It’s Good Friday, so what better day to explore whether Jesus really died on the cross and rose from the dead? Scott Wolter did an interview with evangelical Christian author Karla Akins, who supports his findings despite disagreeing with his conclusions because in conspiracy culture what counts is your opposition to mainstream academia. In the interview he confirmed his belief that the Gospel narratives of Jesus are a conspiracy designed to hide the truth. If you remember Akhenaten to the Founding Fathers, he follows Ralph Ellis in believing that Jesus reigned as the king of Judea, as well as having been trained as the high priest of Amun, and sojourned in India to take training with Buddhist monks.
Among the highlights, Wolter told Akins that he is no longer an atheist but has “learned to accept” that some aspects of life he “cannot explain or fully understand.” This burgeoning spirituality coupled with previous atheism has helped him to seek out a different form of spirituality behind the façade of conventional Christianity.
To that end, he now believes that “the Tucson Lead Artifacts were made and left as ritual offerings by a Roman-Jewish party from what is now Southern France.” This is despite the fact that the artifacts state in mangled Latin that the people left from, and I quote, “Rome” to travel to Calalus. The reason for this is rather obvious: He also believes that the “mystery” of Rennes-la-Chateau is legitimate. Obviously, this is all connected to medieval myths that Mary Magdalene lived and worked in the area around Marseille and Aix, which will be a major focus of the upcoming season of America Unearthed.
That legend traces back to a bit of myth-making by the monks of Vézelay, who wanted to attract donations by claiming to have the relics of Mary Magdalene. Originally, the story was that Mary’s bones had been carried from Ephesus, her traditional resting place, to France, much like the bones of other saints. But by the time Sigebert of Gembloux wrote his Chronicon in 1111 CE, the story had mutated so that the living Magdalene had sailed for France (all the more glorious for France), though he recognized that the earlier tradition was still well-known:
A persecution having arisen after the stoning of Stephen proto-martyr, Maximinus, one of the seventy disciples of Christ, crossing to Gaul, took Mary Magdalene with him. Furthermore, he buried her body in the city of Aix, over which he presided. Verily, the city of Aix was despoiled by the Saracens, so the body of Mary herself was transferred by Gerard, count of Burgundy, to the monastery of Vézelay, which had been constructed by him. And yet some people write that this woman rests in Ephesus, having no covering over her. (my trans.)
This is the earliest literary reference to the myth of Mary Magdalene living in France.
Wolter, however, prefers not to deal in primary sources and instead simply accepts later Catholic legendry about Mary’s life in France at face value. He does not, for example, seem aware of the competing (and older) legend that Mary’s bones were removed from Ephesus and taken to Constantinople by Emperor Leo VI. In fact, Wolter takes the very lack of earlier evidence as proof that the Catholic Church is evil, as he told Akins:
What drives me to get this story out is because the factual evidence I’ve seen so far says it is the truth. I also believe the world has been negatively impacted by the financially and spiritually corrupt nature of the Roman Catholic Church. They convey the wrong message of what Jesus and MM [Mary Magdalene] were really teaching; that the individual doesn’t need a human conduit to get to their Creator. They can do it themselves and this is what threatened the power of the Roman Church so they created a different story that became patriarchal and vilified woman. Largely due to 1700 years of their spiritual domination it has thrown the world horribly out of balance, most notably by over-population. I want my descendants to inherit a healthy planet and believe the ship is now beginning to turn around by this truth coming out. I also think the vast majority of people in the world can handle the truth.
Note that Wolter confirms again a point that I made last week in evaluating his views as a classic conspiracy theory: he suggests a millenarian vision whereby his revelation of the real truth about Jesus will contribute to conditions that will cure overpopulation, heal the earth, and create a paradise of gender equality. Millenarianism is one of the key traits that separates the simple advocate of a single unusual belief from the conspiracy theorist. If you obsess over whether the Newport Tower, for example, is a Portuguese cod-smoking facility, you aren’t likely to see this as leading to a spiritual utopia; but if you see anomalous artifacts as part of an interdisciplinary conspiracy tied to deep-seated pagan truths, then you are more likely to view them as stepping stones to the Millennium. Wolter’s vision is more gradualist than apocalyptic, and it resembles the Millennium of pure reason envisioned in the Enlightenment, if reason were replaced with quasi-pagan pantheism.
Wolter also complained again about the “power-tripping, anti-diffusion leaning individuals” who edit Wikipedia, and despite his anger at the online encyclopedia, he also complained that he isn’t cited frequently enough as a source regarding controversial artifacts. He says that in terms of research “the tools I use are the internet and books; lots of books.” The trouble, of course, is that those books aren’t primary sources with original documents but rather fringe history books, as seen from the bibliography and chapter notes in his last book, Akhenaten to the Founding Fathers, which contained virtually no primary sources but dozens of fringe history books and—wait for it—Wikipedia.
