Dale Tuggy

Dale Tuggy is Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he teaches courses in analytic theology, philosophy of religion, religious studies, and the history of philosophy.

3 Comments

  1. Dave Burke
    April 22, 2011 @ 5:27 am

    Brilliant review, Dale – and thanks to Brandon for the O’Neill link. Tim’s also done a fine job on Agora, which is worth checking out.

    The review is here; he responds to comments and criticisms here. Mike Flynn chimes in with some pithy comments and loads of historical context here.

  2. Dale
    April 18, 2011 @ 11:20 am

    Thanks, Brandon – that is a great link!

    Here’s what our historian has to say about the fabled “Priory of Sion”.

    Far from being a 1000 year old secret society of vast influence and significance, the real, original ‘Priory of Sion’ was founded in 1956 as a local government pressure group concerned with public housing. On May 7th 1956, Pierre Plantard, then a resident of the town of Annemasse, went to the provincial sub-prefecture at Saint-Julien-en-Genevois to register a non-profit organisation called the ‘Priory of Sion’. It was named, not after Mount Zion in Jerusalem, but after a local mountain near Annemasse and its stated aims were the support of opposition candidates in local elections with a view to the improvement of public housing.

    For its brief existence, the ‘Priory’ published a few editions of a journal called Circuit – some stenciled A4 pages stapled by hand – which aimed to ‘defend the rights and freedom of council house tenants’ and dealt with such burning issues as water meters and the paving of footpaths. Plantard quickly fell out with the handful of compatriots with whom he had formed this group and the ‘Priory’ rapidly dissolved having achieved little or nothing.

    So how did this tiny, non-descript and short-lived local government group give rise to the myth of ‘one of the oldest surviving secret societies on earth’? The answer lies in the nature of its founder, Pierre Plantard.

    Of course, he then documents what a kook and serial liar the guy was!

    Folks, read it. Real history is far more interesting than Brown’s fevered dreams! As I always say, truth is stranger than fiction. You won’t believe how the dude’s story ends.

  3. Brandon
    April 18, 2011 @ 12:25 am

    Tim O’Neill (who is an atheist) has another good website on the problems with the work; obviously, he has no interest in theological questions, but since Brown is constantly presenting quasi-historical claims as evidence for theological ones, and O’Neill is a historian, he covers quite a bit of interest to anyone interested in the theological questions.