The Shield of Faith


Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. – Ephesians 6


No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. – Luke 16


"Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools..." – Romans 2


The purpose of this report is to warn Christians about an evil conspiracy against our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church. This conspiracy began millennia ago with Lucifer's lie to Eve, "Ye shall be as gods", but I will attempt to show how it gained its strongest foothold in the West during the 17th Century, Age of Reason: "God is dead"/Atheism, and the 18th Century, Age of Enlightenment: "Man is god" era, which continues into the 21st Century.


It is recorded that Spiritualism began in the United States 1848. The western American public was being "fitted" to receive the doctrines of demons through the propaganda, lies and deceit of the "clairvoyant". The ground was "ploughed and made fertile", awaiting the arrival in the early 1900's of the eastern Kabbalistic Rosicrucian, Freemasonic heresy, which was brought from Europe, in part by one Carl Louis Von Grasshoff, aka Max Heindel. This cancer spread throughout the United States, and is best known today as the New Age Movement; every last bit of it has its origins in the satanic Kabbalah.




Spiritism or spiritualism is the belief that the human personality survives death and can communicate with the living through a sensitive medium. The spiritualist movement began in 1848 in upstate New York with the Fox sisters who claimed that spirits communicated with them by rapping on tables. (The "raps" were actually made by cracking their toe joints.) By the time the sisters admitted their fraud some thirty years later, there were tens of thousands of mediums holding séances where spirits entertained with numerous magical tricks such as making sounds, materializing objects, making lights glow, levitating tables and moving objects across the room. The mediums demonstrated every variety of psychic power from clairvoyance and clairaudience to telekinesis and telepathy. Repeated charges of fraud did little to stop the spiritualist movement until the 1920's when magicians such as Houdini exposed the techniques and methods of deceit used by mediums to fool even the wisest and holiest of men and women.”


In the twisted, convoluted, Satan inspired mind of this blasphemous Rosicrucian, Max Heindel, from his book:

The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception or Mystic Christianity

An Elementary Treatise Upon Man's Past Evolution, Present Constitution and Future Development



International Headquarters

Mt. Ecclesia

Oceanside, California, U.S.A.


Max Heindel states:


"All other religions have been but leading up to the Christian religion. They were Race Religions and contain only in part that which Christianity has in fuller measure. The real Esoteric Christianity has not yet been taught publicly, not will it be so taught until humanity has passed the materialistic stage and becomes fitted to receive it. The laws of Rebirth and Consequence have been secretly taught all the time, but, by the direct Command of Christ Himself, as we shall see, these two laws have not been publicly taught in the Western world for the past two thousand years."


As a Kabbalistic Rosicrucian he certainly is not speaking of Jesus Christ, but another Christ, an esoteric mystic false counterfeit Christ.


In the introduction to this book, Heindel writes:


The Western world is undoubtedly the vanguard of the human race, and, for reasons given in the following pages, it is held by the Rosicrucian that neither Judaism nor "popular Christianity," but true Esoteric Christianity is to be its world-religion. Buddha, great, grand and sublime, may be the "light of Asia," but Christ will yet be acknowledged the "Light of the World." As the sun outshines the brightest star in the heavens, dispels every vestige of darkness and gives life and light to all beings, so, in a not too distant future, will the true religion of Christ supersede and obliterate all other religions, to the eternal benefit of mankind.


Carl Louis Von Grasshoff, aka Max Heindel


Below is a short biography of Carl Louis Von Grasshoff, aka Max Heindel. The biography states that Grasshoff was visited by an Elder Rosicrucian Brother, i.e., Teacher in his "vital body". This is a reference to a "spirit guide", which I believe is a bunch of hogwash. It is much more likely that Grasshoff was prepared by the Prieuré de Sion in Europe to be the person to come to America to bring this Rosicrucian philosophy to the West. Since the book is nothing but Kabbalistic blasphemy against God, I would imagine the book was actually written in Europe by high level Kabbalists before he showed up with it in America. He began printing up flyers, handing them out or nailing them to light poles around the city of New York and then Chicago, inviting people to come to his meetings. Newspaper editors were printing his articles in their newspapers. No surprise there. The ground had been ploughed in America for this satanic Spiritualist propaganda, and Grasshoff was here to plant the seeds.


But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. Matthew 13:25








Max Heindel, known as the greatest western mystic of the twentieth century, was born on July 23rd, 1865, of the royal family of Von Grasshoffs, who were connected with the German Court during the lifetime of Prince Bismarck. The father of Max Heindel was Francois L. von Grasshoff.


The oldest of these sons was Carl Louis Von Grasshoff, who later adopted the pen name of Max Heindel.


He was chosen as Chief Engineer of a trading steamer while yet very young. This took him into the Orient, and his trips all over the world in the capacity of engineer gave Max Heindel a great deal of knowledge of the world and its people.


Max Heindel came to Los Angeles, California, in 1903, where he acted as engineer for a time but ill luck overtook him.


With a dauntless spirit and a determination to succeed along more advanced mental lines, he became interested in the study of metaphysics and joined the Theosophical Society of Los Angeles, of which he was vice-president in 1904 and 1905.


This light began to dawn when he contacted the teachings which had been given out by Madame Blavatsky of the Theosophical Society. While connected with this society he met the woman who was years later to become his spiritual inspiration. She it was who helped him to find work, for Augusta Foss was also interested along similar lines of research and she was instrumental in interesting Max Heindel in the science of astrology. In this science he found a field with many possibilities in that it is truly a science of the soul. It gave him the key by which he could unlock the mysteries of man's inner nature.


" day a visitor appeared to him whom he later learned was an Elder Brother of the Rosicrucian Order, (and who became his Teacher). This Being was clothed in his vital body, [my note: "Spirit Guide"] and offered to impart to him the teachings...


"... Max Heindel had been under the observation of the Elder Brothers for a number of years as the most fit candidate, should the first one fail. In addition he was told that the teachings must be given to the public before the close of the first decade of the century, which (sic) would be the end of December, 1909.


At this last interview with the Teacher he was given instruction how to reach the Temple of the Rose Cross. At this Temple Max Heindel spent a little over one month in direct communication with and under the personal instructions of the Elder Brothers, who imparted to him the greater part of the teachings contained in "The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception".


He returned to America in the spring of 1909 where he at once started to formulate the Rosicrucian message which he had received from the Elder Brothers. This was given to the world in the form of a book entitled "The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception", which is a masterpiece of mystical literature. It contains one of the most comprehensive, simply written, and complete histories of the evolution of the earth and man that has been written for centuries. A minister of one of the churches in the northwestern [PAGE 159] part of America made the statement that he had two books on his library table which gave him his thoughts for his sermons; one was the Bible and the other was Max Heindel's "Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception" which unlocked the mysteries of the Bible to him. This book is now translated into eight different languages.


