Zeitgeist

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An image from a 2009 article (Ѻ) on the Zeitgeist Movie, which summarizes the three parts of Zeitgeist: part one: Jesus is a fake god (a rewrite of Horus); part two: 9/11 was a planned demolition (planned by the US government); part three: the economy is controlled be a few bankers (who manipulate things for their own financial gain).
In religio-mythology, Zeitgeist (TR:5) is was a viral Internet film, released on 18 Jun 2007, produced by Peter Joseph, the first part of which being focused on mythical underpinnings of religion, generally based on the scholarship and consultation of mythologist Dorothy Murdock, supported by publications of Jordan Maxwell and Gerald Massey, the gist of which is that Jesus is a rewrite of Horus, all of which is based on astro-theology; the second part argues that 9/11 was an inside job, orchestrated by the US government; the third part of which argues that Federal Reserve System is controlled by a small cabal of international bankers who conspire to create global calamities to enrich themselves.

Overview
In c.2006, Peter Joseph began to collaborate with Dorothy Murdock in an effort to turn the Christ myth theory, such as presented in her The Christ Conspiracy (1999) and Sons of God: Krishna, Buddha, and Christ Unveiled, into a simple to digest and thought provoking Internet video, one that would have mass appeal, telling the basic story, in calm fashion, that the Christ story is a based on an older motif, the Horus story, all of which is astro-theology in framework. [1]

On 18 Jun 2007, the film was uploaded to he web, after which it began to be get tens of millions of views, becoming viral shortly thereafter.

In 2010, Murdock published “The Zeitgeist Movie Companion Source Guide”, a pdf booklet of source that goes into more detail of the scholarship behind the film. [2]

The film, in the decade to follow, worked to turn a good percentage of US citizens from being believers into skeptics, agnostics, and or atheists.

Foreman | Craig
In c.2010, Mark Foreman, a Christian apologeticist and philosopher, after one of his Liberty University philosophy classes, was approached by one of his students, who vented his confused feelings about Peter Joseph’s Christ myth theory advocating film Zeitgeist (2006), as follows: [1]

Zeitgeist claims that Christianity is a total fiction — that it was completely made up from a combination of other religious claims—and that all world religions are just different expressions of sun worship. [blurting] They really backed up their claims with all sorts of evidence, I don't know what to believe anymore. Is it true? Is all this stuff I was taught in church just a big hoax?

In 2012, Foreman, in reaction to this student query incident, penned “Challenging the Zeitgeist Movie: Parallelomania on Steroids”, wherein he asserts that the following statement by Dorothy Murdock (2010), the primary religio-mythology scholar behind the film, is a “poorly reasoned” argument that does not “hold up” under close scrutiny:

“Indeed, it is my contention, and that of others deemed ‘Jesus mythicists’, that the creators of the gospel tale picked various themes and motifs from the pre-Christian religions and myths, including and especially the Egyptian, and wove them together, using also the Jewish scriptures, to produce a unique version of the "mythos and ritual." In other words, the creators of the Christ myth did not simply take an already formed story, scratch out the name Osiris or Horus and replace it with Jesus. They chose their motifs carefully, out of the most popular religious symbols, myths and rituals, making sure they fit to some degree with the Jewish "messianic scriptures" as they are termed, and created a new story that hundreds of millions since have been led to believe really and truly took place in history. We are convinced, in other words, that Jesus Christ’ is a fictional character created out of older myths, rituals and symbols.”

Foreman's article soon became cited in discussions and debates by William Craig (Ѻ), among others, as a scholarly refutation of the Zeitgeist claims; the following being one example:

“The assertion that ‘Osiris’ son Horus has the exact same bio of Jesus’ is just based on misinformation. This is garbage that’s spread on the Internet, that just isn’t true. What’s funny about this is that these people who say this kind of thing, never seem to quote the primary sources. They tell you that this is in Osiris OR Horus, but you never see the primary sources quoted. When you look at the primary sources, you find out that they’re not at all parallel.”
— William Craig (2012), response (Ѻ)(Ѻ) to audience member who asks about the Osiris/Horus and Jesus parallel, Feb 24

In 2013, Foreman gave a talk, the audio (Ѻ)(Ѻ) of which is available, wherein he tries to debunk Zeitgeist, amid watching clips of the film.

Dawkins
In Apr 2013, Richard Dawkins Tweeted (Ѻ) about the Zeitgeist Horus = Jesus assertion, per reason that he was “doubting the story”:

“Comparisons often made of Jesus with Horus, Dionysus, Krishna etc. Any real scholars out there confirm each one?”
Richard Dawkins (2013), Tweet (Ѻ), Apr 10

The Tweet was responded to by Dorothy Murdock (Ѻ), among others.

Other
In Sep 2013, Mary Sharp, of Biola University, during their “Apologetics Conference on Zeitgeist and Religulous”, gave a talk on how to go about refuting the “Horus equals Jesus” assertion; and example quote of which is:

“If watch Zeitgeist the movie, it could rock your world, as far as your faith.”
— Mary Sharp (2013), “Apologetics Conference on Zeitgeist and Religulous”, Sep 14 [3]

Sharp goes onto to talk about how the best way to refute the arguments for Zeitgeist is to keep asking for the "primary sources"; specifically, if someone comes up and says the following:

Statement: “Worshiping Jesus Christ is like worshiping Horus!”Response: “Well, where are you getting that from? What is your ‘source’ for that?”

the believer is supposed to respond with the followup response (shown); which is followed by a discrediting and slurring any scholar who supports Zeitgeist, per reason that that is "not a primary source" or that is not a "real scholar".

See also
The God Who Wasn’t There (2005) (Ѻ)(Ѻ) | Brian Flemming
Religulous (2008) | Bill Maher

Quotes
The following are related quotes:

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
Buckminster Fuller (c.1970), Zeitgeist movement related (Ѻ) quote

References
1. (a) Murdock, Dorothy M. (1999). The Christ Conspiracy. Adventures Unlimited.
(b) Murdock, Dorothy M. (2004). Sons of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled. Adventures Unlimited.
2. Murdock, Dorothy M. (2010). “Zeitgeist: the Movie: Companion Source Guide” (pdf), ZeitgeistMovie.com.
3. Sharp, Mary. (2013). “Biola University Apologetics Conference on how to Refute the "Horus = Jesus" connections of Zeitgeist (2007) and Bill Maher’s Religulous (2008)” (Ѻ). YouTube, Biola University, Sep 14.

Videos / Threads
Zeitgeist Debunked (2019) – ReligioMythology, Reddit, Mar 8.

External links
Zeitgeist (film series) – Wikipedia.

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