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Homo Deus

(Part 11 in the Mystery Babylon Series)

“For 300 years the world has been dominated by humanism, which sanctifies the life, happiness and power of Homo sapiens. The attempt to gain immortality, bliss and divinity merely takes the long-standing humanist ideals to their logical conclusion. It places openly on the table what we have for a long time kept hidden under our napkin. (Harari, Yuval Noah. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (p. 65). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.)

The Return to Eden
You know it seems to me, that we as Christians are often the last to appreciate just how prescient the Bible is when it comes to describing the future of mankind. In the quote above, Yuval Harari, bestselling Israeli professor of history, describes a 300 year old reality that most Christians today are still oblivious to, namely that humanism is, and has been for several centuries now, the hidden force guiding mankind towards the ancient promise of immortality.

If you’ve read the articles in this series on Mystery Babylon then you know I’ve made the case that the seed for this enticingly deceptive religious philosophy, which the Bible calls Mystery Babylon, was planted in the garden of Eden by the serpent (Satan), and that in fact, this ancient promise by Satan was the origin of what we now know as humanism. In Edenic terms, humanism is the idea that mankind can attain godhood by their own efforts and that these efforts are not constrained by the One who created us.

As Mr. Harari proudly admits humanism’s true goal is no longer hidden under the napkin of intellectualism and science, the humanist stands triumphantly, if not prematurely upon the pyramid of human endeavor, proudly proclaiming the death of God and the enthronement of mankind as Homo Deus – god men.

Mr. Harari explains:

Success breeds ambition, and our recent achievements are now pushing humankind to set itself even more daring goals. Having secured unprecedented levels of prosperity, health and harmony, and given our past record and our current values, humanity’s next targets are likely to be immortality, happiness and divinity. (Harari, Yuval Noah. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (pp. 20-21). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.)

While the humanist sees that their long sought after goal of divinity is now within the reach, it would be good to remember that the Bible tells of a similar expectation which was held by our Edenic ancestors when they reached for the same forbidden fruit. The result of their misguided effort condemned mankind to a life of trouble, toil, and eventual death.

Did you know that the apostle Paul talked about this very subject in his epistle to the Romans? Here is how Paul described mankind turning the truth of God into a lie and some of the consequences of those actions. Notice also how Paul reverses the order of this “natural” evolution.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 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 creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. (Romans 1:20-25)

Prettying amazing, don’t you think, that nearly 2000 years before secular humanism and its theory of evolution became the dominate religion of our world, the apostle Paul described the path which leads mankind to this world view. It starts by an unthankfullness towards God and rejection of the evidence for Him in the created world around us. This leads to a blindness and vanity which then leads to the worship of the world around us instead of the One who created that amazing world. The natural evolution of this line of reasoning then sees mankind as pinnacle of this natural world.

Not only did the Bible tell us that Satan deceived mankind with the promise of humanist enlightenment but the Bible also follows that thread of deception as it traces its destructive path through the Biblical ages. In Babel, that humanist pride and rebellion took the form of a tower, whose top they hoped (physically or symbolically) might reach to heaven (the dwelling place of God). Centuries later another king of Babylon stood atop a palace built on ruins of ancient Babel and proudly declared the greatness of his efforts in rebuilding that ancient city.

But the Bible doesn’t just tell the past history of Satan’s enticing lie which mankind has nurtured through the millennia, but it tells us of a day when Satan’s original lie will be resurrected in its final form – Homo Deus. As you read these words, keep in mind the future context Paul is describing here, that period of time just preceding the 2nd coming of Yeshua.

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity [lawlessness] doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: [see Roman’s 1:20-25 above] That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12)

In this series of articles on Mystery Babylon we’ve looked at one of the most influential faces of Mystery Babylon and its religion of humanism, namely Freemasonry. In the articles Conspiracies of the Harlot and Symbols of the Harlot we’ve seen the symbols and actions of Freemasonry and how they have profoundly influenced the course of American history.

One last time I’d like to use the symbols of Freemasonry to illustrate how the humanist sees religious faiths other than its own. Consider the following picture.
This picture shows an altar which sitting in the Temple Chamber at the center of the House of the Temple. As we learned in Symbols of the Harlot this temple is built upon a piece of land which symbolically portrays Masonry as the capstone of the most powerful city that has ever existed in the history of the world, namely Washington D.C. On the crown molding surrounding this Temple Chamber are the words:

“From the outer darkness of ignorance through the shadows of our earth life winds the beautiful path of initiation unto the divine light of the holy altar.”

 

 

As you can see from the picture, on that black marble altar rests four books. These books represent four of the main religious faiths of this world. The books are: the Holy Bible, the Jewish Torah, the Koran, and the Hindu Bhagavad Gita.
Inscribed around the altar are the words:

FROM THE LIGHT OF THE DIVINE WORD, THE LOGOS, COMES THE WISDOM OF LIFE AND THE GOAL OF INITIATION.

In other words, according to the humanist philosophy of Freemasonry all faiths eventually lead to the enlightenment of mankind and the goal of Initiation, that is: the deification of man – Homo Deus. So next time someone tells you that all religious paths lead to god (man as god) I hope you’ll understand what the humanists are really saying. To drive this point home, once again here are a few quotes from influential Masons describing their humanist world view:

“The dunces [apostles] who led primitive Christianity astray, by substituting faith for science, reverie for experience, the fantastic for reality… have succeeded in shrouding in darkness the ancient discoveries of the human mind.” (33 degree Freemason Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma p. 732)

Masonry directs us to divest ourselves of confined and bigoted notions [Christianity], and teaches us, that Humanity is the soul of Religion. We never suffer any religious disputes in our Lodges, and, as Masons, we only pursue the universal religion, the Religion, of Nature. (William J. Hutchinson (1732-1814) Mastor of the Concord Masonic Lodge.)