In November 1909, after a successful lecture tour, Max Heindel returned to Los Angeles where he met with much success in lecturing and teaching.


In August 1910, he was joined in marriage to Augusta Foss, the woman who had been instrumental in helping him to find the truth. With this added help and inspiration the field of his work so greatly increased that it soon became necessary that a Headquarters be esyablished (sic) for the purpose of disseminating the Rosicrucian Philosophy.


"...Max Heindel and his brave and loyal helpmate started their pioneer work in Oceanside, California, from where the Rosicrucian Teachings were distributed and spread over the entire globe.


With these loving words on his lips he passed into the Great Beyond, where he had through his devfotion (sic) to God and humanity prepared a great work with the band of "Invisible Helpers", through which the work of healing is carried on. Is Max Heindel's work finished? No indeed, for the special work in which the Rosicrucian Order is interested is that of the Invisible Helpers--through which a great work of healing is being accomplished--Max Heindel was assured by his Teacher that he was the instrument through which a great movement was to be inaugurated, a movement which had a special mission: TO MAKE THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION A LIVING FACTOR IN THE LAND.


[my note: HERETICAL, ESOTERIC "CHRISTIAN" RELIGION. The biggest distortion and corruption of the scriptures I have ever read]


Max Heindel was a great admirer of Madame Blavatsky, he saw in her his own future struggles, he too after he had contacted the Brothers of the Rose Cross, with spirit aflame with the desire to give to the world this greater knowledge which he had contacted...".


Carl Louis Von Grasshoff, aka "Max Heindel" wrote the book, BLAVATSKY AND THE SECRET DOCTRINE

Introduction by High Ranking Freemason, MANLY P. HALL


Manly P. Hall writes in the Foreword:



"It would have been a real loss to all students of mysticism and metaphysics if this little essay on H.P. Blavatsky and "The Secret Doctrine" had not found its way into print. Max Heindel, the Christian mystic, pays homage to Madame Blavatsky, the Oriental occultist. He sees above the little differences which divide the West from the East and rejoices in the great wisdom which has flowed forth out of Asia, rendering fertile the plains of the world's thought. Great is the mind which rejoices in the greatness of other minds. Max Heindel's tribute to the memory and work of Blavatsky and her Masters is a truly beautiful gesture in a world little given, alas, to such gentle impulses."

-Manly P. Hall  1933 /


From Barbara Aho's report The False Gospel in the Stars:


The origins of the Prieuré de Sion are found in 1st century Alexandria, Egypt, where esoteric Christianity and paganism were synthesized. The Society of Ormus in Alexandria consisted of the Therapeutae of Alexandria and the Essenes of Qumran; Ormus became the Prieuré de Sion, the secret society behind the creation of the Knights Templar and the Crusades.


"The foundation of the Priory can be traced back allegedly to the gnostic adept Ormus who lived in the first century C.E.... He formed a secret society which united esoteric Christianity with the teachings of the pagan mystery schools. Ormus adopted as his symbol a cross surmounted by a rose to signify the synthesis of the new and old religions. ...Ormus, the legendary first century founder of the secret society which became the Priory of Sion lived in Alexandria." - 25:31, 142 [Howard, Michael. THE OCCULT CONSPIRACY, Rochester, VT: Destiny Books, 1989]                                   


"Ormus...[was] the name allegedly adopted by the Prieuré de Sion between 1188 and 1307.

"One is intended to see in Ormus the origins of the so-called Rose-Croix, or Rosicrucians. And in 1188 the Prieuré de Sion is said to have adopted a second subtitle in addition to Ormus. It is said to have called itself L'Ordre de la Rose-Croix Veritas..." - 31:185,123


It is my attempt to examine the characters, and their damning philosophies which have incrementally brought much of humanity to accept many of these blasphemous Prieuré de Sion Rosicrucian lies. Heindel states, "All other religions have been but leading up to the Christian religion." This is the underlying, soul destroying philosophy behind the study in Comparative Mythologies and Astrotheology which claim that Jesus Christ is just one more "Myth god" or "Mythical Hero" among all the other 'gods' in Ancient Mythology; Lucifer's "Great Work", the destruction of Christianity.


It is important that Christians know and understand the history and roots of this diabolically evil plan to destroy the name of Jesus Christ from the face of the earth. This is my humble attempt to share what I have learned thus far about this evil plan and some of the players in it.




I will begin with a man named Alan Watt, because Alan Watt was the first person I discovered who is currently spreading these lies all over the internet.


Alan Watt, currently living in Canada, born and raised in Scotland,  is making the rounds on the radio, internet, and short wave talk-show circuit.


Alan Watt has a website called Cutting Through the Matrix.


Alan Watt is a very dangerous man. He is especially dangerous to Christians.


Working for Satan, Watt is setting snares and traps for Christians who are searching for the truth about Freemasonry. Like a fisherman, Watt throws out the bait; "exposing" Freemasonry, etc., hoping his listeners will take it, then he sets the hook and reels them into his satanic trap. 


Alan Watt is knowledgeable about Freemasonry, and comes across as one who is simply wanting to expose the dangers of Freemasonry, a very common modis operandi of many disinformation agents, and agents provocateur circulating on the internet's so-called "alternative", "patriot" and "christian" radio programs and websites. However, Alan Watt eventually divulges his real intentions. He teaches that ALL religions were invented or created by the Freemasons...including Christianity and Jesus Christ. The very philosophy of Comparative Mythology and Astrotheology.


Alan Watt claims that Masonic Catholics created / invented Jesus Christ as a means to control people. Certainly the Catholic [False] church has and does control people, but exactly like the Rosicrucians and New Agers, they USE Jesus Christ, to do this, they did not "create" Jesus Christ to do this. To understand more about the False Catholic Church and its roots, please see this report on the Watch Unto Prayer website: Mystery Babylon the Great: Catholic or Jewish?


Watt also claims that the entire Bible was written by the masons.


Quote from Alan Watt on his website:


In all ages, in all lands, there have been those who seek truth. This seeking is an individual's search for something more than self, and much more than the confines of this worldly system. It is the seeker, who understands there is more than what meets the eye, who is not afraid and makes the choice to go into the unknown. The process of awaking has begun, the discovery is underway.


Alan Watt lumps Jesus Christ in with all the other false religions, and teaches that Jesus is just one more false character/"god" within the Ancient Mystery Religions, in other words, a myth. This is a philosophy known as Comparative Mythology or Astrotheology, which has been, and is currently being promoted by many who claim to be exposing occult Freemasonry or the New Age Movement, etc., but who in fact, practice what they claim to be exposing.


