he manufacture of apocrypha continues to be on the horizon of latent field effects. Cutting-edge technology transforms epigraphic non-sequiturs into cogent reminders of end-playing result-oriented matrices. From “The Report of Pilate” to “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” apocrypha continue to inspire the aspirations of the multitude. Attitude is inversely proportional to eptitude.
Vaticinium ex eventu is an overlooked technique of evoking verisimilitude to the final output. Though now often overlooked, it can be put to good use in many environments and situations. The 29 th chapter of Acts shows what can be done in that line.
Nor should plagiarism be discounted as an effective tool, particularly when the object is obscure and the intended audience sufficiently retrograde. Ellen White knew a thing or two on that score. If it was good enough for her, it ought to be part of your arsenal as well.
Pseudonymous authorship—especially the attribution of the product to a figure of cultural importance—can play an important part in making innovations appear traditional. A revered figure from antiquity, a founder or religious leader, is an ideal spokesperson for your novel idea-complex.
A striking discovery makes a wonderful way of promoting your system. An old trunk, a forgotten chamber in a temple, the emergence of a lost manuscript on the black market—these can make or break your esoteric system. What Spiderman’s radioactive spider did for him, or Billy Batson’s subterranean encounter accomplished for the marvelous captain, a dramatic origin-story can do for your output. What worked for King Josiah can easily work for you.
And don’t forget your magic decoder ring. A long-time staple of Baconians and Atlanteans, the invocation of a secret decoding method (Bayes’ theorem anybody? The da Vinci code?) allows the production of an infinite supply of apocryphal narratives from already existing product. It’s almost as good as tapping the spirit world for inside info on the beyond, and it sounds a lot more sciency. The lure of unlocking the mysterious combines with the certitude of mathematical proof.
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