O conspiracionismo irá destruir o movimento cético?
Ateísmo sim, conspiracionismo não!
Para meus amigos blogueiros de ciência céticos que estão querendo se tornar conspiracionistas. Se vocês acham que a Wikipedia está errada, por favor, tentem editá-la:
Bible conspiracy theory
Bible conspiracy theories posit that much of what is known about the Bible, in particular the New Testament, is a deception. These theories variously claim that Jesus really had a wife, Mary Magdalene, and children, that a group such as the Priory of Sion has secret information about the bloodline of Jesus, that Jesus did not die on the cross and that the carbon dating of the Shroud of Turin was part of a conspiracy by the Vatican to suppress this knowledge, that there was a secret movement to censor books that truly belonged in the Bible, or the Christ myth theory, proposed for example in Zeitgeist, the Movie as a means of social control by the Roman Empire. This is portrayed in the book The Da Vinci Code.
Catholicism a veiled continuation of Babylonian paganism
The Two Babylons was an anti-Catholic religious pamphlet produced initially by the Scottish theologian and Presbyterian Alexander Hislop in 1853 then published as a book in 1919. Its central theme is its allegation that the Catholic Church is a veiled continuation of the pagan religion of Babylon, the veiled paganism being the product of a millennia old conspiracy. It has been recognized by scholars as discredited and has been called a "tribute to historical inaccuracy and know-nothing religious bigotry" with "shoddy scholarship, blatant dishonesty" and a "nonsensical thesis".
Although scholarship has shown the picture presented by Hislop to be absurd and based on an exceedingly poor understanding of historical Babylon and its religion, his book remains popular among some fundamentalist Christians. Mormons before the reign of Pope John XXIII routinely referred to the Roman Catholic Church as the "Church of the Devil"; after Pope John XXIII, they discontinued support for this conspiracy theory.
Although extensively footnoted, giving the impression of reliability, commentators (in particular Ralph Woodrow) have stated that there are numerous misconceptions, fabrications and grave factual errors in the document, and that this book follows the line of thought of works like: Martin Luther - On the Babylonian Captivity of the Church (1520), Titus Oates - An Exact Discovery of the Mystery of Iniquity as it is now in Practice amongst the Jesuits (1679), Conyers Middleton - Letter from Rome (1729).
Jerusalem Temple Candelabrum in the Vatican cellars
Among some Jewish religious and extreme right groups is circulating the assertion that the Menorah (goldencandelabrum) - which was in 70 C.E. pillaged by Titus's soldiers from the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem - still exists and is secretly kept by the Catholic Church in the cellars of the Vatican.
This rumor surfaces again and again. Most recently, during the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Israel in May 2009, a small group of extreme right militants demonstrated against the Pope with signs reading "Thief, give back our Menorah!". Two followers of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane - Itamar Ben Gvir and Baruch Marzel – at the time actually tried to get a judicial injunction to prevent the Pope from leaving the country "pending the return of the stolen Jewish treasures" . The judges refused to grant any such injunction, as the appellants could bring no concrete evidence of the Menorah truly being in the Vatican.
Historians in general assume that the Menorah - like many other treasures stored in Ancient Rome - had been looted by the Vandals during the Sack of Rome in 455 CE. There is no shred of historical evidence of its having ever been in the hands of the Catholic Church. Nevertheless, the above theory persists in certain Jewish circles, as a focus for anti-Catholic (and generally anti-Christian) agitation.
Roberto Takata e Kentaro Mori, salvem o movimento cético de de se enrolar com essa teoria conspiratória do Cristo Mítico. A adesão à essa tese pseudocientífica irá trazer grande descrédito ao movimento cético!