Lucifer has known since he was in heaven with God, that God had established our salvation through Jesus Christ. So Lucifer, being thrown out of heaven for his rebellion against God, determined to counterfeit everything concerning Jesus Christ. This is how the Ancient Mystery Religions came to be. That is why they all seem so closely related to God's plan, and how Satan can so easily confuse, confound and convince man to worship himself, a created being, instead of God, our Heavenly Father.


In Isaiah, chapter 14, we read:


12: How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

13: For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

14: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

15: Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.


 SATAN IS A COUNTERFEITER of ALL that God has planned for our salvation and eternal life with Him. Satan has counterfeited these things for centuries BEFORE Jesus Christ came to mankind in the flesh. Satan has used the Mystery Religions to do this. This way, when the time is right, "the ground has been ploughed and the seeds ready to be planted", as they say, he can use evil men to easily persuade people to believe this lie which Alan Watt and others are promoting.


Lucifer continues to counterfeit everything concerning God's plan of salvation through Jesus Christ, and all Bible prophecy, and will continue to do so until the very end. He will indeed be a Counterfeit of Jesus Christ in the last days. He will be the False Christ, by way of a Satan possessed man, which the prophets of God have warned about for centuries.


Lucifer is NOT a creator....he has to mimic everything that God has done in order to deceive, and make himself appear to be like the most High....enter the ages old, occult Mystery Religions, Talmudism, Kabbalism, Rosicrucians, Freemasonry, Catholicism, Zionism, Freemasonic New Agers, Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, Islam,  Dominionism, Apostate Protestantism, the cults of Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses and so many more; the list is endless...all with ONE common thread running throughout...working as hard as they can to DENY the divinity of Jesus Christ, and lead people into eternal damnation.


We cannot call Alan Watt a wolf in sheep's clothing, because Watt does not pretend to be in sheep's clothing, he is outright Anti-Jesus Christ.


It is interesting to note that Alan Watt has made several appearances on a net radio program called Eye on the Future, with New Age occultic host, Her Holiness Hehpsehboah A., from Vancouver, Canada.


On this program, Alan Watt and Hehpsehboah laugh at Christians for being so ignorant and stupid.


She calls herself the Saoshyant. She is a Zoroastrian. These are her websites:


From Hehpsehboah's website:


A Return to Your Soul's Divinity


Approximately 10,000 years ago, long before the advent of modern day religions, the prophet Zarathustra walked this earth bringing profound spiritual principles and guidance to the people. It was foretold that one day when the earth and humanity were to go through their greatest challenge, the Saoshyant - the Prophet - would return. That day is upon us. The Saoshyant - Her Holiness Hehpsehboah A. - is here. From before her birth, through her early years and beyond, she has been recognized by researchers, scholars, spiritual/religious leaders and visionaries. Now the world at large is aware of her.


From Wikipedia:


Saoshyant refers to "one who brings benefit" in the Zoroastrian Religion. In common usage, this term refers to a future savior or Messiah-figure, who will spread divine truth and lead humanity in the final battle against the forces of evil. /


Those who have a background knowledge of the New Age Movement will recognize right away that this is nothing more then the same old, satanic/Zionist/Freemasonic/New Age "Ye shall be as gods" lies, propaganda and teaching. As a matter of fact, Hehpsehboah's words from her website very closely resemble those on the website; of a coming world peace! True Christians know this will be a Fake world peace under a false Christ, that man of sin, the son of perdition, Satan possessed man.


Now ask yourself, Why would Alan Watt, who claims to be exposing Freemasonry, be making all these appearances on "Her Holiness" H.H. Hehpsehboah A.'s -- Eye on the Future radio show? Alan Watt KNOWS that the new age movement is nothing but Zionist Freemasonic occult philosophy. Is Alan Watt a Zoroastrian?


NOTICE THAT WATT HAS BEEN ON STAN MONTEITH'S PROGRAM! Monteith is a member of the Council for National Policy, and is a WOLF in sheep's clothing!!


Ask yourself, WHY would Stanley Monteith have Alan Watt on his program? An outspoken anti-Christ, who openly proclaims on Hehpsehboah A.'s radio show that the freemasons invented Jesus Christ and wrote the Bible, and that Jesus Christ is a "myth god"??!




Alan Watt has been a frequent guest on Jackie Patru's program, Sweet Liberty, for quite some time. Jackie Patru claims that she is not a New Ager, however, Jackie Patru often opens her program by reading from "A Course in Miracles", which is the New Agers' Bible.


Here is a brief description of A Course in Miracles:



The text of the book "A Course in Miracles" is the product of seven years of trance spirit channeling of a Mrs. Helen Schucman. The spirit that channeled a "new gospel" to Mrs. Schucman claimed to be Jesus Christ. The "spirit" made contact with her to correct errors in Sacred Scripture, and the teachings of the Church. The "spirit" that channeled through Mrs. Schucman wrote that Sacred Scripture was in error in teaching us that sin separates us from God, and that Jesus Christ did not die on the cross for our sins. The book "A Course in Miracles" contains a Text (the dictation's of Mrs. Schucman), a Student Workbook, and an Instructors Manual.


The course is "Gnostic" in teaching and practice:


You notice that Watt is really making the talk show rounds now, and has been on many popular programs...always a Red Flag; he has been accepted and warmly welcomed into the talk show circuit of disinformation agents and agents provocateur.


From Watt's webpage:


List of programs Alan Watt has appeared on:


Special Shows & Presentations


Sweet Liberty Radio w/ Jackie Patru and Alan as Guest

Sweet Liberty (Older Programs) Alan as Guest

Coast to Coast AM w/ George Noory

Alex Jones


Eye on the Future Radio w/ Hehpsehboah

Greg Szymanski's Investigative Journal

The Kevin Smith Show

Rollye James Show

The Edge AM w/ Daniel Ott

Dr. Stan Monteith's Radio Liberty

Feet to the Fire

Richard Syrett Show

Uncensored Radio Free America w/ Rick Adams

Frankly Speaking Radio w/ Frank Whalen

Lou Gentile Show

Light of Day w/ Sheldon Day

Current Issues TV w/ Hesham Tillawi

Outside the Box w/ Alex Ansary

Road To Freedom w/ Eleanor White

X-Zone Radio w/ Rob McConnell


Alan Watt advertises three "books" which he has written. He charges $25.00 each for these "books". These "books" do not contain one footnote or any documentation. Alan Watt has apparently done a lot of reading from other people's works, but he gives no one any credit in his "books".


The pages in his "books" are bound in paper folders, like those you would buy for your child's homework papers, and this is what you pay $75.00 for.


These "books" contain much truth about Freemasonry and the occult Mystery Religions, but anyone with a computer can find that this information is available on the internet for free, albeit, one must be very careful not to fall into the traps which are set by those disinformation agents hoping to snare you into their web of lies and deceit.


