More Hollow Earth Nuttiness. Is There A Mormon Link?

When I named my new blog, I had decided to think of the craziest of conspiracy theories: one so nutty and outdated that not even the Pope would take it seriously. Well, it turns out there is a web site called Our Hollow Earth that is completely serious. Guess I should have known better.

Why would anyone believe in the Hollow Earth theory? Turns out, it’s kind of a religious thing. It seems to be tied in with Creationism, ancient giants, all that “the Bible is True, every word of it!” kind of stuff. Nothing like the hollowness of the earth is directly stated within the Judeo-Christian Holy Books, of course, but, in the light of the modern world’s inability to find the Garden of Eden, the Nephilim,  Giants, Cherubim, and other wacky stuff, one might start to wonder if there is somewhere else to look. Somewhere where all our fantasies are realities. And, it looks as though, this quest for a mysteries land of the lost is most popular amongst the Mormon faith.

Rodney Cluff is a Mormon who runs

“He is a mormon who believes some part of the Lost Ten Tribes currently dwell in the interior of the earth.”
“Cluff said he has written about religious beliefs that he expects to be proven when he goes on the expedition. One of the beliefs is that the Inner Earth is inhabited by the throne of King David from the Bible and that the political Kingdom of God is located there. He also believes that the Lost Garden of Eden is in the hollowed Earth, and its inhabitants are friendly, highly civilized and members of the Ten Lost Tribes.”
And then there is Steve Currey, who was going to head up an expedition into the “Hollow Earth”. Unfortunately, he passed away due to a brain tumor, so the expedition never happened. But, the web page is still up ( Now a man named Brooks Agnew (sometimes billed as B Andrew Agnew) is heading an expedition into the bowels of the earth (scheduled to leave August 2011, book your passage now). I haven’t found any information about Currey’s religious affiliation, but he is from Utah, and Agnew is definitely Mormon and went to Bring Em Young (and Bring Em Often) University.
And they don’t appear to be the only ones. R. Clayton Brough, author of The Lost Tribes, did a survey of LDS beliefs:
“According to a survey by LDS author R. Clayton Brough, four percent of the LDS population believes in the hollow Earth theory and that it is a probable explanation for the location of the Ten Lost Tribes.

So, the question is, is this official doctrine? Or just a meme that became popular within a subset of the US population? I found this:

Another of our traditions holds that the ten tribes are hidden in a hollow of the earth somewhere. Sources include Benjamin F. Johnson, personal friend of Joseph Smith, who records the following conversation: “I asked where the nine and a half tribes of Israel were. ‘Well,’ said [Joseph Smith], ‘you remember the old caldron or potash kettle you used to boil maple sap in for sugar, don’t you?’ I said yes. ‘Well,’ said he, ‘they are in the north pole in a concave just like the shape of that kettle. And John the Revelator is with them, preparing them for their return.'” [Benjamin F. Johnson, My Life’s Review (Independence, MO: Zion’s Printing and Publishing Co., n.d.), pg 93.]

Well, that about says it all. Joseph Smith himself endorsed the idea. At least verbally among friends. And it continues to this day. Personally, I hope Brooks Agnew does get the money he needs for the expedition. Zeus knows when he gets there and just finds big chunks of floating ice he’ll just claim the government (or some secret society) hid the entrance in order to keep the world from learning the truth … or just to be dicks. Or, whatever reason they think that their beliefs don’t pan out.

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5 Comments on “More Hollow Earth Nuttiness. Is There A Mormon Link?”

  1. […] looked at a possible link between Mormonism and the Hollow Earth Theory in another post. It may be a small subset of Mormons that accept the Hollow Earth idea, but it […]

  2. Benjamin F. Johnson said that he had a conversation like that with Joseph Smith. There are several recorded official statements of Joseph Smith

  3. in which he says e do not know the location of the lost tribes. I’ll take several official statements over one old mans recollections any day.

    As for the 4%. That does mean 96% do not think it is true. What percent of the general population think Elvis is still alive or the moon landing was faked?

  4. Victor Says:

    How many think Elvis is alive? I’m not sure. I would think that of the people that are of sufficient mental capacity to be their own legal guardians, the number is pretty close to zero. Once we start looking in the group homes, that number may increase.

    Moon Landing hoaxers? They seem to be YEC’s that believe that all knowledge that doesn’t coincide with ancient Hebrew and Christian religious texts is the product of a massive conspiracy to irritate people.

  5. […] believe such strange stuff, e.g. demons, astrology, the hollow earth theory. I find it easy to believe that Jesus was either an apocalyptic prophet of the 1st century CE or a […]

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