“The only personal god Freemasonry accepts is humanity in total. God, the Great Architect of the Universe, personifies himself through man. Humanity, therefore, is the only personal god there is.” (Mystic Masonry, by 33 degree Freemason Dr. J. D. Buck (1838-1916)

“Freemasonry has taught each man can, by himself work out his own conception of God and thereby achieve salvation” (Freemasonry: Its Aims and Ideals by J. S. M. Ward, p. 187)

“The keynote of Masonic religious thinking is naturalism which sees all life and thought as ever developing and evolutionary…The Bible is not today what it once was. Current higher criticism has made obsolete the idea that the Bible is a unique revelation of supernatural truth.” (Fisher, p.57) (33rd degree Mason Leonard A. Wenz who wrote for Freemasonry’s New Age magazine in February, 1968.)

“Man is God in the making” (33 degree Freemason Manley P. Hall, Lost Keys of Freemasonry p. 92)

In light of these quotes once more consider the words of the apostle Paul as he describes the anti-Christ and his religious world view in the period of time leading up to the return of Yeshua.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
(2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)

God is Dead – Long Live Homo Deus!
How many of you remember The Lost Symbol written by Dan Brown? Towards the end of the movie Peter Langdon (the hero) learns that masonry believes the Bible is really an allegory that provides hidden instructions for the deification of mankind. It should come as little surprise then that the final scenes in The Lost Symbol takes place in the Temple Room of the Masonic House of the Temple in Washington, D.C., where that deification of mankind is symbolized. (pictured above)

Now Dan Brown is out with a new book which takes his series to its logical conclusion asking the rhetorical question, “Will God survive science?” At a recent promotional event for his latest book Origin, Mr. Brown made some rather interesting comments which illustrate the zealousness with which he has become an evangelist for the humanist world view:

“Christianity, Judaism and Islam all share a gospel, loosely, and it’s important that we all realise that,” he said. “Our religions are much more similar than they are different.” – Dan Brown (https://www.yahoo.com/news/collective-consciousness-replace-god-author-dan-brown-120033225.html)

“We will start to find our spiritual experiences through our interconnections with each other,”… “some form of global consciousness that we perceive and that becomes our divine”.

“Our need for that exterior god, that sits up there and judges us … will diminish and eventually disappear.” – Dan Brown (https://www.yahoo.com/news/collective-consciousness-replace-god-author-dan-brown-120033225.html)

 

Pretty bold statement don’t you think? Unfortunately Mr. Brown is not the exception but rather one of many making these claims which take humanism to its natural conclusion. This enticing religious world views is taking the world by storm right now and it should not be ignored.

By the way, how many of you noticed the symbol of the Harlot on the cover of Mr. Browns book? If you’ve read the articles in the series you should recognize its Edenic origins. (excuse the pun)

As a final quote consider Professor Harari’s rather sobering view of the subject:

How about radical Islam, then? Or fundamentalist Christianity, messianic Judaism or revivalist Hinduism? Whereas the Chinese don’t know what they believe, religious fundamentalists know only too well. More than a century after Nietzsche pronounced Him dead, God seems to be making a comeback.

But this is a mirage. God is dead – it’s just taking a while to get rid of the body. (Harari, Yuval Noah. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (p. 268). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.)

And every technical problem has a technical solution. We don’t need to wait for the Second Coming in order to overcome death. A couple of geeks in a lab can do it. If traditionally death was the specialty of priests and theologians, now the engineers are taking over. (Harari, Yuval Noah. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (p23). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.)

Battle of the Gods
In this series I hope I’ve given you a Biblical foundation to better understand the religion of Mystery Babylon and Satan’s plan to usurp YHWH’s authority on this earth. Humanism, the mother of all religious harlotry, has come to maturity in our generation. Mankind is convinced that immortality lies within our grasp and that God is either dead or no longer relevant to our plans.

Do you realize what this means? It means that our generation will likely witness the resolution of these two divergent paths. Humanism, its god Homo Deus, and its agent Satan, are on a collision course with YHWH, the living God of the Bible and His redemptive plan for mankind through Yeshua. The Bible has predicted these events and their resolution thousands of years ago.

As this Biblical drama unfolds I implore you not to be distracted by well-meaning but misguided efforts to identity Mystery Babylon with one of its many sectarian daughters. If you are looking for an Islamic, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, or Atheist Antichrist you are going to be blindsided by the conspiracy of Satan as revealed in Homo Deus.

No matter how seductive the humanist promise of divinity becomes over the next few years, I encourage each of you to stand fast in the promises of YHWH’s word. We are so close to the finish line, don’t sacrifice your victory in Yeshua, for a 6000 year old lie.

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. (Romans 13:11-12) 

The Mystery Babylon Series
Part 1 The Mother of Harlots
Part 2 The Religion of the Harlot
Part 3  Babylon and the Harlot
Part 4 Conspiracies of the Harlot – Part I
Part 5 Conspiracies of the Harlot – Part II
Part 6 Symbols of the Harlot – Part I
Part 7 Symbols of the Harlot – Part II 
Part 8 Symbols of the Harlot – Part III
Part 9 Symbols of the Harlot – Part IV
Part 10 Symbols of the Harlot – Part V
Part 11 Homo Deus

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Symbols of the Harlot – Part IV

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Nearly everyone recognizes the images reproduced in this week’s blog post. In fact, nearly every American citizen and a great many citizens of the world have held a version of these famous American symbols in their hand over the course of their life.