Alan Watt is a liar and a dangerous man. He is against Jesus Christ. Any Christian who comes in contact with him, or Hehpsehboah A., should put on the whole armour of God and pray for discernment; then run as fast as you can to get away from them.


In the first chapter of Genesis, God reveals to mankind His establishment of spiritual salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ, the Light / salvation of the world.


 Genesis chapter 1:

1: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2: And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3: And God said, Let there be light [Salvation through Jesus Christ]: and there was light [Salvation through Jesus Christ].
4: And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5: And God called the light Day [OF SALVATION], and the darkness he called Night [OF DAMNATION]. And the evening and the morning were the first day.


Verses 2-5 are ALL SPIRITUAL. This is not day and night as in the physical day and night, i.e., sun, moon and stars.

If we don't understand this we can not understand what they have done for eons and are continuing to do, and are openly bringing all this to the forefront again now. USING the truths we now know and understand about the satanic Ancient Mystery Religions to TURN it all against Jesus Christ with their lying claims that Jesus Christ is just another ancient Egyptian god/myth.

GOD used these symbolic words. Gen. 1: 2-5, to describe to us His plan of salvation through JESUS CHRIST...the Light [Salvation] of the world. And Lucifer and his agents have twisted, perverted, corrupted, subverted and COUNTERFEITED EVERYTHING concerning Jesus Christ by USING God's own words to develope their own false, counterfeit, lying world religions to worship themselves as gods, and all of God's creation MORE THAN THE CREATOR, and especially the sun, moon and stars because this worship is the complete and total Opposite [but so easily Counterfeited by them] of God's plan of salvation to mankind through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.

On the Fourth day God creates the Physical sun and moon.

14: And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
16: And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
19: And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.


John, chapter 1

"1": In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

"2": The same was in the beginning with God.

"3": All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

"4": In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

"5": And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

 "6": There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

"7": The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

"8": He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

"9": That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

"14": And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.


John, chapter 3

"19": And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

"20": For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

"21": But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.


John, chapter 5

"35": He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.


 John, chapter 8

"12": Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.


John, chapter 11

"9": Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.

"10": But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.


John, chapter 12

"35": Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.

"36": While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.

"46": I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.


1 John, chapter 1

4: And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
5: This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.


1 Thessalonians, chapter 5

"5": Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.


Revelation, chapter 21

"23": And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.


John, chapter 5

"29": And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

Scripturally, Light is synonymous with Salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ, NOT "Gnostic esoteric knowledge", however, Astrotheologists counterfeit everything that God has planned.


Michael Tsarion quotes Kersey Graves' blasphemous Kabbalistic lies on his website:


...why is the term "light" so frequently used and preferred throughout the Christian scriptures, to denote the spiritual condition of man? Why are nations, whose minds are cultivated and stored with knowledge, said to be "enlightened?...simply because all knowledge was once supposed to be imparted by the God of the sun through its descending rays of light. Hence light and knowledge are now synonymous terms - Kersey Graves (Bible of Bibles, 1863 AD) /


The letters O.T.O. stand for Ordo Templi Orientis, the Order of Oriental Templars, or Order of the Temple of the East. O.T.O. is dedicated to the high purpose of securing the Liberty of the Individual and his or her advancement in Light, Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, and Power through Beauty, Courage, and Wit, on the Foundation of Universal Brotherhood.




Peace, Tolerance, Truth

Salutation on all points of the Triangle

Respect to the Order.


To all whom it may concern: Greeting and Health


Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.


The Order is international, and has existing branches in every civilized country of the world.


The aims of the O.T.O. can only be understood fully by its highest initiates; but it may be said openly that it teaches Hermetic Science or Occult Knowledge, the Pure and Holy Magick of Light, the Secrets of Mystic attainment, Yoga of all forms-Gnana Yoga, Raja Yoga, Bhakta Yoga and Hatha Yoga, and all other branches of the secret Wisdom of the Ancients.

It is bosom repose the Great Mysteries; its brain has resolved all the problems of philosophy and of life.


It possess the secret of the Stone of the Wise, of the Elixir of Immortality, and of the Universal Medicine.


Moreover, it possesses a Secret capable of realizing the world-old dream of the Brotherhood of Man.  


The Lost Keys of Freemasonry, by Manly Palmer Hall, explains Masonic teaching further:


The true Mason is not creed-bound. He realizes with the divine illumination of his lodge that as a Mason his religion must be universal: Christ, Buddha or Mohammed, the name means little, for he recognizes only the light and not the bearer. He worships at every shrine, bows before every altar, whether in temple, mosque or cathedral, realizing with his truer understanding the oneness of all spiritual truth. (p. 65)


The Grand Lodge of Louisiana supports Hall's explanation with these words from 1980 printing of The Louisiana Monitor:

To the altar of Freemasonry all men bring their most votive offerings. Around it all men, whether they have received their teachings from Confucius, Zoroaster, Moses, Mohammed or the founder of the Christian religion--just so long as they believe in the universality of the fatherhood of God and universality of the brotherhood of man--meet upon a common level. The Jew returns to his synagogue, the Mohammedan to his mosque and the Christian to his temple--each better prepared for the solemn duties of life by the associations in this universal brotherhood. (p. 133)


Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.- John 14:6


Schools of Gnosticism can be defined according to one classification system as being a member of two broad categories. These are the 'Eastern'/'Persian' school, and a 'Syrian-Egyptic' school. The former possesses more demonstrably dualist tendencies, reflecting a strong influence from the beliefs of the Persian Zoroastrians. /


The Gnostics turned the truth of God into a lie millennia ago, and today this lie is being revived. The "Divine light in Gnosticism" is pure Blasphemy against Jesus Christ and a counterfeit of God's plan of salvation for mankind.


Divine light in Gnosticism

The doctrine of light was central to Gnostic belief. For the Gnostics the three great vessels of light were the sun, the moon, and Venus the morning star. Writing in the fourth century, Augustine tells us that certain Gnostic sects such as the Manichaeans honoured the sun and moon, not as deities but as channels for the Divine Substance - the light in their souls - to return to God (Augustine, de haeresibus, 46.2). His contemporary Epiphanius mentions another Jewish sect, the Ossaeans (Essenes), who fled from the Romans into Transjordan and took the name of Sampsaeans, sun-people (from Aramaic shim-sha, "sun"). These sects believed that through a world-renouncing life of prayer and ritual they must try to purify the flame of divinity in their souls from the corrupting flesh that trapped it and reunite it with the Pleroma whence it came. Some believed that in bodily terms the essence of divine power, the most powerful life-giving source, was contained in semen, and it was the rituals using this that shocked Augustine.

The morning star carries the title "Pillar of the Dawn" in Hebrew. Jesus is the "Day-spring from on high" in Luke 1, 78; "the bright and morning star" in Revelations 22.16; and in II Peter, 1.19 he is to be remembered as "a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts."

