Pretzel Logic and the Murdockettes

Sometimes reading the forums at the website of D. M. Murdock (aka Acharya S) is surreal. I recently took a look at the FAQs and some of them are unintentionally hilarious. They also illustrate the poor grasp of research skills among the Murdockettes. In particular, we turn to someone who goes by the moniker “Freethinkaluva22″ who apparently spends much time defending Murdock against any and all challenges. He is an admin at the forums and posted FAQs for its readers. Let’s take a look at one that deals with the issue of the publisher for The Christ Conspiracy. It has been pointed out that Adventures Unlimited Press is a publisher of books on conspiracy theories, UFOs, astrology, and not someone you would link to serious scholarship. So what sort of spin can Freethinkaluva22 conjure up to counter the criticism.

A friend of Acharya, Kenn Thomas owner of Steamshovel Press talked to his friend and owner of Adventurers Unlimited Press (AUP) David Childress about publishing Christ Conspiracy and he’s very happy he did. Let it be known that Christ Conspiracy is the NUMBER 1 SELLING BOOK of ALL TIME for AUP.

In case you are wondering, Kenn Thomas runs Steamshovel Press which is a conspiracy theorist publication. This is a guy who once stated that JFK was assassinated because of what he found out about UFOs. As for Childress, that is David Hatcher Childress, a guy from the Ancient Aliens TV show, who could link a 300 year old pair of chopsticks found in Asia to extraterrestrial technology.

Having one loon endorse you being published by another loon is not exactly the type of endorsement you should be seeking.

In response to the next unidentified quote (I believe it was from J. P. Holding):

The catalog of Adventures Unlimited Press, Acharya S’s publisher, specializes in conspiracy books, Extraterrestrial Archaeology, UFOlogy, books on Atlantas, Anti-Gravity, Cryptozoology, Lost Cities, Templar Studies, Mysterious Phenomena, etc.; i.e. it is not University of Chicago Press.

he writes:

First of all, there’s no problem with those topics. Secondly, what these folks don’t know is that major, respected publishers also publish books on those topics and far worse. Major publishers also publish books on pedophilia, satanism, rape, incest, polygamy, homosexuality, murder, cannibalism and more.

Folks consider these to be respectable publishers and they are but, they publish books on all of those topics too. Simply go to and do a book search and type in a favorite publisher along with a topic from above and you’ll be amazed at what turns up.

Of course, left out of this is what sort of book is being published. There is a huge difference between Brill, an academic publisher, issuing a book on the history of ancient astrological beliefs and a popular publisher issuing a book on how to use the stars to find your perfect mate. Both might be found under a search for “astrology” but a large chasm exists between Otto Neugebauer and Jeane Dixon.

Also, does the search turn up a book because it was published by that press or for some other reason? For example, consider his next statement:

University of Chicago Press – Lets look up “conspiracy” and see what turns up …

The 9/11 Conspiracy by James H. Fetzer

The Stargate Conspiracy: The Truth about Extraterrestrial life and the Mysteries of Ancient Egypt by Lynn Picknett

Now the University of Chicago Press might publish something dealing with conspiracies – it might be a treatment of conspiracy theories as a historical or sociological phenomenon; but neither of the books he listed are by the University of Chicago Press! The latter book cites works by the University of Chicago Press but the book itself is published by Penguin. Similarly, a later claim for Frank Joseph’s The Atlantis Encyclopedia is misguided as Prometheus does not publish that book. The mythical character Prometheus does, however, appear in the book. I think someone needs a lesson on how to use Google properly.

I did not bother searching the others as they were general publishers (Harper’s, Simon & Schuster, etc.) who publish both scholarly material and popular books. The point was not that Adventures Unlimited published books on conspiracy theories, UFOs, and the like – lots of publishers do that – but that they publish nothing but such material.

Anyway, you get the point. Complaints about Adventurers Unlimited Press (AUP) simply don’t stand and are simply used to try to get others not to read Acharya’s works.

Come again??

Only in the world of tinfoil hats.

9 thoughts on “Pretzel Logic and the Murdockettes

  1. Arthur says:

    Has D.M. Murdock’s fanboys failed again? She’s an idiot out for the historically informed to see her as the fraud she is. When are you publishing your ebook on the question of if Jesus of Nazareth ever existed as a historical person?

    • I was waiting for both the Marice Casey book against mythicism (recently published) and the Richard Carrier book defending it so it would consider the latest arguments. I might just finish and release it and issue updates as needed. News on that front will be coming soon.

  2. Hi Mr. McIlhenny,

    There are other ways to get access to Carrier’s work. He’s recently published a collection of papers as HITLER, HOMER, BIBLE, CHRIST (class act…), which include his stuff on Tacitus, Josephus, and even Thallus (even that little lacuna is given special attention). You might be able to catch the mythicist arguments there as well.

    • Thanks for the comment. I purchased the Kindle edition of his book a few days ago. I am referring to his mythicist magnum opus he allegedly is releasing later this year. Since there is no firm publication date yet, I will go ahead with my ebook with the info I have now and make any additions necessary later.

      • Thanks. I hope I’m not being personal here (you could respond via email), but what are your qualifications in this field? I’m just curious. I still think your arguments are quite good either way.

        • Sorry I took so long to reply, but we were one of the unfortunates to lose power in the most recent spate of winter storms. I do not claim to be a historian – just an apologist at the popular level. This is why I am very careful to document my sources so anyone can check them. I do not expect anyone to accept anything I say on my authority alone but to verify what I have said with the documented sources. I have always been a bit of a history buff and I have read much of Church history – much more than many theology majors. My own undergraduate major was mathematics and I think this helps with the use of logical analysis. While I have had some fans of DM Murodck launch personal attacks against me, none have answered the evidence I have compiled of her poor skills as a researcher.

Leave a Reply