Was a Freemason the Chief Editor of the KJV?

When reading about the Freemasons and their influence in the founding of America, I came across a very interesting piece of information that the KJV Only conspiracy theorists would love to be true about another version of the Bible, but unfortunately, it may be true of their own beloved, perfect version:

“The headpiece of page 41 of Bacon’s Great Insaturation also contains light-dark scrolls…they are also shown in the 1650 edition of Bacon’s New Atlantis….Similar colophones suggest that other important works of Bacon’s time were assisted by Bacon’s secret society. The Authorized King James Version of the Bible (1611), includes light-dark scrolls and the ‘A’-type emblem, and it is claimed that Bacon was its chief editor.” 

 –  Nicholas Hagger, The Secret Founding of America. Watkins Publishing, London England 2007, p. 91

So, is it true that Sir Francis Bacon, who was the originator of English Freemasonry, was the King’s chief editor for the publication of the KJV? This book also claims that the intentions of King James was to solidify the English language by sending his Bible to all English colonies to strengthen his kingdom and the pursuit of establishing the New Atlantis or as we know it today, the New World Order.

Here’s a website that has more in depth detail about the Masonic symbols that found their way into the first edition of the 1611 KJV. Those who like to assign cult connections with the NIV, Westcott and Hort’s Greek text and other conspiracies that seem to lend weight to the alleged corruption of other versions tend to overlook the skeletons in their own closet.  

Let’s just face it, the preservation, transmission, translation and publication of the Bible in nearly all versions from the LXX to as lately as the HCSB and ESV have all had dirty hands involved in the work that God has sovereignly used to preserve His Word in the multiplicity of manuscripts and translations that we have today. To try to claim that the KJV is the only one that is un-spotted from such people is delusional and wishful thinking.


8 thoughts on “Was a Freemason the Chief Editor of the KJV?

  1. Damien June 3, 2010 / 3:48 pm

    The net is full of articles about the Bacon-KJV connection. I looked into it a bit after you posted this. While some things in conspiracy-laden literature can certainly pique one’s interest, I reject conspiracy theories wholeheartedly, as I feel they blatantly contradict what should be the Christian’s epistemology – revelation. As far as I’m concerned, the only real NWO was started by Hulk Hogan circa 1997.

  2. Will Dudding June 3, 2010 / 5:22 pm

    Not that I hold to conspiracy theories, but the NWO has been something spoken of openly first by Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 42 and even Obama. It’s not just an idea created by nutjobs on the internet….there really is a push for a one world system.

    Anyway, that’s not the point of the article. The point is, that the KJV had some shady characters associated with its publication.

  3. bibleprotector June 4, 2010 / 8:50 am

    There is no real evidence that Francis Bacon had anything to do with the King James Bible. We have early sources and lists of who the translators and editors were. So, it is way off track if anyone is seriously attempting to imply that Bacon (who was not the first occultist) had any influence of the printing of the Bible.

    The reality is that the emblems of the five pointed rose is a Plantagenet symbol for England, that the thistle is for Scotland, the Fleur-de-lis for France, and harp for Ireland.

    If those symbols be also used in the occult, it is nothing to do with the Bible of 1611, nor with the proper national use of those symbols.

    Talk about symbols in or on modern versions or old books is far less an issue than whether or not readings or translations are ever in line with occultism.

  4. Damien June 4, 2010 / 9:29 am

    I totally agree. There are much more substantive issues to deal with. Yes, some people know how to compile questionable information and present it in such a way that it raises an eyebrow, but we cannot base our conclusions on those things. I think the point that Will was making, though, was for those in the KJVO camp (and not everyone, just those who use this kind of conspiracy-driven rhetoric – Riplinger, Marrs, etc.) who use this kind of argumentation against modern versions, to see how the same accusations can be hurled at the KJV. Neither has much merit, if you ask me.

  5. Will Dudding June 4, 2010 / 5:56 pm

    That is my point Damien. I can care less about those theories also, but even if it’s true that Bacon was the chief editor of the KJV, God’s bigger than that and can use that fool as his instrument.

  6. John D. Chitty June 7, 2010 / 3:06 pm

    Wow. That would just be too good to be true! I agree with Will’s and Damien’s point(s). Were this true, it would indeed be a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

    BTW, I love the new look of the website.

  7. Textus Receptus June 9, 2010 / 5:44 am

    When Historians instruct us on freemasons, they don’t associate the original masons to anything like what was created in 1776 under the same banner, for to do so would be an anachronism.

  8. PeterAV August 17, 2010 / 5:06 pm

    Why did you post this obviously,dubious report?
    It amazes me the lengths people go to get rid of the book.

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