James I. Nienhuis
Christian Fundamentalists or at least some of them have voiced extremely negative views on Atlantis. One site refers to “Atlantis and its satanic and occult underpinnings”, while an English language website(a) in Finland denounces the story of Atlantis as the work of the Anti-Christ, while on the other hand, prominent creationists, such as Bodie Hodge, James I. Nienhuis and others have no difficulty in accepting the possibility of Atlantis’ existence!
Another fundamentalist website, Genesis Veracity Foundation ventures to discuss Evenor and his wife Leucippe, the parents of Clieto who married Poseidon and in turn were the parents of the first ten kings of Atlantis (Critias 113c-114c). In the process it manages to give both Evenor and Leucippe a sex change, identifying the former as the biblical Eve and ‘her’ partner as Lucifer! It seems that their ability to understand Plato is even worse than their various interpretations of the Bible.
(a) Atlantis (archive.org) *
James Iirwin Nienhuis (1954-2023)* was a scientist and a committed young-earth creationist having written two books on the subject. He has also been involved in the production of a DVD, Atlantis: Secret Star Mappers of a Lost World (b).
As he has chosen to work within the intellectual straitjacket of young-earth dogma, Nienhuis was forced to dispute the 9,000 years of Plato for the age of Atlantis before Solon, suggesting that it is more likely that the number refers to lunar cycles rather than years and bravely contended that the last Ice Age only finished around 1500 BC, a date he ascribed to the demise of Atlantis. However, he hedged his bets by suggesting that if the 9,000 does not refer to lunar cycles, it was probably a mistranslation of the word for 100!(c)
His views on the location are best expressed in his own words –
The island city of Atlantis (Atlas), also known as the city of Poseidon (Sidon), is now submerged offshore southern Spain, probably at a site 30 miles south of Cadiz, and the mountains to the north, the source of the minerals riches of Atlantis, then the Sierra Morena mountains, the plain to the south including what’s submerged offshore the dimensions of the Atlantean plain described by Plato, fits perfectly.
Nienhuis maintained a website(a) with many articles and blogs, supporting his ancient history theories as well as political rants with a clear bias towards the U.S. Republican Party (sometimes considered as the political wing of the American Christian Taliban).
>Nienhuis was 69 years old when he passed away on April 11, 2023(d).<