The morning star brought not only light but dew. In the ancient world, dew was known as the most powerful conceptual fluid of Nature. Pliny says of the morning star: "Its influence is the cause of the birth of all things upon earth; at both its risings it scatters genital dew with which it not only fills the conceptual organs of the earth but also stimulates those of all animals" (Natural History II.38). Pliny also tells of the healing powers of dew (XI.37), which in Exodus 16, 13ff is described as bringing manna, the bread of heaven, and in Psalm 110 is linked to the conception of the Son of God: "from the womb of the dawn, in dew I have begotten thee."

The implication is that behind the imagery of light as knowledge of God lies a deeper, more ancient principle of the divine light bringing fertility to the earth. Jesus, the dayspring from on high, can be seen as a personification or channel for that light. /


"...All the Gnostic sects...claimed to possess a secret doctrine, coming to them directly from Jesus Christ, and different from that of the Gospels and Epistles and superior to those communications which, in their eyes, were exoteric." (Albert Pike) Pike, Albert. MORALS AND DOGMA OF THE ANCIENT AND ACCEPTED SCOTTISH RITE FREEMASONRY, Richmond, VA: L.H. Jenkins, Inc., 1871.


PHALLIC WORSHIP, worship of the reproductive powers of nature as symbolized by the male generative organ. Phallic symbols have been found by archaeological expeditions all over the world, and they are usually interpreted as an expression of the human desire for regeneration. Phallic worship in ancient Greece centered around Priapus (the son of Aphrodite) and the Orphic and Dionysiac cults. In Rome, the most important form of phallic worship was that of the cult of Cybele and Attis; prominent during the empire, this cult was notorious for its festive excesses and its yearly "Day of Blood," during which the frenzied participants wounded themselves with knives; self-inflicted castration, a prerequisite for admittance into the priest caste of this phallic cult, took place during the festival. In India, the deity Shiva was often represented by and worshiped as a phallic symbol called the lingam. Phallic worship has also been practiced among the Egyptians in the worship of Osiris; among the Japanese, who incorporated it into Shinto; and among the Native Americans, such as the Mandan, who had a phallic buffalo dance. /




Gaius Plinius Secundus, (23-79) better known as Pliny the Elder, was an ancient author and natural philosopher of some importance who wrote Naturalis Historia.


Under the influence of Seneca the Younger he became a keen student of philosophy and rhetoric, and began practicing as an advocate.


Before 35 (N.H. xxxvii.81) his father took him to Rome, where he was educated under his father's friend, the poet and military commander, Publius Pomponius Secundus, who inspired him with a lifelong love of learning.


He also virtually completed his great work, the Naturalis Historia, an encyclopedia into which Pliny collected much of the knowledge of his time. The work had been planned under the rule of Nero.


His only writings to have survived to modern times is the Naturalis historia. It was used as an authority over the following centuries by countless scholars.


At the conclusion of his literary labours, as the only Roman who had ever taken for his theme the whole realm of nature, he prays for the blessing of the universal mother on his completed work.


In literature he assigns the highest place next to Homer, Cicero and Virgil.


He takes a keen interest in nature, and in the natural sciences, studying them in a way that was then new in Rome,..."


Alan Watt is by no means alone in the spreading of this blasphemy against Jesus Christ. Currently there are many others making the rounds on the "alternative" media radio and internet websites and programs.




One such person is Michael Tsarion. Tsarion has appeared on Coast to Coast AM and the Jeff Rense program, and also, according to the below program listings Tsarion has appeared for six hours of interviews on Radio Liberty with Stanley Monteith, high ranking member of The Council for National Policy, a so-called "Christian" organization, among many others; see below.


Tsarion has a website called TAROSCOPES, as in Taro Cards and Horoscopes. After Tsarion "reveals" the Masonic conspiracy to his readers, he leads them to his solution. Please click on this link to discover what his "solution" is. /


He invites you "to become a member of his online Taroscopic Mystery School where the esoteric secrets of the Divination Arts will be revealed"!


So after he "reveals" to you that Freemasonry and Christianity are pagan, originating from the Ancient Mystery Religions and Astrotheology, he leads you straight into the pits of hell.


Satan is the author of confusion, and Tsarion is one of Satan’s little helpers. Freemasonry Does have it's origins in the Ancient Mystery religions, as we know, and so does the false Catholic "church", but true Christianity does Not.


 Michael Tsarion was born in Northern Ireland and is a researcher of the occult. He is an author and public speaker whose topics include symbolism, sidereal astrology and Atlantis. He is also the producer and presenter of the Origins and Oracles series which explores ancient mysteries and forbidden knowledge.

Michael is also the co-creator along with Joshua Faulkenberry and Allen Reed of the TimeGnosis Personal Timescopes system.


Michael appeared Friday, July 07, 2006 on the Sci Fi Channel special Quest for Atlantis: Startling New Secrets, hosted by The Today Show's Natalie Morales. On this show, which purports to probe the murky depths surrounding the mysterious history of the mythological continent of Atlantis, Tsarion discusses his own theories as to the origins and whereabouts of this mystical land. /


Born in Ireland Michael Tsarion, an expert on the occult histories of Ireland and America, has made the deepest researches into the comparative mythologies of the world and into his own country's ancient and mysterious Celtic Tradition.


Michael Tsarion has appeared on the following programs:

(Selected List)


World of Lies (DVD Documentary) - produced and directed by Michael Moody

The Hidden Hand (DVD Movie) - produced and directed by James Carmen

The Greatest Lie Ever Sold (DVD Documentary) - prod/dir by Anthony J. Hilder

Quest for Atlantis - NBC Sci-FI Channel Special (July 7 2006)

The Horizon Project (dvd series hosted by Brent Miller)

Unscrewed (Tech TV) - with Martin Sargent (2 Live Shows)

Coast to Coast - Interview with George Noory (two 3-hour interviews, 1 infomercial)

Dreamland - with Linda Moulton Howe and Whitley Strieber

Sightings - with Jeff Rense - Oregon USA (five 2-hour interviews)

The Quest - with Peter Weisbach (2 hour interview)

American Free Press - with Clay Douglas (two 1-hour interviews)

Conspiracy Corner - with Bill Bradley (five 1-hour interviews)

Radio Liberty - Dr. Stan Monteith (three 2-hour interviews)

Radio Alchymy - with Jordan Maxwell

KEST - 1450 AM San Francisco (multiple appearances & interviews)

Seeing Beyond Radio - San Francisco (multiple appearances & interviews)

With Carol Reimer

KKUP (San Jose Radio) - series of four 1-hour interviews

The Hilly Rose Show

KMVT Television (San Jose) - series of five 1-hour interviews

Journey - (TV Seattle/Brenda Roberts) - four 1-hour interviews

Magical Blend Magazine (April 2004 edition/ on Atlantis and the Origins of Evil)