4/18/2014 05:45:11 am
Margaret Starbird used the golden legend of Jacobus de Voraigne to bolster the bloodline theory, neglecting the part of the legend that stated Mary Magdalene was married to John
4/18/2014 05:49:48 am
4/18/2014 05:53:22 am
The inhabitants of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in Provence don't seem to accept the bloodline theory
4/18/2014 08:26:13 am
"counts in your opposition"- (in) should be (is)
4/20/2014 06:31:34 pm
You know what? Forget my above comment about Scott editing Wikipedia. I found something that at least partly addresses his complaint about Wikipedia's editors. Check it out:
4/18/2014 08:32:54 am
I'm curious how Wolter's delving deeper into fringe theories and spiritualism (whatever that means) will play out on America Unearthed. Whenever its final season happens, I bet it's going to be weird. And then he'll get another show, maybe a global version of AU.
4/18/2014 08:39:27 am
If it happens, that show will also be "commercially produced for commercial distribution in order to attract a viewing audience to the paid adverts...", nor will it be "of the same character and quality as, say, "NOVA" or "Frontline" ...".
nonRev Gil Photsch
4/18/2014 01:45:43 pm
I resemble that remark!
4/18/2014 11:14:14 am
I wonder how the fringe theories will play out as well. I've probably seen every episode since they show reruns for hours, but I watch for the video of ancient sites and the limited archaeology. I watched half a dozen episodes before I found out, thanks to Jason, that he was covering fringe theories without mentioning the history. I've ignored the few times he's openly discussed secret societies and conspiracy theories, but if every episode is openly "researching" a fringe theory, I probably won't watch, even reruns when there's nothing else on.
4/18/2014 09:18:32 am
Scot seems to be confusing Mary mother of Jesus with Mary Magdeline and the other Mary who washed his feet. They're not the same woman. "Mary, mother of Jesus, Mary Magdeline and the other Mary with to the tomb and found it empty."
4/18/2014 09:30:09 am
"It was all based on a French conspiracy by Picarr who wanted to make himself seem royal "
4/18/2014 09:44:15 am
No, Kal is referring to Jean-Felix Picard, aka Abbé Picard (1620-1682) who was the first to accurately calculate the radius of the Earth
4/18/2014 10:12:11 am
4/18/2014 01:49:48 pm
Good point! I read something this past week that indicated that the three Marys were frequently confused in extra-biblical writings.
4/18/2014 09:23:20 am
I love the idea of Scott Wolter becoming the latest new kid on the block for the conspiracy culture.But there is one major problem for his fans,Scott Wolter is the same person who worked on the Sept.11 Pentagon attack,on behalf of the US government.According to conspiracy buffs rational,Scott is part of the cover up.By the way,I wonder what Scott thinks of the 9/11 conspiracies
4/18/2014 03:39:14 pm
Great angle, Tara.
4/18/2014 08:22:08 pm
4/19/2014 01:03:51 am
Iirc, 'tartuffery' was originally applied toward you(Tara) in an early AU comment thread as a pejorative, then you came to embrace it. My apologies if my memory failed me. I did not intend to mock: t'was meant as a compliment.
4/19/2014 02:41:01 am
No offense taken.This is precisely why I responded with "the pot calling the kettle black".I do not recall who made the original tartuffery statement,but I am confident he is reading us;)
4/19/2014 05:51:43 am
CHARLES II prior to his Restoration spent time in Paris
4/20/2014 08:05:28 am
Bravo, Tara. Nice catch.
Rev. Phil Gotsch
4/18/2014 10:19:11 am
Jesus of Nazareth is a COMPELLING figure … Sooner or later, everyone has to come somehow to terms with Him …
4/18/2014 10:21:18 am
I regard Jesus Christ as a parallel to Superman in DC Comics
4/18/2014 10:38:24 am
Or a superstar...
4/21/2014 02:00:26 am
"Or a superstar..."
4/18/2014 06:57:43 pm
Speaking of France, I know next to nothing about it's contemporary history beyond the fact it's a socialist country now and subject to the self same identity politics as the rest of Europe. Germany has the longest reputation for social democracy that I know of, but that does not rule it out in France either. In such cases, is it anti intellectual of me to wonder if we should be talking about the uses and abuses of axiology?
4/18/2014 09:04:52 pm
Anti-Semitism continues to flourish in France due to the residue of fundamentalist Roman Catholicism that exists in that country - despite the French Revolution, the Concordat, the Age of Reason, the separation of Church from State, and its socialism
4/18/2014 09:07:28 pm
Rene Descartes may have been a champion of reason and rationality but he was still a closet Roman Catholic fundamentalist
4/18/2014 10:35:47 pm
Amazing statement but do you have any evidence to support it?.