To some the symbol on the left represents (among other things) the benevolence and watchfulness of God over the founding of our new nation. To others, especially over the past century, the symbol has become tangible evidence of some grand conspiracy originated by our founding fathers.

As with many versions of history, the truth is sometimes more complicated and fascinating than either side is often willing to admit. Today, let’s explore the Great Seal of the United States, that famous symbol of patriots and conspiracy theorists.

The Great Seal, like few other American symbols, represents the complexity, intrigue, and world views of America’s founders and the people they had the responsibility of governing. I think you’ll be surprised at how some of our founding fathers saw the symbolism of the Great Seal, but even more intriguingly, how one of the 19th and 20th century’s most influential secret societies has used this symbolism to exemplify their world view and goals for the new American republic.

The First Committee
Our story begins in the afternoon of July 4, 1776 shortly after members of the Continental Congress declared American Independence. On that auspicious day the Congress passed a resolution empowering a committee composed of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson to prepare a “device for a seal of the United States of America”.

This seal was to be the official device or coat of arms, so to speak, of the new United States of America which would be used to mark all official documents. As such, the founders wanted its symbolism to represent the people’s vision for the new nation.

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To help with the first design, the committee engaged the help of the naturalist and artist Pierre Eugene du Simitiere. Simitiere was a fellow member of Benjamin Franklin’s American Philosophical Society, originally known as the Junto (joined) aka, The Leather Apron Club. The name Leather Apron Club likely originated because many members of the club were tradesmen who wore leather aprons or because many of its members were also Freemasons who were known for their ceremonial leather aprons.

In fact, George Washington and Marquis de Lafayette were both members of APS. According to Masonic legend in 1784, while visiting Mount Vernon, Lafayette (who was also a Freemason) presented the above Masonic apron to George Washington.

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In any case, Simitiere was brought in for his skills as an artist. Simitiere presented the committee with the following drawing for the obverse of the seal. There are several fascinating aspects to this seal which should be noted because they help us understand Simitiere’s and by extension the committee’s world view at the time.

First, the six symbols in the center of the shield represent the principle nations from which America was born. They were: England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, and Holland. The motto below the shield read E PLURIBUS UNUM, which was a Latin phrase that meant One Out of Many. Both the shield and the motto convey the old European (Roman) origins of the American people.

On the left side of the shield the goddess Liberty is represented holding a spear or staff with a pileus (Phrygian) cap. Liberty or Libertas, as she was known to the Romans, was the goddess they enshrined when they overthrew the monarchy of the Tarquin kings and established the Roman republic. In 238 BC a temple on Aventine Hill was built to honor the goddess Libertas.

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Today, one of the most famous examples of the goddess Libertas is found on Liberty Island in New York City. You and I know the goddess Libertas as the Statue of Liberty or her more formal title Liberty Enlightening the World. The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French to the American people. The statue was designed by the French Freemason sculptor, Frederic Bartholdi.

In Simitiere’s design for the seal, Libertas, in her right hand, is holding a spear or staff with a pileus (Phrygian) cap. In the late Roman republic this cap was a symbol of the return to Roman republicanism. Wikipedia explains:

From Phrygian to liberty cap
In late Republican Rome, a soft felt cap called the pileus served as a symbol of freemen (i.e. non-slaves), and was symbolically given to slaves upon manumission, thereby granting them not only their personal liberty, but also libertas— freedom as citizens, with the right to vote (if male). Following the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC, Brutus and his co-conspirators instrumentalized this symbolism of the pileus to signify the end of Caesar’s dictatorship and a return to the (Roman) republican system.[2]

These Roman associations of the pileus with liberty and republicanism were carried forward to the 18th-century, when the pileus was confused with the Phrygian cap, with the Phrygian cap then becoming a symbol of those values. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phrygian_cap)

On the right side of the shield is an American rifleman with a tomahawk. Here the symbolism speaks for itself.

Finally, at the top of the proposed seal we have the most intriguing symbol of them all. Above the shield is a triangle with an eye at its center with rays of radiance surrounding it. The most common interpretation of this symbol is that it represents Divine Providence bestowing His blessing and/or protection on the new American republic. On the other side, are those who claim this eye in a triangle is the symbol of the Illuminati.

Let’s put the conspiracy theory to rest right up front. There is no credible historical evidence to show that the eye and the triangle was the symbol of the Illuminati. What we do know about the Illuminati is that they marked their communications with the symbol of a point within the circle. Although the point within the circle has a similar symbolic meaning to the open eye, the two symbols are not the same.

To find an 18th century contemporary example of a triangle with the eye of providence inside we must look to French Freemasonry. In France the Grande Orient Lodge was founded in 1728 and one of its most prominent symbols is the All Seeing Eye as represented by their seal in the picture on the right. Note also the date on the Grande Orient seal. If you remember from our previous article, Masonry used Anno Lucis (year of the light) to date many of their official documents.

At some point after 5728 (1728) French Freemasonry started placing the All Seeing Eye inside a triangle. Interestingly, this French Grande Orient Lodge document (below) dated to the year 5775 (1775) shows only a point within the triangle surrounded by the glory cloud. Towards the late 18th century the All-Seeing Eye became much more prominent in French Grande Orient Freemasonic symbolism.

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But that is not the entire story. Long before the symbol was appropriated by Freemasonry it was used in devices and buildings of the Holy Roman Empire. One of the first known examples of a triangle with a glory cloud (though missing the “eye of providence”) is found in Aachen cathedral built
(796-805 AD) by Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor.