Chico Times - with Brett Leuder (three page spread on Astro-Theology)

The X-Zone (Ontario, Canada) - Rob O'Connell (two 1-hour interviews)

Psi Talk

Headroom - (radio London) with Rob Simone (two 2-hour interviews)

Mysteries of the Mind - with Alex Merklinger

Out There TV - with Kate and Richard Mucci

Chris Pirillo Show (three-hour interview and webcast/ Atlantis)

The Freeman Perspective - with Freeman Fly (two 2-hour interviews)

The Edge AM - with Daniel Ott

RadiOrbit - with Mike Hagan

Global Star Radio Network (host Kevin Smith)

From the Bunker (host Thomas Wolfe) - two 2-hour interviews

Feet to the Fire (with James Arthur Jancik)

Red Ice - (series of interviews on Swedish Radio, hosted by Henrik Palmgren)

World of the Unexplained - (2 hour Interview)

Full Moon Radio - (2 hour interview)

Current Issues TV (With Dr. Hersham Tillawi) - 2 hour webcast interview

Untold Mysteries (Netherlands) - 3 hour interview


For information about The Council for National Policy, see:



This is how Michael Tsarion views the scriptures:


The Bible, that is the Old and New Testaments, is an Occult Theology. It is a consolidation of numerous Asian and Oriental pagan doctrines. It was written in order to appease and represent the doctrines of several powerful oriental Cults. It was the ruling families of these Cults who commissioned and funded the research, translation, and dissemination of the Bible. Many individuals through time, and at the time, knew that it was a concoction, and that it did not depict actual events. But few could openly rival or contradict the powerful dynasties in Rome and the Orient who had the autocratic power to dictate just what would be accepted as history and gospel, and what would not be. Few could stand up, or speak up, against the Roman Emperors who would later ratify the Christian scriptures, and who, with sword in hand, demanded that it be accepted wholesale by their recruits. In the days of old, as in today's world, the word of the leader is law. Being written in Latin also ensured that few people in the world would even know what was really in it. Additionally, most of the (illiterate) people of the world could not care less whether the Bible was based on fact or not, and the very few literate person's knew full well what the consequences would be if they should offer refutations or contradict the almighty emperor, and his bishops. The memory of the fate of the great Giordano Bruno would be enough quell most dissent. The situation was no different during the time of the despot King James Stuart. People accepted his "Authorized" version simply because he had authorized it. That version, and only that version, would be considered right. There was no debate about the matter. You either accepted it, or could prepare to be garroted, incarcerated or burned at the stake. The Bible was the word of God, and God was the King - enough said. /


It is not true that King James permitted only the 1611 Authorized Version. The Puritans continued to use the Geneva Bible and Roman Catholic Church was permitted to use their Douay-Rheims version. King James persecuted neither group. Michael Tsarion, like so many other deceivers, has completely misrepresented the facts concerning King James. (See: The Life and Times of King James audio series) 


A poster on "The Book of THoTH", forum [another occult teaching] had this opinion of Trion’s name:


It's clear to me now.. Michael Tsarion believes himself to be Zarathustra.  


"Zarathustra" (/tsaratuʃtra/) is the German version of the name of the Persian prophet Zoroaster, the presumed founder of Zoroastrianism.


So Tsarion, is really Zoroastrianism… Or the Tsar of Orion.


Too bad half of his theories are made up, or based on authors who were making things up... He talks about Irish history so much, being the Atlantean foundation for civilization, yet I’ve never really heard him talk about ACTUAL history, aside from pseudo-history that only he, Jordan Maxwell, and a couple others are promoting...  




Agents provocateur extraordinaire, pushers of New Age philosophy, and new age snake oil salesmen. The have interviewed New Ager Len Horowitz numerous times, and say they owe their radio program career to Stanley Monteith [of the Council for National Policy]. The list of disinformation agents they have had on their program is endless.




Another liar and disinformation agent who has been around a while and making the rounds on the agent provocateur internet programs is John Kaminski. Kaminski also teaches that Jesus Christ was and is a myth, on the same level as Osiris and Isis, etc., derived from the Mystery Religions.


Devils From Heaven

How religious myths prevent and pervert rational debate

Copyright John Kaminski, February 2004

email: <>


"And thousands of years before the time of the so-called Jesus, there are these interesting facts in the legend of Horus of Egypt: he was born of the virgin Isis-Meri on December 25th in a cave/manger with his birth being announced by a star in the East and attended by three wise men; he performed miracles, exorcised demons and raised El-Azarus (El-Osiris) from the dead. Horus also walked on water and delivered a "Sermon on the Mount." He was crucified between two thieves, buried for three days in a tomb, and resurrected".

Most revealing was the piece by M-Theory on RumorMillNews


In "The Christ Conspiracy," Acharya writes that many religious precepts Christians assume come from the Bible came from Zoroastrianism, including the concepts of heaven and hell; the use of water for baptism; the savior born of a virgin mother; personal immortality and the single life of every human soul; and the final tribulation before the Second Coming.

And thousands of years before the time of the so-called Jesus, there are these interesting facts in the legend of Horus of Egypt: he was born of the virgin Isis-Meri on December 25th in a cave/manger with his birth being announced by a star in the East and attended by three

wise men; he performed miracles, exorcised demons and raised El-Azarus (El-Osiris) from the dead. Horus also walked on water and delivered a "Sermon on the Mount." He was crucified between two thieves, buried for three days in a tomb, and resurrected. He was "the Fisher" and was associated with the Fish, Lamb and Lion. Horus was called "the KRST," or the "Anointed One."

And these Savior events and stories were attributed to many besides Horus long before the alleged time of Jesus, names such as Buddha, Krishna, Mithra, Prometheus, Apollo, Heracles and Zeus, and many more. The legend of saviors just like Jesus had been around a long, long time before Jesus. /

Acharya S.


Member, American School of Classical Studies, Athens
Scholar of Archaeology, History, Mythology and Languages


You will notice that the excerpt from the above article mentions an Acharya S. (real name is Dorothy Murdock).

Her website is


Acharya claims she is a Pantheist:


Extreme theists and atheists both share a certain attitude towards creation: to wit, it is not divine or awesome. I categorize myself as neither of these, since I prefer to view the entire cosmos as divine and awesome. I may thus be called "pantheistic." I may also be considered a mystic, a "homo novus," or, as it were, a new woman. The mystic or gnostic does not reside in the realm of belief or disbelief. She or he knows, rather than believing. I do not need to believe in the sun. I can see it and feel it. I know it exists. I also know that there is a sentience that pervades the cosmos. I am it. You are it. The birds singing in the trees and the trees themselves are it. This sentience could be called "God," but it is not a giant man somewhere in outer space apart and aloof from creation. As Joseph Campbell said: "The idea of God as the absolute other is a ridiculous idea. There can be no relationship to that which is absolute other." /


At the entrance to her website, she quotes John Kaminski saying "Acharya S is the ranking religious philosopher of our era.", and Barbara Walker saying "Acharya S deserves to be recognized as a leading researcher and an expert in the field of comparative mythology, on a par with James Frazer or Robert Graves--indeed, superior to those forerunners in the frankness of her conclusions and the volume of her evidence." She republished Kersey Graves's book The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors, and wrote a new Foreword to it.


