In his Darklore 7 article, “The Enigmatic Doctor Dee,” Schoch discusses the work of Dr. John Dee, the court astrologer to Elizabeth I. Dee, Schoch claims, had genuine supernatural powers and consorted with real demons:
Dee, I suspect, possessed genuine paranormal powers, and his “angels” where [sic] certainly not imaginary (even if they were arguably of his own making, the knowledge they brought had in some but not all cases a veridical basis). But were they “angels” as Dee wanted to believe, or “devils”? Dee may have deluded himself and made a Faustian-style pact with lesser darker spirits, a pact sealed with sexual-magical rites of a traditional “black magic” nature that ostensibly Dee abhorred and repudiated.
[He possessed] what in modern parlance might be called paranormal powers to effect real changes in the world we know.
This is beyond extraordinary. Schoch, a scientist, claims that there are demons, that magic is real, and that supernatural powers can be used to effect change in the material world. How can Schoch logically claim to re-date the Sphinx based on materialist science while simultaneously claiming that magic and demons have the power to change the physical properties of matter? It makes my head hurt.
Schoch had previously expressed interest in parapsychology, but ostensibly from a scientific perspective, rather than a mystical one.
I can’t see how Schoch can possibly hold his position on the Sphinx re-dating when anyone could simply argue back to him that demons or sorcerers simply made it look old by casting a spell on it. After all, the ancient myths and legends, especially those of the medieval Arabs, imagined the Sphinx as a locus of demonic energy, and even a monument carved by the devil. What right have we to doubt the “ancient texts” now that demons and magic are admitted to be real?