded pews cost money!)....

Final comment. Your pictures were attractive - ah shit, what the hell - they were hot. Must be nice to not have to give some murdering God credit for such a bod.


From: BO
To: Acharya S
Subject: Comments on your website
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 1999 14:45:55 -0500

Dear Acharya,

Your web site is simply amazing. The information contained in your work pretty much sums up many years of my quest for the truth. You have a wonderful talent for written expression, worldly knowledge of the past and present, and the fortitude to express your ideas and publish your findings.

I have pretty much run the gamut of christianity, having been involved with congregationalism, baptist, and mormonism. Actually I have the mormon religion to thank for leading me to the truths, as in their aggresive attempts to discount other christian religions, they effectively taught me their own falsehoods. Local historical records proved beyond any reasonable doubt as to the character of the mormon founder, Joseph Smith's true intentions.

I more or less reasoned that if this duping of the public can and still happens in a modern era, just imagine how easily this could have happened 2000 years ago. Now I fear that the history is being rewritten as many of the original local documents concerning Joseph Smith are now missing along with whatever other information pertinent at that time.  Just another example of irrational fear of the truth being covered up.

Needless to say, I am not a christian, mormon or otherwise. I have not suscribed to any organized religion for over 18 years. I am currently investigating paganism and the Wicca beliefs which (or is it witch) has a bit of logic to the natural order of things. There is a local Freethinkers group that I intend to contact now that I realize who they are.

Thank you so much for sharing your extraordinary wealth of knowledge and confirming what many have suspected. If you have intentions of lecturing in the Ithaca or Cornell region in the future, please let me know so I may attend.


From: WW
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 1999 03:01:08 EST
To: Acharya S
Subject: Dear enlightened one

Your site sounds a lot like mine!  I was beginning to think I'd never find another one which saw through the propaganda polluting this land.

Weren't all those religious stories invented by primitive people?  The herd blindly accepts what it's told.

America is a very sick land.  Many religious laws exist.  Freedom continues going away, based on majority opinion of those people currently alive.  (Ninety percent of Americans believe in a ghost that lives in outer space.  Quite frankly, parts of humanity have gone insane.)  No consideration is given to the millions of people not yet born.  I visited 17 other countries while in the Navy, and can attest to the fact that most people elsewhere have much more freedom than we have.

America has committed many severe human rights abuses.  That's why life is so stressful and violent.  For instance: long ago, the government required everyone to be monogamous, the worst possible choice.  It forbade bigamy and started controlling (licensing) and endorsing marriage, a religious ritual. Human animals are not naturally monogamous.  If they were, the divorce rate would be close to zero.  What if government had stayed out of this aspect of our lives?

I endorse the philosophy of Thoreau: That government is best which governs least.  It was adopted by Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., who took action to keep their governments smaller rather than larger.  Which government on Earth is largest? ...

I've added a link to your site.  Keep up the good work, and keep an open mind.


From: RF
To: Acharya S
Subject: I've read your stuff
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 07:09:24 PST

I am sorry to say that, by reading your writings, I have realized that you have been brainwashed by humanist philosophy, you're part of a cult, and part of everything you accuse others of being. I'm sad to see that you do not realise your own position of bigotness. You're just part of the "holy" war.

[Boy, people will see whatever they want!  Of course, this idiot is completely wrong - I was born this way.  I didn't even know what humanism was until I was already awake.


Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 8:48 -0600
From: MS
To: "goddess acharya s"
Subject: my enlightenment

Dearest Acharya S:

I have just finished visiting your web site for the first time, and might say......job well done!

I am now a devote follower of your temple and the knowledge you expound.

May I also say that you are one fine babe, and, if you are ever in the Chicagoland area and have a deep and unfulfilled desire to "make the sign of the orange-bellied, white-crested, desert dwelling tree frog" please contact me.

Your humble servant,


From: GL
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 09:55:18 EST
To: Acharya S
Subject: The Meaning of Easter

Hey there!! ... I really appreciate you sending me information on the truths about religion. It really helps me to realize that I am not the only person that thinks this way. Keep sending me stuff.

Thanks again,


From: TB
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 12:57:07 EST
To: Acharya S
Subject: The Meaning of Easter

I enjoyed reading your note about the origin and meaning of Easter.  I appreciate being on your list of recipients.


Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 12:07:17 -0600
From: NW
To: Acharya S
Subject: Your Site

Acharya, I was raised in a Presbyterian household.  My sister is an extreme fundamentalist- which I find to be very scary.  I was doing some research on Christianity when I came across your site through links on opposing views to Christianity.  I have found your views to be very enlightening.  About 12 years ago I fell away from the church after three friends died in a drunk driving accident, one in a bike wreck, and one from leukemia. I had a hard time believing in a GOD that allows bad things to happen to good people. My husband is an agnostic atheist and I used to be disturbed by that due to the salvation issue I was raised to believe- but after viewing your site along with other research am starting to lean towards his(and your) perspective. I just don't see how if there are so many different religions out there there can only be "one truth" as my sister likes to claim. I was wondering if you knew of any good newsgroups on the internet I could subsribe to to chat with other people who are in doubt of organized religion/christianity???

Thanks,


To: Acharya S
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 12:30:46 -0800
From: BD
Subject: Kindred Spirit!

The very fact that such statements as yours are continuously necessary is sad proof that mankind is basically insane and should be stopped like the mad disease it is.  I was really glad to see that you don't support the "Christ-was-a-man-he-didn't-die-on-the-cross" stuff.  My pet theory is that the Christ story is a playscript that the notoriously unimaginative early Christians accepted as fact.  Of course, all worshippers accept the ritual, during its enactment, as fact, but most know that these are stories that metaphorize reality for our conscious minds (and people love metaphors anyway, because metaphors are so fun and beautiful).

Yes, things would improve mightily if we could banish the nuclear family, reinstate some sort of communal upbringing for children, with enough study of other communities to cancel the fearful idea that our particulars are the ONE TRUE WAY and all others are WRONG.  I myself went through the religion trap, Christian version, and came out adamantly opposed to all versions of mind-control and all poetics of brainwashed idiocy.  As Lily Tomlin said, "Life is perverse: it can be so beautiful, but it won't."  When I moved into a building with born-again neighbors, one of whom decided he must convert me, I finally, after fending him off for months, allowed him in and showed him my shelves of biblical commentary and religious study, in all languages.  I tried to make him see that I had given this a lot of thought, and his homilies weren't going to shake my "faith."  He wept--not because I'd refuted him, but because he'd failed and another soul was lost.  Almost makes you wish there was a God so that these bozos could wake up after death and see just how almighty foolish they've been.

Glad to find your site.  Keep up the good diatribes.


Date: Wed, 31 Mar 1999 02:15:01 +0000
To: Acharya S
From: KM

Ooh, nice brains *pokeprod* ;)


From: MS
To: Acharya S
Subject: THE X-RATED BIBLE - A Book Review
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 1999 10:41:33 -0600

Man, you really know your stuff.  You GO girl!

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