West London Humanists and Secularists

The Astrological basis of Religion - Mike Lawrence - 29/06/2011

In June 2011, we were visited by Mike Lawrence who brought with him his one hour production titled, 'Just Suppose' which is an exposé on the link between primitive astronomy/astrology and modern day religious theology. It took Mike eight years of research to produce this presentation, an effort fuelled by his witnessing the harm that religion can do during a tour of duty in Belfast in 1979 while in the Army (Royal Anglian Regiment 1977 to 1985). His concern was reinforced by the atrocities of 9/11, which led him to research further just how mankind came to be so utterly and dangerously engrossed with religious fantasy.

The production's aim is to demonstrate how all theology is inexorably linked with ancient astrological perceptions, and ultimately, the folly of theological worship. He says its purpose is not to discredit the benefit many people gain from following a theological belief, but to provoke lively debate on the future role of religion in the public realm of politics and education given theology's demonstrably fictitious foundation. It presented a convincing argument with reference to literary evidence that still exists proving, that Jesus, as in 'Jesus Christ', was an allegorical God Child created by the developing roots of Gnostic Christianity as far back as 500 BCE. The allegorical version of a Messiah called Jesus was then subsequently morphed into a literal character by the 'Literalist Christians' of the Roman Empire post 70 CE. The birth, death and resurrection scenes of the new 'literal' Jesus character were plagiarised from previous Pagan God Childs, who were themselves mythical interpretations of ancient astrological observations.

Mike has a website http://www.notori.co.uk/ which is well worth a visit and has written a book "Astonishing Credulity" which provides even more evidence than 'Just suppose'. He has given his presentation to seventeen humanist groups since November 2009. All in all, an astonishing piece of work from which we can all benefit.
Philip Veasey    5th July 2011