Speaking of Jesus mythicism, the very intelligent and lovely Christ Mythicist D.M. Murdock, who used the pen name Acharya S, died recently, losing a courageous struggle she had waged against cancer.
I always enjoyed reading her work, which was highly controversial, as I enjoy most work which dabbles in myth and comparative religion.
I followed her brave struggle against her illness. It seemed she was doing really well when her death suddenly came - believe it or not - on Christmas Day, 2015.
My first thought was being struck by the coincidence. Murdock's first book was The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold. She also wrote Who Was Jesus? Fingerprints of The Christ. Also, Christ In Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection.
After so much attention to Jesus of Nazareth, how strange she would die on the very day Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus!
It struck me similarly to the coincidence of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson - who both played such important roles in the United States - dying on same Fourth of July (in 1826).
Such things happen we are reassured by the rationalists. Okay. Whether it be mere coincidence or meaningful coincidence, I find these things fascinating.
I will miss Murdoch. Perhaps now she is in a position to know more fully the subjects that challenged her mind in this life.