John Van Auken is a well-known lecturer on the ‘readings’ of Edgar Cayce. He is a Director at the Edgar Cayce organization, the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E) having been associated with the A.R.E. since the late 1960s. He is the author of many books dealing with mysticism and ancient mysteries. He co-authored with Greg and Lora Little, Edgar Cayce’s Atlantis and Ancient South America. The latter mentions Plato just once, while an article on Van Auken’s own website(a) entitled Atlantis& Mu (Lemuria) has Plato completely ignored, which in my opinion leaves him unfit to discuss Atlantis.
Even more disturbing is his association with the rather dubious ‘diploma mill’, The International Metaphysical University(b), considered by some(c)(d) to be fraudulent.
Some years ago Van Auken was challenged by William Hutton to give the references of the six Cayce ‘readings’ that he had referred to in a lecture. The readings did not exist and the best that Van Auken could do was claim to have “misspoken”(e)!
(a) http://www.johnvanauken.com/atlantismu.htm (deleted April 2014)
(c) http://www.examiner.com/article/fraud-the-paranormal-field-goes-up-a-few-degrees (offline May 2015)
Norman Scherer is a contributor to William Hutton’s Hutton Commentaries. Like Hutton he draws extensively on the ‘readings’ of Edgar Cayce to construct his own views of Atlantis(a). He employs a variety of sources to support a mid-Atlantic location for Atlantis.
Scherer also has a ‘history’s mysteries ‘website(b) where he returns to the subject of Atlantis and Edgar Cayce.
(b) http://www.historysmysteries.org/atlantis.php (offline Dec. 2016)
William Hutton is the pen-name of Dr. Wyman Harrison (1931-2014) who was the principal contributor
From December 31, 2012 Hutton ceased contributing to the ‘Commentaries’ and Jonathan Eagle, the webmaster, has continued to maintain it as an archive of all the early material.
Hutton wrote an interesting article in 2001 and revised it in 2004(b) in which he takes issue with the accuracy of details in the A.R.E. newsletter Ancient Mysteries. He further claims that that a number of Cayce’s ‘readings’ have been distorted and some even invented! In this regard he challenged Cayce supporter, John Van Auken who had referred to six readings that did not exist. In response Van Auken claimed that he had ‘misspoken’.
Hutton, who has had an academic career as a geologist is also the author of a number of books relating to catastrophism, one of which was the result of collaboration with Jonathan Eagle, which produced the large 2004 offering Earth’s Catastrophic Past and Future.