Another example is found on this coin honoring the coronation of Holy Roman Emperor Joseph I dated to 1687 AD. This time the triangle with the glory cloud includes the “eye of providence”. Both of these examples appear in a religious context outside of Freemasonry and their view of God and mankind. If these symbols, as they were used during the Holy Roman Empire, had a deeper occult meaning, I would need more evidence for such symbolism than I’ve been able to find. 

Finally, it should also be noted that the symbol of a triangle with a point at its center is found on ancient Roman coinage honoring among others the god Seraphis. Here are a few examples from Roman coinage showing Thracian and Roman temples.

 

 

 


Freemasonry and the All Seeing Eye

It seems that when the Freemasonry appropriated the symbol of the All-Seeing Eye inside the triangle, the Catholic Church stopped using it. As is well documented in history, the Catholic Church and Freemasonry have long had animosity for each other as well as distinctly different views on religion. Whatever its symbolism was meant to be, when the Continental Congress appropriated this symbol, it was not being used as a Christian symbol at that time, but rather Masonic.

But this is where the story gets really interesting. When the Great Seal of the United States was under review by the committee, America was in the midst of the Revolutionary War. Historically we know that the new American republic was in desperate need of financial and military aid in its early years. To help secure that aid, Benjamin Franklin was dispatched to France as ambassador, serving from 1776 to 1785. As is well documented, Franklin was a member of both United States and French Masonic lodges.

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It cannot be a coincidence (our founders were not that naive) that as part of the first committee’s design for the Great Seal, a symbol was used which would have had special appeal to French Freemasonry. The further beauty of the symbol would have been that the Great Seal committee could also legitimately claim “Christian” origins in the Holy Roman Empire, again emphasizing the Roman aspect of the Great Seal’s design.

Clever politics indeed!

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But that was just the obverse side of the Great Seal. On the reverse side of the seal Franklin’s proposal of the children of Israel crossing the Red Sea was used (with some changes by Jefferson) and the motto included “Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God”.

I think it is important to note here that this initial design of the Great Seal gives us a unique glimpse into the minds of three of America’s most influential founders. They saw America, first of all, as a new republic patterned after ancient Rome, where its citizens were justified in overthrowing tyrannically monarchal rule just as the ancient Roman’s had done.

One side of the Seal represents the Roman goddess Liberty and her commission to lead the ancient Romans in rebellion against monarchal rule. On the other side of the seal, the Hebrew god of the Bible (represented by the glory cloud) and His mandate to escape the tyrannical rule of Egypt’s Pharoah. Although both sides of the Seal are powerful metaphors for the American Revolution, I think it is only fair to say that neither side represents true Christian imagery.

Rejected
Even the best laid plans though don’t always work out. And in August of 1776 the committee presented Du Simitiere’s rendering of the design to the Continental Congress. The committee’s hard work was clearly not appreciated by a majority of Congress and the design was tabled, thus effectively killing it.

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The Second Committee
Four years later in 1780, another attempt was made to address the lack of an official American seal. By now, the need was rather pressing.

A new committee was established consisting of John Morin Scott, William Churchill, and James Lowell. This time the services of Francis Hopkinson were acquired to help design the seal.

Hopkinson came up with two designs as seen above left. This seal kept the goddess Liberty and her pileus cap but added a glory cloud to the cap. Also kept from the original design was the glory cloud over the shield. Roman numerals for the date were also added. This design was also rejected by Congress.

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The Third Committee
Two years later another attempt was made to design a seal for the United States. The committee consisted of John Rutledge, Arthur Middleton, and Elias Boudinot. Sometime later Arthur Lee replaced John Rutledge. This committee also acquired the services of an artist, this time the heraldic expert William Barton.

Barton’s design still incorporated Libertas but without her pileus cap. The cap was moved to the bust on top of the shield. The shield was moved to the obverse side of the seal and a burning torch with a phoenix or eagle was added. A phoenix was also added above the shield. Once again this design expressed the symbolism of Ancient Rome and the quest for renewed Roman republicanism. The phoenix (the rebirth of the republic) was the central symbol of the obverse side of the shield.

On the reverse side Hopkinson added a pyramid of 13 levels over which the “eye of providence” looked. Here the Roman words Deo Favente (God favors) and Perennis (everlasting) were written. Clearly the symbolism here was meant to emphasis the view that the 13 colonies rebellion against British rule was a God ordained enterprise which they hoped/believed would include his everlasting favor. Interestingly, Hopkinson borrowed the pyramid design from the $50 continental note which he had designed in 1778.

Charles Thomson – A Committee of One
The third committee’s design was met with little enthusiasm in Congress and it too was rejected. After this Charles Thomson, Secretary of the Continental Congress, was empowered to take all previous committee’s works and come up with a design. The design we have today comes from the fertile mind of this American founding father.

To better understand the symbolism expressed by Thomson’s seal, a few details about him need to be shared. Thomson could arguably be considered one of the most influential founding fathers due to his service as the Secretary of the Continental Congress for its entirety. Like few others, Thomson understood the intrigue, complexities, and challenges the key players faced in the formation of our new nation. He was there to record them all. Thomson was also a member of Franklin’s American Philosophical Society and as such, he was on the cutting edge of early American enlightenment thought.

Thomson was also a Biblical scholar in his own right. He gave the world the first English translation of the Septuagint as well as the first American English translation of the New Testament. These facts combine to give Charles Thomson a unique insight into the formation of this nation as well as a peculiar world view which he then incorporated into the Great Seal of the United States.

Thomson didn’t waste any time in coming up with a design for the Great Seal. On June 13, 1782, Thomson was given the responsibility of coming up with a design. By June 20, 1782 he submitted his design and it was accepted the same day. Now that is efficiency!

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Unique Symbolism
Now that we’ve seen the three committee’s designs and the evolution of these designs we are in a good position to understand how each influenced Thomson’s final design.

