Society News 1
Exploring the Saturn Myth by Allan Beggs 5
Our Tilted Earth by Gordon P. Williams 9
The ‘Cosmic Winter’, Gildas… and St Patrick by Phillip Clapham 16
Pyramid Builders and Hyksos by Michael G. Reade 18
Assyrians and Babylonian Chronologies for 8th – 6th Centuries BC
C.L. Prasher and Carl Olaf Jonsson 21
The Flood from Heaven: Deciphering the Atlantis Legend (Zangger) reviewed by Trevor Palmer 30
A God by any other name: the Dead Sea Scrolls Deception (Baigent & Leigh) – Jill Abery 31
The Older Testament (Barker) – reviewed by Jill Abery 32
Sceptics, Skeptics, Dissidents, Cranks and … 33
from John D. Weir, Tony Rees, Michael G. Reade, Alasdair Beal, H. Eggleton, David Salkeld, Anthony Chavasse, Jill Abery and Margaret Grant 34
How to join the SIS 38
Prize Crossword by J.N. Green 39
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EDITOR: Alasdair Beal
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The SIS was founded in 1974 in response to a growing interest in the works of modern catastrophists, notably the highly controversial Dr Immanuel Velikovsky. In his books Worlds in Collision, Earth in Upheaval and Ages in Chaos he argued that the ancient myths and sources such as the Bible contained records of planetary catastrophes in the Earth’s history and, based on this, he suggested that geology, cosmology and ancient history should be reconsidered. In cosmology he proposed that electricity played a much larger role than in the orthodox scheme and that Venus in particular was a young planet. In ancient history, he proposed that the orthodox chronology should be severely shortened to eliminate false identifications and fictitious ‘dark ages’.
Over the years, the SIS has always assessed Velikovsky’s contributions in an impartial manner, sometimes critically but generally constructively. In some fields, SIS contributors have developed his work several stages further and Chronology and Catastrophism Workshop is intended to provide a forum for this continuing debate in the related subjects of revised chronologies, Biblical studies, mythology, astronomy, catastrophist geology and evolution.
In its aim of increasing the possibilities for the exchange of ideas and information within the Society’s membership, Chronology and Catastrophism Workshop can be of great value for relaying snippets of information, members’ opinions, reviews of relevant news and articles and in general for keeping members informed of anything which is going on and likely to be of interest in the fields of chronology and catastrophism.
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The views expressed in these pages are not necessarily those of the Society, nor can the Society vouch for the accuracy of statements of fact (outside the immediate sphere of Society business) or of interpretations contained herein.
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