An Open Letter to Bill Moyers from Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr.
March 2, 2005
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Dear Mr. Moyers,
Often, and most recently in your February 9th letter of apology to former interior secretary, James Watt, you profess to be a Christian. While there are many sects in Christianity, what unites the individuals within these sects as part of the body of Christ is this basic belief: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that He was entombed, and that He has been roused the third day according to the scriptures . . ." (I Corinthians 15:3-5). On the PBS series, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth, hosted by you, Joseph Campbell referred to Christ's resurrection from the dead as "a clown act, really." Since that time, you have been promoting his work as insightful and brilliant. Further, the book The Power of Myth quotes you as saying to Campbell, "far from undermining my faith, your work in mythology has liberated my faith from the cultural prisons to which it had been sentenced." Surely you, as a Baptist minister, recognize that it is the Scriptures which are able to make us wise for salvation (II Timothy 3:15), and not the opinions of Scripture-bashing atheists such as Joseph Campbell.
Since 1988, you have used your journalistic station to proclaim Joseph Campbell a world-wide "authority" on ancient myths, when the reality is that he didn't understand the true meaning of ancient myths at all. Campbell covered up that embarrassing fact by calling them all "metaphors," and you let him get away with it. Imagine the sculptors of the Parthenon in 447 BC discussing the proposed content of the temple's eight sculptural themes. Does it sound plausible to you that the chief artist would suggest that they spend the next fifteen years of their lives sculpting metaphors? I don't think so. The Greeks created the living basis of our culture, and the "myths" they sculpted on the Parthenon were meant to be understood as history. They tell us who the Greeks were, where they came from, and what they believed.
As I point out in The Parthenon Code: Mankind's History in Marble, Greek myth/art tells the same story as the Book of Genesis except from the point of view that the serpent enlightened, rather than deluded, the first couple in paradise. Greek myth is actually the history of the human race told from the standpoint of the way of Kain (Cain), and a celebration of the rebirth of the serpent-friendly Eve (Athena) after the Flood. All of this becomes very obvious, once we see through Campbell's "metaphor" charade.
The Greeks had their own version of Eden - a garden always depicted with a serpent-entwined apple tree. They had their own version of the first couple, of the first couple's two antagonistic sons, of the Flood, of Noah, of Cush, and of Nimrod. Greek artists memorialized what they knew about humanity's past on vase-paintings and temple sculptures.
I write this to emphasize that Greek myth/art, properly understood, is very edifying for Christians and Jews: it validates the early events described in the Book of Genesis, building faith in the truth of the Word of God. Campbell's deeply flawed writings, on the other hand, undermine the Scriptures, betray a sophomoric disdain for Genesis, and boastfully display an anti-Christ, anti-Semitic spirit. As you well know, Campbell looked to science for his understanding of origins, and his chief "scientists" turn out to be Sigmund Freud, Charles Darwin, and Friedrich "God is dead" Nietzsche - men whom he idolized and whose theories and ideas are founded on their own atheism and/or contempt for Christ and God.
Over the years, you have helped Campbell delude millions of students, luring them away from belief in the Scriptures, and discouraging their faith in Christ. And you have made a lot of money doing it. The tree is known by its fruit. Peach trees do not produce thistles, and Christians do not promote atheism. And so I ask you, in all seriousness, to make a choice: publicly renounce Campbell or publicly renounce Christ. You owe our nation's youth an honest presentation.
Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr.
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