What strikes me in looking at all three of the initial Great Seal designs, is their underlying thread emphasizing Roman origins. It is fascinating that our founders saw the new American enterprise as a sort of a revived Roman republic. Thomson kept this idea and amplified it in several clever ways.

On the obverse, of the Great Seal, Thomson used the Roman eagle (sacred bird of the Roman God Jupiter) as the primary motif. In the beak of the eagle is the 13 letter motto, “E Pluribus Unum” (one out of many). Remember this original motto, written in Latin (the language of ancient Rome) graced the first committee’s design below the shield showing the European (Roman) origins of the 13 colonies. Thomson set the new shield in the center of the Roman eagle where he then represented the 13 colonies by red and white stripes.

On the reverse side of the Seal, Thomson included two more Latin phrases which again emphasize the symbolism of ancient Roman. Interestingly, Thomson was a former Latin teacher and the phrase, Novus Ordo Seclorum (A New Order of the Ages) was believed to be inspired by the Roman poet Virgil’s pastoral poem, Eclogue IV. In the poem the priestess Sybill prophesies the fate of the Roman empire. The following translation comes from C.S. Calverley:

Come are those last days that the Sybil sang:
The ages’ mighty march begins anew.
Now come the virgin, Saturn reigns again:
Now from high heaven descends a wondrous race.
Thou on the newborn babe – who first shall end
That age of iron, bid a golden dawn. . .

Thou, trampling out what prints our crimes have left,
Shalt free the nations from perpetual fear.
While he to bliss shall waken; with the Blest
See the Brave mingling, and be seen of them,
Ruling that world o’er which his father’s arm shed peace.

Annuit Coeptis
Annuit Coeptis (favor our undertakings) written above the “eye of providence” is then translated, (using words and symbolism) “Providence has favored our undertaking”. Interestingly, Annuit Coeptis may also be traced to Virgil, this according to the authors Patterson and Dougall, Virgil’s Aeneid, book IX, line 62. The Latin phrase comes from a prayer to the Roman god Jupiter by Ascanius, the hero of the story, just before he slays his enemy, Numanus. It reads, Iuppiter omnipotens, audacibus adnue coeptis,

“Jupiter Almighty, favor [my] bold undertakings”.

I think it important to note here, that even though most of our founding fathers understood the importance of Judeo-Christian principles, they clearly had a rather open minded view of Divine Providence. The early Seal designs shows that many of them were comfortable with both a Hebrew god and the Roman gods and goddess as represented in those designs.

The Pyramid and the Eye
This brings us to the part of the US Seal that has captivated imaginations for nearly 250 years. Thomson took the original eye in the triangle and placed it over Hopkinson’s 13 level pyramid. This modified the original symbolism of an unfinished work of 13 levels and completed it with a representation of “Divine Providence” in a radiant triangle (the point in the circle of Ancient Roman temples, The All Seeing eye of the Holy Roman Empire, French Freemasonry, etc.). As we’ve seen in our exploration of this subject, this representation of the divine presence was likely not meant to be representative of an exclusively Biblical world view. In the spirit of religious inclusiveness demonstrated by ancient Rome, the Great Seal of the United States allows the individual to choose the god they wish to see.

Even so, the context of the Seal leaves open several possible symbolic explanations worth exploring:

1. The first that stands out is the capstone implies a future completed work under the supervision of divine providence. In other words, this new nation, which started with 13 colonies (13 level pyramid), will someday reach a completed and eternal state under god’s supervision (the capstone). Sort of an early American kingdom identity movement, if you will.
2. Another possibility is that Thomson, like the first committee, may have tried to acknowledge the influential role French Freemasonry played in the founding of our new republic. Credit has been given to many people for the first tentative steps taken by our new nation but without Benjamin Franklin and his influential connections to French Freemasonry, we may well have lost the Revolutionary War against the British Empire.
3. Finally, I can’t help but mention what might possibly be the only possible Christian symbolism expressed by the Great Seal of the United States. As I’ve already explained, Thomson had a considerable knowledge of the Bible. Remember, he was the first person to translate the Septuagint into English, and he also gave the world the first American English translation of the New Testament. As such, we must at least consider the possibility that his design may have had another deeper meaning as well.

If you’ve been a regular reader of this blog or if you’ve read my book The 13th Enumeration, then you are aware of the Messianic significance of 13 & 14 in the Bible. For those who aren’t aware, I’ll briefly explain and then show why this may be relevant to the Great Seal.

In the Matthew 1 we have one of the most controversial lineages in the Bible. This lineage tells of Yeshua’s (Jesus) ancestors. What’s fascinating about this list is, that Matthew describes it as three groups of 14 generations. Yet, when the actual names are counted, Matthew only provides 41 names or 14 + 14 +13. This in effect makes Yeshua the 13th generation or what I call the 13th Enumeration of Matthew 1. What is so special about this list is, that by Yeshua’s death and resurrection He became the de facto 14th generation thus completing the list. Then just like king David who is the 14th generation in the first 14 generational grouping, Yeshua became the 14th generation in the third generational grouping. Consider the prophetic words the angel gave to Mary the mother of Yeshua:

And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS [Yeshua = YHWH’s Salvation]. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: (Luke 1:31-32)

Now consider another aspect of Biblical symbolism related to the Messiah Yeshua. Can you tell me what symbol Yeshua most often used to describe Himself? If you are thinking of a cross you’d be incorrect. The symbol Yeshua most often used to describe himself was a rejected “stone” which was the “head of the corner”.

And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner: This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? (Mark 12:10-11)

Did you know that Yeshua was quoting Psalms 118:21-23?

