Bible conspiracy theory
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A Bible conspiracy theory is any conspiracy theory that posits that much of what is known about the Bible is a deception created to suppress some secret, ancient truth. Some of these theories claim that Jesus really had a wife and children, or that a group such as the Priory of Sion has secret information about the true descendants of Jesus; some claim that there was a secret movement to censor books that truly belonged in the Bible, etc.
This subject should not be confused with deliberately fictional Bible conspiracy theories. A number of bestselling modern novels, the most popular of which was The Da Vinci Code, have incorporated elements of Bible conspiracy theories to flesh out their storylines, rather than to push these theories as actual suggestions.
Some proponents of the Jesus-myth or Christ-myth theory consider that the whole of Christianity is a conspiracy. American author Dorothy M. Murdock aka "Acharya S" in The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold (1999) argues that Jesus and Christianity were created by members of various secret societies, mystery schools and religions to unify the Roman Empire under one state religion, and that these people drew on numerous myths and rituals which existed previously and then constructed them into Christianity that exists today. In the 1930s British spiritualist Hannen Swaffer's home circle, following the teachings of the native-American spirit "Silver Birch", also claimed a Jesus-myth.
Church suppression of reincarnation conspiracy
Some New Age believers consider that Jesus taught reincarnation but the Christian Church suppressed it. Geddes MacGregor in Reincarnation in Christianity (1978) suggests that Origen’s texts written in support of the belief in reincarnation somehow disappeared or were suppressed.
Jesus, Mary Magdalene and the Holy Grail
Some common hypotheses are that:
- Mary Magdalene was one of the apostles of Jesus, possibly even the only disciple, but this was suppressed by the early Church.
- Jesus had an intimate relationship with Mary Magdalene which may or may not have resulted in marriage, and/or children; their continued bloodline is then said to be Christianity's deepest secret.
- The Jesus Papers: Exposing the Greatest Cover-Up in History, Michael Baigent (2006)
- Jesus the Magician: Charlatan or Son of God?, Morton Smith (1978)
- The Jesus Dynasty, James Tabor (2006)
- Jesus the Man: New Interpretations from the Dead Sea Scrolls, Barbara Thiering (1993)
- The Jesus Scroll, Donovan Joyce (1972)
- Holy Blood, Holy Grail, Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln (1982)
- The Templar Revelation, Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince (1997)
- The Jesus Mysteries: Was the "Original Jesus" a Pagan God?, Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy (1999)
- The Jesus Conspiracy: The Turin Shroud and the Truth About the Resurrection, Holger Kersten and Elmar R. Gruber (1994)
- History of the first Council of Nice : a world's Christian convention, A.D. 325 ; with a life of Constantine, Dean Dudley (1880)
- Brothers of Jesus
- Gospel of Judas
- Holy Grail
- Jesus bloodline
- The Two Babylons
- Tiberius Iulius Abdes Pantera
- Zeitgeist (film series)
- D. M. Murdock/Acharya S website The Origins of Christianity and the Quest for the Historical Jesus Christ"
- Clinton Bennett In search of Jesus: insider and outsider images 2001 p208 "A New Age contributor One recent proponent of the Jesus-myth theory, Acharya S, who also sees Christianity as an ongoing conspiracy, argues that there was an ancient global civilization in which ideas and hero myths circulated freely"
- A. W. Austen The Teachings of Silver Birch London: The Spiritualist Press, 1938
- Theosophical Publishing House 1978
- Catholic.com Reincarnation
- Biema, David Von (2003-08-11). "Mary Magdalene Saint or Sinner?". Time Magazine.
- Atwill, Joseph (2005). Caesar's Messiah: The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus. Berkeley, Calif.: Ulysses. ISBN 1-56975-457-8.
- Bushby, Tony (2001). The Bible Fraud: An Untold Story of Jesus Christ. PacificBlue Group. ISBN 978-0-9579007-1-4.
- Cooke, Patrick (2005). The Greatest Deception: The Bible UFO Connection. Oracle Research Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9724347-3-7.
- Doherty, Earl (2005). The Jesus Puzzle: Did Christianity Begin with a Mythical Christ? Challenging the Existence of an Historical Jesus. Age of Reason Publications. ISBN 978-0-9689259-1-1.
- S, Acharya (1999). The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold. Adventures Unlimited Press. ISBN 978-0-932813-74-9.
- Harpur, Tom (2005). The Pagan Christ:Recovering the Lost Light. Toronto, Canada: Thomas Allen Publishers. ISBN 0-88762-195-3.
- Phillips, Graham (2001). The Marian Conspiracy. Pan Books. ISBN 978-0-330-37202-2.
- Faber Kaiser, Andreas (1977). Jesus died in Kashmir: Jesus, Moses and the ten lost tribes of Israel. Gordon & Cremonesi. ISBN 978-0-86033-041-7.
- Thompson, Thomas L. (2005). The Messiah Myth: The Near Eastern Roots of Jesus and David. New York: Basic Books. ISBN 0-465-08577-6.
- Wells, G. A. (1999). The Jesus Myth. Chicago: Open Court. ISBN 0-8126-9392-2.