She wrote, in an article titled An Atheist Here to Destroy?:


"And yes, I am here to destroy. I am the intellectual aspect of Kali, the destroyer, of Shiva, of Zeus the thunderer, and of Jehovah the flattener of cities. But I am also a part and parcel of the Creative Life Force that permeates the cosmos, and upon the ruined foundations of dead and rotten ideologies I build anew." /


Acharya S., the New Age, and the Culture War on Christianity - Peter Myers, January 1, 2006; update January 4, 2006.


Although attacking the established religions, Acharya offers no evidence to justify her own New Age creed: 'We have entered a new era, based on the astronomical precession of the equinoxes' (SoG, p. 567) and '... in this age in which "the truth will be shouted from the rooftops"' (CC, p. 416).

During the debate, Acharya referred to herself (in the signature block of an email) as Right Reverend Acharya S - International Church of Astrotheology. Is this a registered, tax-exempt, religion? If not, why call it a "church"? In SoG she writes that astrotheology is "the worship of the heavens and planetary bodies" (p. 559).

One opponent wrote, 'Ahcarya is "Pope Joan" for all of the New Age atheists'.

One critic Mike Licona, wrote: 'Acharya means "guru" or "teacher." Her actual name is D. Murdock.'

Christian borrowings from Egyptian theology and iconography are attested by several impeccable sources, e.g. E.A. Wallis-Budge (1857-1934), who was Curator of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum, and who is one of Acharya's reliable sources. Some quotes from Budge are at postmortem-journeys.html.

The push for Gay Marriage is occurring in the Post-Christian West, but not in Asia or Africa. It's a sign that the destruction of Christianity is creating a cultural and spiritual vacuum, and unleashing dangerous forces. Acharya is aligned with those forces of Cultural Revolution. /


Quotes on Acharya S website from Thomas Paine, author of The Age of Reason, David Icke and John Kaminski:


 "The Christian religion and Masonry have one and the same common origin: Both are derived from the worship of the Sun. The difference between their origin is, that the Christian religion is a parody on the worship of the Sun, in which they put a man whom they call Christ, in the place of the Sun, and pay him the same adoration which was originally paid to the Sun." - Thomas Paine


"Just read your book, The Christ Conspiracy. Excellent." - David Icke

"Acharya S can prove Jesus Christ never existed, and your preacher can't prove 'He' did." - John Kaminski


"To our contemporary Christianized Western minds, the most astonishing thing Acharya S proves beyond doubt in her two scholarly tomes is that the much-revered personality known as Jesus Christ is a completely contrived fictional character, and that Christianity has no substance whatsoever that was not stolen - created whole cloth out of pagan myths and traditions - from many of the world's more ancient religions." - John Kaminski


Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creation more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.- Romans, chapter 1




Pantheism is the philosophy that everything is God (pan="everything" theos="God") or that the universe and nature are divine. Because it shares these naturalistic beliefs with atheism, the arguments for pantheism are the same as the arguments for atheism. Pantheism puts forward exactly the same critiques of transcendental religions and supernatural beliefs as does atheism. It is a secular religion, firmly rooted in the real world of the senses and of science.

This form of pantheism is identical with movements variously called religious atheism, affirmative atheism, Monism, or Cosmism. It is also very close to Taoism, some forms of Chinese and Japanese Buddhism, and neo- Confucianism.

An alternative, quite common among New Agers, is pan-psychic pantheism - the belief that the universe/God has a collective soul, mind or will. This version was most clearly expressed by Hegel, and in more modern times by A. N. Whitehead and Teilhard de Chardin (see also: process metaphysics). Another variant is the idea that humans are in some way the mind of the universe (see also: the global brain). Our evolution - indeed our active help - is seen as helping the universe to attain its full potential. /


On the whole, one might be surprised that even in the seventeenth century pantheism did not gain a complete victory over theism; for the most original, finest, and most thorough European expositions of it (none of them, of course, will bear comparison with the Upanishads of the Vedas) all came to light at that period, namely through Bruno, Malebranche, Spinoza, and Scotus Erigena. After Scotus Erigena [pantheist] had been lost and forgotten for many centuries, he was again discovered at Oxford and in 1681, thus four years after Spinoza's death, his work first saw the light in print. This seems to prove that the insight of individuals cannot make itself felt so long as the spirit of the age is not ripe to receive it. On the other hand, in our day (1851) pantheism, although presented only in Schelling's eclectic and confused revival thereof, has become the dominant mode of thought of scholars and even of educated people. This is because Kant had preceded it with his overthrow of theistic dogmatism and had cleared the way for it, whereby the spirit of the age was ready for it, just as a ploughed field is ready for the seed. -Schopenhauer, Parerga and Paralipomena, Vol. I, "Sketch of a History of the Doctrine of the Ideal and the Real" /


According to the above reference, Acharya S. republished Kersey Graves's book The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors, and wrote a new Foreword to it.


Who Was Kersey Graves?

by John Benedict Buescher



In February 1974, Madalyn Murray O’Hair lectured listeners of the American Atheist Radio’s program on the subject of American Freethinker Kersey Graves, the author of the 1875 book, The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors. O’Hair knew almost nothing about his life, but she could hardly wait to tell her audience about his ideas on religious history, because they were so amenable to her own.


“I have been wanting to give you the story of these sixteen gods for some time,” she said.

 “However, I thought that I should find out something about the author first. I have now given up on that.” So she put forward his “discoveries,” without knowing who he was beyond the fact that he had lived in Indiana.  Graves’ writings supported his claim that Christianity was a fraud perpetrated on the credulous by the unscrupulous, who created the story of Jesus Christ out of bits and pieces of earlier myths about “world saviors.”


Kersey Graves was born in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, on November 21, 1813. His parents were Quakers, members of the Redstone Monthly Meeting in Fayette County. His father was Enos Graves (or Grave or Greaves) and his mother was Elizabeth [“Betty”] Jones.


In August 1844, he joined a group of about fifty utopian settlers who gathered in Wayne County, Indiana, under the guidance of Quaker abolitionist and radical reformer John Otis Wattles to found a commune they called “Union Home.” Kersey wrote about the settlement to abolitionist and socialist John Anderson Collins, who had also started a short-lived utopian community at Skaneateles in New York, and who had begun publishing The Communitist.