I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation [yeshuw’ah]. The stone which the builders refused is become the head [rosh = head, top, summit] stone of the corner [pinnah] This is the YHWH’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. (Psalm 118:21-23)

If you had to describe the head, top, or summit stone of a corner, what geometric shape most literally fulfills such a description? Before you answer that question, consider Paul’s description of Yeshua as it relates to believers being a habitation of God.

And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:20-22)

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Unfortunately, today many believers see Yeshua as prominent but still just one of many corner stones of a building such as the one pictured on the right. Yet, in Ephesians 2:20 and Psalms 118 the image implied is one of a corner stone which is the head or summit under which all the building is “fitly framed together”.

In other words the only geometric figure which aptly satisfies the symbolism of the prophecy of Psalms 118 and the description found in Ephesians 2:20 is in fact a capstone of a pyramid or the headstone under which all the corners of the building are gathered. Yeshua is the completed work, He is the stone which was rejected by the builders, yet who becomes the Head or Summit of the temple of God.

This symbolism is so important to understand because the adversary had done his work well. Many Christians today see Yeshua as just one of many cornerstones. Yet, today secular humanists picture mankind as the evolutionary capstone of this material world. We’ve replaced the Biblical symbolism of Yeshua as the headstone with mankind as the headstone. If you’ve read all the articles in this series on Mystery Babylon, the idea that mankind is evolving into gods is the very essence of the lie the serpent first told our ancestors in the Eden. Humanism is the religious basis of Babylon.

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Allusions of Messianism
Now let’s get back to Thomson’s design on the reverse of the Great Seal. By placing the triangle with the eye inside on top of the 13 level pyramid, Thomson change the symbol from a two dimensional triangle to a three dimensional capstone.

It seems uncanny to me that Thomson would present a design on our Great Seal, which so closely parallels the Old and New Testament symbolism of Yeshua, the human son of Mary – the 13th generation, and Yeshua the divine man, the risen Savior – the 14th generation who will rule the world from the throne of David.

So was it intentional? Was Thomson the Biblical scholar trying to subtly compare the new American republic with prophetic messianic symbolism of Yeshua as the 13th and 14th generation found in the Bible? Or was a deeper spiritual dimension at work?

We’ll probably never have a totally satisfactory answer to that question but it is worthy of consideration. As you’ve probably noted I’ve made no claim that Charles Thomson was a member of Freemasonry, there simply is no credible evidence to suggest that, yet the symbolism of the reverse side of the Great Seal captures the masonry’s world view that we’ve explored in the past several blog posts. Masonry views the United States as a secular humanist utopian work in progress. A work which they believe has been under their supervision from the very beginning.

YHWH willing, in my next post on Symbols of the Harlot (Part V), I’ll tie it all together and share with you some little known American history which shows indisputably that Masonry has long had a guiding plan for the new American Republic, one that they are no longer are trying to keep secret, and a plan that is ultimately in opposition to a Biblical world view.

The Great Seal
In summary then, after all the complex symbolism and history of the Great Seal is considered in context, it becomes apparent that some of our founding fathers saw the new American experiment as a revived Roman Republic whose founding was blessed and justified by both Roman and Hebrew gods. Further, that this new republic was a divine enterprise which would result in a new and possibly eternal order of the ages.

In preparation for the final article in this series, I leave you with a quote attributed to Mackey’s Masonic dictionary concerning the the AllSeeing Eye. Keep these words in mind  because as you will see (excuse the pun) they have great relevance to Masonry’s influence on America’s adventure in Roman republicanism.

The All-Seeing Eye may have denoted the Divine omniscience. Also, it may have symbolized any one or more of some five or six other truths or ideas. It may have denoted the sun originally, as it came up at dawn – it had been thus used by Shakespeare and many other writers. It may have meant the Grand Master or the worshipful Master, and been a reminder of the fact that wherever a man is and in whatever he may be doing he continues to be a Mason, and the eye of the Craft is on him. It may have stood for enlightenment, wisdom, intelligence ; and it may have been the Tracing Board representation of the Blazing Star in the Tessellated Pavement, in which case it was again the sun, or day-star, which shines on through day and night. (Masonicdictionary.com/eye1.html attributed to Mackey’s masonic dictionary.)

For those interested here are a few more examples of 18th & 19th century French Masonic (jeton) metals showing the symbolism of the All-seeing Eye and the triangle. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mystery Babylon Series
Part I  The Mother of Harlots
Part II The Religion of the Harlot
Part III  Babylon and the Harlot
Part IV Conspiracies of the Harlot – Part I
Part V Conspiracies of the Harlot – Part II
Part VI Symbols of the Harlot – Part I

Part VII Symbols of the Harlot – Part II 
Part VIII Symbols of the Harlot – Part III

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Symbols of the Harlot – Part III

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I’ve got a challenge for you. How many of you can tell me where the painting headlined in this week’s blog post is found, the name of the man in the purple robes, and the meaning of the painting? I’ll give you a hint. The theme of the painting expresses some of the same symbolism as my last blog post Symbols of the Harlot – Part II.

Before I tell you who and what the painting is about, the history surrounding the painting’s location is another fantastic example of the adage that truth is often stranger than fiction.

