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 have incorporated elements of bible conspiracy theories to flesh out their storylines, rather than to push these theories as actual suggestions.
According to Acharya S, in her book The Christ Conspiracy, The Greatest Story Ever Sold
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.
Jesus, Mary Magdalene and the Holy Grail
Some common hypotheses
- Mary Magdalene was one of the apostles of Jesus, possibly even the only disciple, but this fact 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.
- Atwill, Joseph (2003). The Roman Origins of Christianity. J. Atwill. ISBN 0-9740928-0-0.
- 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 978-0957900714.
- Cooke, Patrick (2005). The Greatest Deception: The Bible UFO Connection. Oracle Research Publishing. ISBN 978-0972434737.
- 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 978-0968925911.
- S, Acharya (1999). The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold. Adventures Unlimited Press. ISBN 978-0932813749.
- 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 978-0330372022.
- Faber Kaiser, Andreas (1977). Jesus died in Kashmir: Jesus, Moses and the ten lost tribes of Israel. Gordon & Cremonesi. ISBN 978-0860330417.
- 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.