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Truth Be Known was created in 1995 by independent scholar of comparative religion and mythology D.M. Murdock, also known as "Acharya S."

Acharya's work is designed to bring to light fascinating lost, hidden and destroyed religious, mythological and spiritual traditions that reveal an exciting core of knowledge dating back thousands of years.

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Who was Jesus Christ?Who was Jesus Christ?
Was Jesus a God, man or myth? Did he exist as a real person? The answer may shock and surprise you.
Were George Washington and Thomas Jefferson Jesus Mythicists?Did George Washington and Thomas Jefferson Believe Jesus was a Myth?
Did American Founding Fathers study the case for Christ as a mythical figure?

Is the Shroud of Turin real?Is the Shroud of Turin Real?
Is the Shroud of Turin genuine? Or is it a forgery in a long line of "pious frauds?"

Noah's ArkIs Noah's Ark Real?
Is the biblical story of Noah's Ark a true story? Was there a global flood? Many people have tried to find evidence for this tale.

Jewish historican Flavian JosephusThe Jesus Forgery: Josephus
A brief paragraph in by Jewish historian is cited as proof of the existence of Jesus Christ. Is it really? Or is it a forgery?

Tacitus, Roman Politician and Historian, (c. 56-120 CE)Do Pliny, Suetonius and Tacitus Prove Jesus Existed?
Are these supposed references evidence or worthless in the quest for the historical Jesus?

Does Roman historian Suetonius refer to Jesus Christ?Is Suetonius's Chrestus a Reference to Jesus?
Does the Roman historian refer to the historical Jesus of Nazareth or another individual altogether?
Does Church Father Justin Martyr Discuss the Four Canonical Gospels?Does Justin Martyr Refer to the Gospels?
When were the gospels written? Does Justin serve as evidence for their existence in his time?

The Virgin Mary crowned by angelsWho was the Virgin Mary?
Who was the Virgin Mary? Was she the Mother of God? As with Jesus himself, Joseph and Mary never appear in the historical record of the time.

Who was Mary Magdalene?Who was Mary Magdalene?
Was Mary Magdalene a "common prostitute?" Was she the wife of Jesus Christ and the mother of his children?

Jesus the 'Sun of Righteousness' arises, with healing on his wingsWhen Was the First Christmas?
Was the first Christmas truly the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25th? Or is this holiday much older than that?

The sun at winter solstice, forming a cross of lightIs Jesus the Reason for the Season?
Christmas is a winter solstice celebration, not the birthday of the Jewish messiah and Son of God.

Egyptian hieroglyph of Orion with three loops and SiriusThe Star in the East and Three Kings
Is the gospel account of the "star in the east" followed by "wise men" from afar true? Or is it a myth based on older stories?

Isis nursing HorusWas Horus Born on December 25th of a Virgin?
Jesus Christ is not the only god supposedly born of a virgin on December 25th. So too was Horus of Egypt.

Was the Roman god Mithra born of a virgin on December 25th?Was Mithra Born of a Virgin on December 25th?
Mithra, the Light of the World, is an ancient sun god identified with Sol Invictus, who was born on December 25th.
Was Dionysus killed and resurrected after three days?Was Dionysus Born of a Virgin on December 25th?
The Greek god has been depicted as born of a virgin mother on December 25th, dying and rising after three days.
Was the Greek god Attis born of a virgin on December 25th? Was he killed and resurrected after three days?Was Attis Born of a Virgin on December 25th?
What is the evidence that the god Attis was portrayed as born of a virgin on December 25th, killed and resurrecting afterwards?
Was the Indian god Krishna born of a virgin?Was Krishna Born of a Virgin? 
The theme of the virgin mother of a god or hero was abundant in antiquity, including in India, as depicted in the Mahabharata, for one.
The Egyptian goddess Neith was the Virgin Mother of the World thousands of years before the Virgin MaryNeith, the Virgin Mother of the World
The worship of the Egyptian goddess Neith, a sometime mother of the solar deity Horus, is traceable to around 7,000 years ago.
Virgin Mother Goddesses of AntiquityVirgin Mother Goddesses of Antiquity
The Great Creator of the Universe has been viewed as a female - a goddess - during a significant period of human culture.
Is Easter Christian or Pagan?Is Easter a Christian or Pagan Holiday?
Rather than being a "Christian" holiday, Easter celebrations date back into remotest antiquity and are found around the world.
Is Jesus a rehash of Osiris?Is Jesus a Remake of the Egyptian God Osiris?
The dying and resurrected Osiris was worshipped thousands of years before Christ. Is it Osiris's story in the New Testament?
Was Jesus Christ in India?Was Jesus in India?
Over the centuries, the claim has been made that Jesus Christ spent his early and post-crucifixion years in a variety of places.
Was Jesus Christ in Great Britain? Or is he remake of the pagan woodworking god Esus?Was Christ in Great Britain?
Rumors hold that Jesus traveled to England, but did he really? Or is there another reason for these stories? 
Was Apollonius of Tyana the basis for Jesus Christ?Was Jesus Christ Based on Apollonius of Tyana?
Why are the lives of Jesus and Apollonius so similar? Why does Apollonius resemble St. Paul as well?
So-called James Ossuary does not serve as proof of a historical JesusThe James Ossuary Provides No Proof of Jesus 
Is there really some wondrous "new proof" of Jesus to set the record straight once and for all, or is it another bit of faithful flotsam?
Mithra slaying the bull, surrounded by 12 companionsWhat Did the Church Fathers Say about Mithraism? 
Why did the religion of Mithraism so bother the early Christians that they were compelled to write against it?
Dr. Chris Forbes, Australian historianRebuttal to Chris Forbes Concerning Zeitgeist
An indepth analysis exposes 21 errors in this Australian historian's critique of the religion part of the hit internet film.
Isis in cruciform or cross-shapeIsis was Called the Chrēst Centuries Before Jesus
Isis shares many attributes with Jesus, including the epithet "Chrēstos," meaning "the Good."
The sun god Apollo rides in his quadriga chariot across the skyWas the Greek Sun God Apollo Called Chrēst?
Apollo possesses important attributes in common with Jesus, including his status as the son of God.