Our adventure begins in roughly 509 BC on Capitoline Hill in ancient Rome. That hill, one of ancient Rome’s famous seven hills, was the site of a temple built to honor the Roman god Jupiter. Jupiter, it turns out, was the Roman sky god. Wikipedia provides an enlightening description of this Roman deity:

Jupiter is usually thought to have originated as a sky god. His identifying implement is the thunderbolt and his primary sacred animal is the eagle,[2] which held precedence over other birds in the tking of auspices[3] and became one of the most common symbols of the Roman army (see Aquila). The two emblems were often combined to represent the god in the form of an eagle holding in its claws a thunderbolt, frequently seen on Greek and Roman coins.[4]

As the sky-god, he was a divine witness to oaths, the sacred trust on which justice and good government depend. Many of his functions were focused on the Capitoline Hill, where the citadel was located. He was the chief deity of the early Capitoline Triad with Mars and Quirinus.[5] In the later Capitoline Triad, he was the central guardian of the state with Juno and Minerva. His sacred tree was the oak. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jupiter_(mythology))

Did you know that this bit of ancient history is where we get our English word “capital”? The site word-detective.com fills in a few more details.

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The ultimate root of both “capital” and “capitol” is, as you note, the Latin “caput,” meaning “head.” “Capitol” with an “o” first appeared in English in the 14th century, derived directly from the Latin word “capitolium” (a derivative of “caput”) which dates all the way back to the Roman Empire.

The Capitolium was the most important temple in Imperial Rome, dedicated to Jupiter Optimus Maximus (the patron god of the Roman Empire) and located at the summit of the Capitoline Hill. While Jupiter was definitely the “head deity” in town, the temple took its name from its location at the top, or “head,” of the hill.

When “capitol” entered English, it was used both in reference to the original Capitolium in Ancient Rome and, more generally, any citadel, castle, etc., at the “head” of a hill. The use of “capitol” to mean a legislative building is an American invention, most likely tied to our historic fondness for Roman architecture in such buildings. “Capitol” was first applied to the legislative chambers in Washington, D.C., by Thomas Jefferson in 1793. (http://www.word-detective.com/2009/03/capitalcapitol/)

Here is where the story gets nearly unbelievable. You see, nearly 2100 years after ancient Rome honored their god Jupiter with a temple on their Capitoline Hill, a devote Catholic named Francis Pope in the mid 1660’s purchased a piece of land in southern Maryland. Maybe because he had a great sense of humor or for some other reason, no one really knows why, but Mr. Pope named a hill on that piece of land, Rome and a stream running through the property which had been named Goose Creek he renamed the Tiber.

Nearly 130 years later, in 1793, Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State under George Washington renamed Francis Pope’s Rome Hill which in Jefferson’s day was called Jenkins Hill. Wikipedia once again provides the fascinating details:

While serving in 1793 as President George Washington’s Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson named Capitol Hill, invoking the famous Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus on the Capitoline Hill, one of the seven hills of Rome.[4] However, the connection between the two is not completely clear.

Maybe Jefferson knew the history of Rome Hill or maybe he was just conjuring nostalgia of the ancient Roman republic, in any case the name Capitol Hill stuck. And just in case you think I’m pulling your leg with some urban legend the following poem was written by the Irish poet Thomas Moore after visiting Washington, D.C., in 1804.

In fancy, now, beneath the twilight gloom,
Come, let me lead thee o’er the second Rome
Where tribunes rule, where dusky Davi bow,
And what was Goose creek once is Tiber now;
This embryo Capital, where fancy sees
Squares in morasses, oblelisks in trees
Which second-sighted seers, even now adorn
With shrines unbuilt and heroes yet unborn.

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By now some of you are probably wondering what this history has to do with the painting at the beginning of this blog post. The reason I shared this bit of unusual history is that it provides a fascinating and what can only be described as a strangely congruent context to the painting. You see, in 1865, seventy two years after George Washington and his Masonic brethren laid the cornerstone of our nation’s Capital on Rome hill, the Greek-Italian artist Constantino Brumidi completed the fresco he was commissioned to paint in the dome of the United States Capitol building on Capitol Hill.

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The fresco depicts the apotheosis of George Washington, or in other words the painting represents the deification of our nation’s first president. In the painting Washington is sitting in purple robs between the Goddess Victoria and Liberty with the sun at his back (a point within a circle). Surrounding the sun are 13 maidens which are said to represent the original 13 colonies of the early republic.

It is rather ironic really that George Washington’s apotheosis was depicted in the nation’s capital. If he could, he’d likely be rolling over in his grave at the thought. This was a man so concerned with ensuring that our nation be run as a represented republic that he turned down a request to serve a third term as president, yet here just a generation later he is being depicted as our nation’s first god

I don’t know if paradoxical is the right word, but consider the facts of the matter. George Washington, a man who wouldn’t even consider a third term as president, because he wanted to ensure that no single man became too powerful in the new republic (as opposed to the former Roman republic), is depicted as a god, in a building named after a temple dedicated to Rome’s premier god (Jupiter), a building which he helped dedicate with a cornerstone dated to the Masonic year Anno Lucis 5793 (year of the light), this dedication taking place on a hill once named Rome by a devote Roman Catholic, named Francis Pope.

Stranger than fiction indeed!

There were several reasons I shared this history with you. (Besides the fact that it was fascinating). The apotheosis of Washington is another example of the humanist belief in the deification of man outside YHWH’s reconciliation provided by Yeshua. That George Washington was used as the subject of this apotheosis is just a clever way for Constantino Brumidi to disguise a bit of ancient paganism with a cloak of Washingtonian respectability. As discussed in the last article, the Washington Monument was another example of such a clever disguise.

If you are thinking this a bit too much to be a coincidence then consider the words of Albert Pike as quoted by Charles S. Lobinger, in the History of the Supreme Council of the Southern Jurisdiction [Freemasonry]p. 244 )

“Masons do not build monuments to [George] Washington, and plume themselves on the fact that he was a Mason merely on account of his Masonic virtues. It is because his civic reputation sheds glory upon the Order.”