4/19/2014 02:04:13 am
French folks are packing into St Sulpice cathedral every Sunday in Paris, every single pew taken. Every single person there would have a negative view of the Jews. Forget about ultra-right wing minority political Catholic groups like Society of St. Pius X when anti-Semitism is mainstream within French Roman Catholicism
4/19/2014 02:36:09 am
"Every single person there would have a negative view of the Jews".
4/19/2014 02:44:17 am
I've heard of Vatican II.
4/19/2014 02:54:31 am
So the fact that there are people who are anti-jewish in France, the rest of Europe, and the State means that all French Roman Catholics are Anti-jewish?
4/19/2014 03:02:50 am
Essay: The 'Radical Traditionalist Catholic' Movement
4/19/2014 03:10:39 am
I am not saying that there are not French Roman Catholics who have negative views towards jews, there are groups of Roman Catholics that have negative views of Jews around the world. These groups of Roman Catholic however do not represent the teachings of the church nor the whole of those who claim to be Roman Catholic.
4/19/2014 03:19:58 am
2/6/2015 05:37:36 am
Can't just contribute so much of anti-Semitism to Catholicism. Don't forget the traditions of Age of Reason, its dark side,its bigotry which is still partially alive today. During this era France was considered the navel of the civilized world, which meant western Europe, with Paris as center. East from German border those were the lands of "barbarians," "half breeds," etc. And also same bigotry was applied toward Jews. The Enlightement made of Jews the perfect Other in its own way, not only the eras before them, and justified, and even encouraged the hate of Jews.
"IN WW2..." -----seyz [jad]
4/19/2014 05:58:15 am
In the Second World War, in the Resistance, there were
lets all try TO resist the urge to leap to conclusions
4/19/2014 06:01:11 am
usually most agitators know how to manipulate the mass media...
4/18/2014 09:14:24 pm
The human mind will forever be a mixed bundle of possibilities. There will always be a university lecturer on anthropology somewhere who believes in alien abductions and in The Da Vinci Code
4/20/2014 08:11:08 am
I wouldn't use the blanket term "conspiracy theorist," since there's no a priori reason to reject any given conspiracy theory save lack of evidence or contradictory evidence. For instance, if the First National Bank is robbed by two or more masked people, I think we're on safe safe ground to posit a conspiracy to rob that bank. Likewise, the conventional explanation of 9/11 is that of a successful terrorist conspiracy masterminded by OBL and carried out by 19 other individuals from Egypt, etc.
4/20/2014 09:02:17 am
In an earlier post, I discussed what I mean by "conspiracy theorist," and for my purposes, I'm referring to what Michael Barkun describes as "conspiracy culture" or "super-conspiracies," which posit vast, nefarious forces that manipulate events at the macro-level. So while you're right that any two or more people can be engaged in a conspiracy, for our purposes we're talking about the "Illuminati control the world" type of super-conspiracy.
4/20/2014 11:09:13 am
Jason - You are correct by saying people who think the Newport Tower is a Cod fish Portuguese smoke house will likely pay little attention to the claims of Scott Wolter who cherry picks items to fit his false claims. He also stated the Kensington rune stone was carved and buried to be found at a later date by linking all the triangle mooring stone holes. He ignores the mechanical wear line that is measurable and indicates the KRS stood upright for over 300 years. He also states The Mystery Stone of New Hampshire is an Indian artifact. If our government had to get Scott Wolter to tell them a jet plain crashed into the Pentagon it is no wonder we can not operate within budget. As a Christian I have little faith in people that distort history for their own gain.
4/20/2014 12:06:22 pm
It's not that the government needed Scott to tell them an airliner crashed into the Pentagon, they just needed available experts to analyze the structural damage to verify the cause, in answer to the birth of conspiracies claiming an inside job or that it was a missile fired by military aircraft. Things got nutty really quickly following 9/11.
Rev. Phil Gotsch
4/20/2014 03:00:27 pm
Scott Wolter's work on the Pentagon concrete post 9-11 was to evaluate the structural integrity of the remaining surrounding areas in order to determine the necessity of greater or lesser repair efforts …
4/20/2014 03:05:52 pm
You have to be kidding - As I read your answer the government needed experts to tell them the difference between an airplane and missile. What a waste of taxpayers money when the home of our military experts has to call on someone that watches the fire truck go to the fire. Who called Who? I also understand his so called degree in geology was in question at the University of Minn. What hard science has he used to claim anything? He or his film company did offer $50,000 dollars for a rock in Kansas City which his so called hard science felt it was Templar related. Thanks to a local student and the property owner this artifact has been academically researched by real experts and now is on file with the state. Was it Scott or the company he represented called and by who? Have you witnessed his personal report on the so called work order he received to perform his hard science testing?