Among the newfangled health-connected reforms with which the Union Home settlers experimented was probably mesmerism, one of the “kindred” subjects to phrenology. In the other utopian socialist communities of the time, including Brook Farm and Skaneateles, with which Union Home was loosely associated, residents practiced trance induction. Wattles himself became so enamored of mesmerism that he formed a Mesmeric Brotherhood at a later short-lived utopian community he founded and named “Excelsior,” south of Cincinnati on the Ohio River. Erratic Universalist minister, trance lecturer and mystic Thomas Lake Harris visited the Brotherhood there in 1848. He appears to have converted the group, including Wattles, to the full-fledged spiritualism of which he was a herald, the belief that the dead and the living had begun to converse through spirit mediums in séances.


Accordingly, an adherence to the principle of truth required a belief in the mere material world, as known through science-an apotheosis of the Enlightenment project of the eighteenth century.

This explains Graves’ self-consciously evolved infidelity, anti-Christianity, and anti-theism. It also explains his writings’ heavy reliance on sources from the anti-clerical Deists of the Enlightenment.


He wrote these books in order to expound a conspiracy theory: that Christianity was a lie, a deception perpetrated by priestcraft. It was a fiction, he asserted, created out of the common, primitive superstitions and myths that were already present around the time of Jesus. Far from being a unique, historical event, the life of Jesus, as it was described by the Christian tradition, was nothing but a pastiche of myths deliberately borrowed from other cultures, all of whom possessed their own stories of “crucified saviors.” The historical Jesus, according to Graves, was simply a misunderstood spirit medium, whose followers turned him after his death into a Christ, savior, redeemer, and god.


Kersey, however, did no original research in the ancient traditions to which he alluded in his books. He was, after all, thoroughly incapable of conducting such research, having virtually no foreign language training and no direct access to original sources-either literary or archaeological. Shortly after he published his books, Cincinnati clergyman John Taylor Perry sifted through Graves’ sources. He found that even though Graves claimed that he had relied on two hundred works, these were all filtered to him through a short list of primary sources, all of which overtly propagandized a Deist, atheist, or occultist agenda. They were part of a widely disseminated, standard library of Freethought literature. They included Tom Paine’s The Age of Reason, Master Freemason, self-described phallus worshipper, and amateur antiquarian Godfrey Higgins’ Anacalypsis, heretical clergyman Robert Taylor’s The Diegesis, Constantin-François Volney’s The Ruins; or a Survey of the Revolutions of Empires, Louis Jacolliot’s The Bible in India, and Ernest Renan’s “romance,” The Life of Jesus.  These sources already had worked over random bits of facts and fabula, stringing them together out of context. Kersey took them and created his own extravagant speculations from them. He organized them around a theory of nefarious oppressors-in organized Christianity as a whole and especially in the Catholic Church-who, he believed, had fabricated a fictitious savior out of primitive fairy tales. The belief was consistent with the explicit Rosicrucian syncretism underway in Royal Arch Freemasonry during the nineteenth century, which deliberately revived ancient Gnostic teachings as a challenge to the Church. Gnostics described the world as ruled by demented gods, who had created it as a prison and a deceitful simulacrum of heaven. In a Gnostic inversion of Genesis, those who rebelled against the world’s ruling powers-now identified with orthodox religion-beginning with Adam and Eve inspired by the wise serpent, were being faithful to the highest truth. The theme would be continued and developed in spiritualist writings as equally fanciful as Graves’ books, such as in poet and spiritualist lecturer Gerald Massey’s 1883 work, The Natural Genesis.


Graves was both an atheist and a spiritualist, even if he was not a spirit medium himself. Most spiritualists of the time believed that the phenomena of spirit séances-the communications from the spirits of the dead, levitations, telepathy, and so on-were not supernatural miracles, but were actually natural, although not yet understood by science. /


Now, what is Comparative Mythology and Astrotheology and who have been the promoters of it down through the centuries?


Comparative mythology: the academic study of different myths, in an attempt to discover how various myths and religions evolved over time, and aims to reveal relationships between distant religions, and describe their origin.

Astrotheology: Theology founded on observation or knowledge of the celestial bodies.

Comparative Religion = "Many Paths to God"

History of anthropology

The anthropologist Eric Wolf once characterized anthropology as the most scientific of the humanities, and the most humanistic of the social sciences. Understanding how anthropology developed contributes to understanding how it fits into other academic disciplines.

"...anthropology can best be understood as an outgrowth of the Age of Enlightenment. It was during this period that Europeans attempted systematically to study human behavior.

Anthropology grew increasingly distinct from natural history and by the end of the nineteenth century the discipline began to crystallize into its modern form - by 1935, for example, it was possible for T.K. Penniman to write a history of the discipline entitled A Hundred Years of Anthropology. At the time, the field was dominated by 'the comparative method'. /


Eric Wolf

Eric R. Wolf (1923 - 1999) was an anthropologist, best known for his studies of Latin America, and his advocacy of Marxist perspectives within anthropology. Wolf was born in Vienna, but his Jewish family moved first to England and then America to avoid persecution, and Wolf was raised largely in New York. Wolf was one of the coterie of students who developed around Steward. Older students' leftist beliefs, Marxist in orientation, worked well with Steward's less politicized evolutionism. Many anthropologists prominent in the 1980s such as Marvin Harris, Sidney Mintz, Morton Fried, Stanley Diamond, and Robert F. Murphy were among this group. /


Comparative mythology

Comparative mythology is related to comparative religion. It is a field of study which is technically part of anthropology, but is more usually regarded as part of the subject of ancient history. One very well-known recent author in this field was Joseph Campbell. Campbell is considered to be the pioneer of modern comparative mythology beginning with his book The Hero With a Thousand Faces, which describes the grave similarities between hero myths in different cultures. Campbell's ideas were merged with Carl Jung's studies into the psychological phenomenon of the Archetype, defined by comparative mythologists as recurrent images that exist cross-culturally throughout time. Many of its discoveries elicit great curiosity, such as the god Poseidon having pre-dated the concept of the Olympians, originally having been a land-based god.


 What theories

What theories, in the study of comparative mythology, came to a peak in the 19th century. What theorists were unconcerned with the science of myth, and primarily focused on what exactly myths were.


Some influential What theorists include Max Muller, Andrew Lang and James Frazer.

Why theories

Why theories, popular in the 20th century, are concerned with the psychological and structural implications of mythology. Why theorists focus on the idea of the collective human unconscious in terms of understanding the origin of myths. Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung used their theories of analytic psychology to understand myths in a way not done before.


Freud's Oedipus Complex was a result of his combined study of psychoanalysis and the psychology of mythology. Claude Levi-Strauss was a prominent Why theorist. /