07. Prophet of Zeitgeist



In Prophet of Zeitgeist: A Critique of the Jesus Mythicism of Jordan Maxwell, Albert McIlhenny examines ideas promoted by the conspiracy theorist Jordan Maxwell that Jesus never existed and is merely a metaphor for the sun. Maxwell’s videos are widely distributed on venues such as YouTube and his work was cited by Peter Joseph as the “lifeblood” for the latter’s film Zeitgeist. Maxwell’s claims that Christianity is based on the zodiac, his use of etymologies, and his sensationalistic conspiracy theories have won him a loyal following and influenced other Jesus mythicists. But once we put his claims under the microscope, just how accurate are they? McIlhenny examines Maxwell’s wild and wooly claims and demonstrates that they cannot withstand even the slightest bit of scrutiny. By the end of the book, it is doubtful anyone could ever take seriously the mythicist claims of one of America’s best known conspiracy theorists.

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The contents of the book are as follows:

Preface

Series Introduction

Introduction

Chapter 1 – The World According to Jordan
1.1 – Experiencing Jordan Maxwell
1.2 – Consider the Sources
1.3 – A Play on Words
1.4 – Metaconspiracy
1.5 – Who Is Jordan Maxwell?
1.6 – The Legacy of Jordan Maxwell
1.7 – Conclusion

Chapter 2 – Ancient Religion
2.1 – Astrotheology
2.2 – The Cult of Saturn
2.3 – Stellar, Lunar, and Solar Cults
2.4 – The Zodiac
2.5 – God’s Sun
2.6 – Solar Savior
2.7 – The Winter Solstice
2.8 – Osiris and Sirius
2.9 – How Horus Influenced English
2.10 – Conclusion

Chapter 3 – The Old Testament
3.1 – The Hidden Meaning of the Bible
3.2 – The Hebrew Language
3.3 – Isis and Genesis
3.4 – In the Beginning…
3.5 – Job and the Zodiac
3.6 – Noah’s Ark
3.7 – Abraham
3.8 – Israel
3.9 – Moses and the Golden Calf
3.10 – Moses and the Moon
3.11 – God and the Volcano
3,12 – Manna and the Mushrooms
3.13 – The Ten Commandments
3.14 – The Passover
3.15 – YHWH and Sex
3.16 – Solomon
3.17 – Conclusion

Chapter 4 – The New Testament
4.1 – The Father’s House
4.2 – Jesus for the Ages
4.3 – The Chief Cornerstone
4.4 – Saviors Galore
4.5 – Marriage Feast of Cana
4.6 – Lord of Lard
4.7 – Lamb of God
4.8 – Apollos
4.9 – The Trial of Jesus
4.10 – Conclusion

Chapter 5 – The Church
5.1 – The Origin of “God”
5.2 – The Origin of “Church”
5.3 – Other Etymological Wonders
5.4 – The Council of Nicaea
5.5 – The Church and Astrology
5.6 – Conclusion

Conclusion

Bibliography

Notes