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on November 16, 2014
By Bill Ward, November 16, 2014
E. Raymond Capt (1918-2008) is a Christian identity pyramidologist - numerologist who has written 60 pseudoscientific books. The goal of this little book published in 1971 is to promote an esoteric, anti-scientific and anti-semitic philosophy called pyramidology which had its beginnings in the seventeenth century.
Capt cherry-picks scientific data to support imagined biblical prophesies about the Great Pyramid. He begins with the Isaiah prophesy "In that day shall there be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the Lord. And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the Lord of Hosts in the Land of Egypt" (Isaiah 19:19-20) which is a starting point for his theories about the Great Pyramid.
Pyramidology claims that the Great Pyramid of Giza has encoded within it predictions for the exodus of Moses from Egypt, the crucifixion of Jesus, the start of World War I, the founding of modern-day Israel in 1948, and the beginning of Armageddon; discovered by using what is called "pyramid inches" to calculate the passage of time (one pyramid inch = one year).
The history of interpretating the physical dimensions of The Great Pyramid in occult terms began when John Greaves (1602–1652), an Oxford astronomy professor suggested that the builders of the Great Pyramid of Giza used units of measure related to modern measures.
In his Pyramidographia (1646) he first theorised that the Great Pyramid at Giza was constructed by a geometric cubit which he called the "Memphis cubit".
Isaac Newton (1643-1727) ( a bible esoterist) used Greaves' measurements of the Great Pyramid and published them in a paper entitled "A Dissertation upon the Sacred Cubit", from which he linked the "Memphis cubit" to the hypothetical sacred cubit of the Hebrews (25.025 British inches).
Next, John Taylor (1781–1864) claimed that the pyramid measurements indicated that the ancients had used a unit of measure about 1/1000 greater than a modern British inch (1.00106 inches). This was the origin of the "pyramid inch". Taylor regarded the "pyramid inch" to be 1/25 of the "sacred cubit" whose existence had earlier been postulated by Isaac Newton.
Martin Gardner observed:
“... it was not until 1859 that Pyramidology was born. This was the year that John Taylor, an eccentric partner in a London publishing firm, issued his The Great Pyramid: Why was it Built? And Who Built it? ... Taylor never visited the Pyramid, but the more he studied its structure, the more he became convinced that its architect was not an Egyptian, but an Israelite acting under divine orders. Perhaps it was Noah himself."
Flinders Petrie (1853-1942) whose father was a believer completed the first modern scientific survey of the Great Pyramid in 1880. He found that the pyramid was several feet smaller than previously believed. This so undermined the theory that Petrie rejected it, writing "there is no authentic example, that will bear examination, of the use or existence of any such measure as a ‘Pyramid inch,’ or of a cubit of 25.025 British inches." In his 1883 book, he affectionately referred to the true believers as pyramidiots.
Capt also promotes British Israelism which is connected with the Christian Identity Movement and anti-Semitism.
When Capt died, his daughter who is an orthodox Christian, had some sweet words:
Jeanne Beaumont-youtube - a tribute to e. raymond capt
1 month ago · Shared publicly [Jun 7, 2008]:
"His life saddened me in many ways. I am his daughter by his first wife (he had 5) and the direction his teachings taught are so anti-Christ .The meaning of the cross and the power of the blood to make of all nations one person to all who accept Him he ignored. He got stuck on proving theories of the Old Testament - and called the NT wrongly translated. What a great minister of the gospel he could have been if he had gone the way of the cross and its simplicity and not the way of "intellect" which appealed to many. And still does. His message only brings a sense of arrogance of being the "right" race or tribe - not the humbleness of being saved by His Grace alone."
So, scientists don't like him, Christians don't like him and I don't like him.
For someone interested in learning about this wonderful structure and about the crazy notions that have become acreted to it, I can recommend following wikipedia articles:
1) the Great Pyramid of Giza, 2) pyramidology, 3) pyramid inch, 4) British Israelism, 5) Christian identity.
John Romer's superb 2007 'The Great Pyramid, Ancient Egypt Revisited' which is the best book ever written for the non specialist. It's available on Amazon.