Nicholas Caspary published Plato’s Atlantis: On the Origin of Religion in March 2023 , which according to the author is “intended as an update, a sequel, or a reboot if you wish, of Ignatius Donnelly’s 1882 work, and will as such be restating many of the same pertinent arguments as well as adding to his information that from our modern day.” For me, Donnelly’s ideas are now ‘old hat’ with little to offer modern Atlantis research and beyond resuscitation..
Nevertheless, Caspary spent the first half of his book reviewing Donnelly’s theories and then moved on to adding what he believes are more recent discoveries that support Donnelly. These include a change to the ice age cycle, the origin of our Moon as well as encounters with wandering extraterrestrial bodies.
Not content with a look at the evolutionary tree of humans, he then moves on to ancient astronauts, crystal skulls, Edgar Cayce, Orion Correlation Theory, etc, etc. He ends with a section on quantum physics, about which I and, I’m sure, most of my readers know very little. I was left with the feeling that I had just encountered a weird mixture of Däniken blended with Sitchin and Hancock that overall did little to justify Donnelly’s 19th-century speculations.
Stephen Mehler is an independent Egyptologist with an interest in a number of ‘fringe’ subjects such as Crystal Skulls(c) regarding which, in 2008 he wrote a book with David Hatcher Childress, The Crystal Skulls: Astonishing Portals To Man’s Past. Mehler also served as a Staff research scientist for the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, in San Jose, California from 1978-1980. Apparently, he has the ambition to combine mysticism and science!
His fascination with Egypt is claimed by him to have begun in his childhood. Today, he supports the theories of Christopher Dunn regarding the use of high-tech machinery in ancient Egypt. In fact, he claims that such technology was employed by a global antediluvian maritime civilisation. His ideas regarding the Giza pyramids are highly coloured by the unsubstantiated claims of John Ora Kinnaman. Andrew Collins has penned an interesting article(a) regarding Kinnaman and Mehler which urges caution.
Perhaps more damning is a letter received in 2005 from Sharon Bochkay –
“I am a great niece of John Ora Kinnaman. He married my great Aunt Flossie. I spent time with him when I was young and my father was raised by John and Flossie in Georgia as a young boy. He was a very bright man and had many good qualities but unfortunately was not truthful about many things. He copied the works of others and took them on as his own. His biography is full of untruths, his travels to Europe and the Middle East for instance. My family and I are amazed at some of the things we have read. In his day people never checked facts: no computers, etc. When I log on to the Kinnaman Foundation and see how they are trying to get donations for this “research” it really bothers my family and myself. I hope all of these “theories” will be debunked. Thanks.(b)
A YouTube video (with text) offers an interesting insight into Khemitology, the term used by Mehler to describe the study of ancient Egypt(d) .