4/20/2014 03:28:38 pm
The following link identifies the testing done and who did it on the effects of the 9/11 attack. (http://failures.wikispaces.com/Pentagon+9-11+Attack)
4/20/2014 03:37:45 pm
No, William, the government already knew it was an airliner that hit the Pentagon.
4/20/2014 04:33:17 pm
Scott Wolter is president of American Petrographic Services, and reports many awards given to his company by ACEC (American Counsel of Engineering Companies) Neither of these organizations are shown on the research conducted on the Pentagon before, during or after the 9/11 attack.
4/20/2014 05:31:32 pm
That's a good question.
An Over-Educated Grunt
4/21/2014 07:02:19 am
I leave for 40 days, and the more things change...
4/20/2014 04:43:48 pm
Only Me, Rev and Tara - What proof do you have that Scott Wolter performed work for the US government on the Pentagon 9/11 attack? Under what name , company or degree was he doing this work?
4/20/2014 05:36:00 pm
Apologies, w, I commented to William before seeing your post. You can look up Scott Wolter Pentagon on Bing, like I did, and you'll find websites that use the basic claim of his work at the Pentagon.
4/21/2014 06:08:56 am
My experience with a large manufacturing company required qualified suppliers The holy grail for determining these were found in The Thomas Register. This included lab work and material testing. Our purchasing department maintained large books that were published each year for reference to the best in class for this requested service. I did not find American Petrographic Services or American Counsel of Engineering Companies in the latest version of this Industrial bible. I did look at your reference identified in much of Scotts claim, however I did not find any support that he claims exist other than his list of references. As for his claim of Hard Science I am not qualified to judge, however my opinion of hard science is likely quite different than his.
4/21/2014 12:27:54 pm
An Over-Educated Grunt - Thanks for your explanation about ACEC and their likely role play in the 9/11 investigation. The following link explains their role and function which leaves out their expertise in scientific testing. I am not condemning this organization, however their goals seem to be more political than forensic. ( http://www.acec.org/advocacy/acec-pac/index.cfm)
4/21/2014 07:25:37 pm
Thank you the feedback,Gentlemen.
An Over-Educated Grunt
4/22/2014 01:29:41 am
A little bit of background, because I can't resist showing off. The Pentagon is actually, from a structural standpoint, a phenomenally built building, built in the heyday of the Corps of Engineers (USACE), when USACE still did their own work rather than farming it out. It was spearheaded by one of the great military engineers of the 20th Century, also a phenomenal ego, named Leslie Groves, who was selected as the lead on the Manhattan Project as a result of his work on the Pentagon.
4/22/2014 02:46:31 am
Scott Wolter states he performed forensic testing, he did not state he was performing structural integrity. Tara is correct in that Scott uses the word forensic to fool the public about his so called work for the US government. An Over Edugated Grunt is also correct in his assumption of what actually happened. The truth is likely not what the function of American Petrographic was if any function at all. Scott also studied a grave stone from Main which created legal issues. He studied two unauthorized stones from a park in NY and removed a chip from a stone in Kansas City let alone the destruction test on the KRS. His movie sponcer America Unearthed stated they had to take 4 film takes because of his irate actions when the two boys in Hawaii said the park took their arrow head.
4/22/2014 05:23:11 am
You know, here in MN strange things can happen, coming from Washington, DC. Consider Ventura's visit by the many "CIA students" or such, who showed up in surprising numbers because they were so intrigued by how the former Navy Seal Hells Angel made Governor. I could have told them: "He fooled the young people." He later let them down on issues of pot and education, if I remember correctly.
4/22/2014 07:25:30 am
Good post Gunn and others on this site. I am sure other people read Jason research and even in some cases say he is out of bounds and should be brought to court for some of his remarks. I also have been threatened by these scare tactics and would gladly see these type of people explain their actions in a court of law.
William, I have to take both Wolter and Colavito with a few grains of salt. My outlook on each one has everything to do with the infamous Kensington Runestone, quite naturally. That is the filter through which I view these two characters in real life.
4/23/2014 10:18:11 am
Gunn - I agree with most of what you say. Somewhere between Wolter and Jason is the truth. I also look at the KRS for what it says and no more or no less, however the exact translation has been modified over time. I feel the KRS has a lot more to say if proper testing and study is focused on the stone and not on theories or speculation. I also like you feel the stone holes will play a big part in the KRS mystery. Their is some work in progress that may clear the air on this subject. This work is to verify the mechanical wear line on the left carved side took mother nature 300 years to make.
Rev. Phil Gotsch
4/23/2014 07:47:54 am
I dunno …
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