Is Buddhism atheistic, or is Buddha depicted as a divine being?Who was the Buddha?
Is Buddhism atheistic? Or is "the Buddha" depicted as a divine being with supernatural qualities, similar to Jesus?

Krishna Crucified? Was Krishna Crucified? 
Was the Indian god depicted in cruciform or cross-shape, like so many other deities in antiquity, including in India?
Artist's rendering of Sirius, the Dog Star, and its companion star Sirius B, the Pup.Did the Dogon know about Sirius B?
Did the African tribe of the Dogon receive knowledge from extraterrestrials of the invisible companion to Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky?

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Justin MartyrDoes Early Church Father Justin Martyr Quote the Gospels?
Are Justin's writings proof of the existence of the gospels during his time, around 150 AD/CE?
Jewish historian Josephus bust (Image from 'The Jewish War' c. 1888)Does Josephus Prove a Historical Jesus?
Is the "Testimonium Flavianum" genuine to Josephus? Does he mention Jesus of Nazareth? 

Savior of the World or 'Soter Cosmou'The Phallic 'Savior of the World' Hidden in the Vatican
What is this strange artifact that is so disturbing it must be kept from the public?

Dead Sea Scrolls (Photo: Berthold WernerDead Sea Scrolls Prove Bible Unoriginal
Do the scrolls provide evidence for or against the gospel story?

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"Murdock's scholarship is relentless! ...the research conducted by D.M. Murdock concerning the myth of Jesus Christ is certainly both valuable and worthy of consideration." —Dr. Kenneth L. Feder, Professor of Archaeology, Central Connecticut State University, Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience In Archaeology

"I find myself in full agreement with Acharya S/D.M. Murdock... I find it undeniable that...many, many of the epic heroes and ancient patriarchs and matriarchs of the Old Testament were personified stars, planets and constellations..." —Dr. Robert M. Price, The Pre-Nicene New Testament

"I can recommend your work whole-heartedly!" —Dr. Robert Eisenman, James the Brother of Jesus and The New Testament Code,

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"Acharya S deserves to be recognized as a leading researcher and an expert in the field of comparative mythology, on a par with James Frazer or Robert Graves—indeed, superior to those forerunners in the frankness of her conclusions and the volume of her evidence." —Barbara Walker, The Women's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets and Man Made God

"I've known people with triple Ph.D's who haven't come close to the scholarship in Who Was Jesus?" —Pastor David Bruce, M.Div, North Park Seminary, Chicago,

"Thirty years ago, when in divinity school, I might have had second thoughts about becoming an Episcopal priest if a book like D. M. Murdock's Who Was Jesus? had been available to me." —Bob Semes, Retired university professor of History and Religion, Founder and Executive Director of The Jefferson Center

"Ms. Murdock is one of only a tiny number of scholars with the richly diverse academic background (and the necessary courage) to adequately address the question of whether Jesus Christ truly existed as a walking-talking figure in first-century Palestine." —David Mills, Atheist Universe

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