Hidden Agenda?


Going dark,” in espionage parlance, means hiding and ceasing to communicate, as when a spy goes to ground un­til things calm down. To “take it dark” means to remove something from public view, meanwhile clandestinely con­tinuing to operate whatever the asset may be. This can be as simple as moving a suddenly sensitive discussion from an open radio channel to an encrypted one, or the more complicated faking the breakdown of a satellite, or even re­porting its loss, but continuing to clandestinely receive the data….

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The Mythical Jesus

By Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.

Did Christianity spring onto the scene two millennia ago as a divine revelation that came directly from the one true God, as to this day some of its more fundamentalist adherents contend? Was there a real individual, a historical per­son, a genuine Jesus Christ—a preacher and, according to his followers, a theurgist and wonder-worker—who was crucified in Jerusalem? Was such a man the Messiah for whom many Jews longed? I would venture to guess that most people who call themselves Christians today (there are estimated…

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From Saint to Sun God


The party was well underway when the host introduced his daughter to the guests. He asked her to show off her greatest ability, to dance for his guests, but she demurred. He asked again and again, yet his daughter denied him. Fi­nally he promised her anything up to half of his kingdom, and at that she consulted with her mother. Yes, she would dance, but her request was surprising, She asked for the head of a man that her father held in his prison. Her…

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Mystery of the Black Madonna


Throughout the ages the image of the black madonna has elicited profound veneration, but also intense trepidation and even abhorrence from its observers. While Catholics have sought to denigrate and even to shun the numerous Black Madonnas scattered throughout their own European churches—the followers of the older, nature-centered and alternative faiths have traditionally praised its beauty and uplifting power. In 1952 during a convention of the Ameri­can Association for the Advancement of Science, representatives of the church made their feelings clear when a paper on…

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Ancient Egyptian Electronics

By Joseph Robert Jochmans, Lit.D.

In two different locations within the Late Ptolemaic Temple of Hathor at Dendera in southern Egypt—in Room No. 17 among the upper chambers and in one of the so-called “crypts” directly below the holy of holies—are curious wall engravings which Egyptologists cannot explain in traditional religio-mythic terms but about which electrical engi­neers are finding very modern interpretations. In the upper chamber, the topmost panel depicts Egyptian priests operating what look like oblong tubes, perform­ing various specific tasks. Each tube has a serpent extending its full…

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