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So there you have it. Washington’s name wasn’t used in these iconic American monuments only because of his Masonic qualifications, but rather he had such a great reputation that it conferred respectability upon the Masonic order and their underlying religious beliefs. That this clever deception worked is evidence by the fact that today, many intelligent and well-meaning Christians consider monuments such as the Washington Monument or paintings such as the Apotheosis of Washington evidence of our nation’s Christian heritage, when in fact these examples provide a sobering counterbalance to those claims.

Today there are two extremes when looking our nation’s founding and men and women involved in it. One side claims America was founded as an entirely Christian nation by men and women with strong Christian beliefs. The other side claims most of those same men and women were Deists, Gnostics, and Atheists who only paid lip service to Christianity out of political expediency because Christianity, in one form or another, was the predominate religion of America’s early settlers.

The truth of the matter is that our history is a lot more complicated than that. George Washington for example, was profoundly aware of the necessity of founding our government upon Judeo-Christian values because he understood that any form of government not anchored in divine law could not function in a manner which best served the people. Divine law resides outside the constructs of man, thus (in theory) it cannot be modify or changed to fit the lusts of mankind.

George Washington was a human being just like the rest of us. He had associations, responsibilities, and weaknesses which conspired to undermine the vision he had for this nation. As we’ve seen, his masonic associations are just one example what happens when any of us allow the adversary a foothold in our lives. In Washington’s day Masonry was an incredibly influential ally and it is doubtful that he could have accomplished all that he did without their succor and support. It is also apparent from Washington’s Masonic Correspondence and other historical evidence that he seldom attended lodge meetings and that he had an incomplete knowledge of Masonic affairs. In fact, just a few months before his death, George Washington, being convinced of the danger of secret societies by John Adams (who opposed Freemasonry), used his influence to warn of the dangers secret societies posed to our nation. Unfortunately, as history records, it appears his warning was too little, too late.

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Works of Darkness
As I’ve tried to show in these articles, Satan’s humanist lie in Eden hasn’t changed. Since that fateful day long ago mankind has been infected with the belief that by our own efforts we can achieve immortality. The fresco painted by Constantino Brumidi is just one more example.

I do believe America has roots in Judeo-Christian principles, but I also believe that early on during our nation’s founding tares were also sown and those tares have grown to maturity in our generation. As Christians first and Americans second, stewardship demands we not sit idly by as the darkness closes in around us. We must share the light of truth. Paul’s words to the Ephesians seem especially appropriate here:

For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. (Ephesians 5:8-17)

Whose “light” are you following?

Part IV – Symbols of the Harlot
I had intended to also write this week about the Great Seal of the United States and its masonic symbolism in an effort to separate the fact from the conspiratorial fiction, but this article was a bit longer than intended, so YHWH willing next time we will explore that fascinating history and symbolism in the light of Biblical truth.

I hope you’ll join the adventure…

The Mystery Babylon Series
Part I  The Mother of Harlots
Part II The Religion of the Harlot
Part III  Babylon and the Harlot
Part IV Conspiracies of the Harlot – Part I
Part V Conspiracies of the Harlot – Part II
Part VI Symbols of the Harlot – Part I

Part VII Symbols of the Harlot – Part II 
Part VIII Symbols of the Harlot – Part III

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Symbols of the Harlot – Part II

With the events of Charlottesville still fresh in many people’s minds I was wondering how many of you recognize the bronze figure headlined in this blog post. Even though you may not recognize him, if you’ve read the articles in this series you should be familiar with his views on Masonry and religion.

The man was so influential in Masonry that even though he was a racist and confederate war criminal (pardoned by President Andrew Johnson, a fellow Freemason), he is the only confederate figure or military officer honored with Continue reading

Symbols of the Harlot

In the past several blog posts we’ve learned that humanism and its modern incarnation secular humanism is but a repackaging of Satan’s original lie told to Adam and Eve in Eden. That lie promised mankind that if they eat of the tree of the “knowledge of good and evil” their eyes would be “opened” and they would become gods. To simplify then, “humanism” is the belief that mankind is on the evolutionary path to Godhood. According to the humanist, we, not Yahweh, are the masters of our own destiny.

In the last two blog posts Conspiracies of the Harlot (Part I & II) we explored Freemasonry, one of the most influential proponents of secular humanism over the past several centuries. As I’ve tried to make clear in these articles, Masonry is Continue reading

Conspiracies of the Harlot – Part II

So where did we go wrong? How did the America of today fall so far from its Judeo-Christian roots? Today we blame America’s problems on Democrats, Republicans, immigrants, Islam, the wealthy, the poor, neocons, etc. Each of these and many more reasons are given to explain America’s downward spiral, but none of these really explain why immorality exploded in the 20th century.

Although a Judeo-Christian world view sees mankind as fallen and naturally inclined to lawlessness and rebellion, America, up until the early 1900’s still had a cultural code based in Biblical morality. America’s colleges, schools, and universities in many cases were founded by deeply religious people with a Biblical world view in mind. Then something happened which undermined Continue reading

Conspiracies of the Harlot

So let’s talk conspiracy theories. Over the years there have been so many wild eye, smoke filled room, tin foil hat, black helicopter, alien encounter, conspiracy theories that most reasonable minded observers just tune out the nonsense. Give a conspiracy theorist two or three real facts and they’ll weave 50 more unrelated facts into an intricate salacious tale which has the power to capture the imagination. And that’s the problem with conspiracy theories. Their adherent’s point to a couple of real facts and then the other 50 unprovable facts become the most important part of the story. After all, if all the facts were known, it wouldn’t be a very good conspiracy, would it?

Today, I want to offer for your consideration a grand unified theory on conspiracies. This theory will Continue reading