Alfred Leslie Lilley visiting St Sulpice

Paul Smith

23 October 2015

Canon Alfred Leslie Lilley, a Modernist Anglican clergyman, never claimed in any of his writings that he travelled to the French Roman Catholic seminary of St Sulpice in Paris during the 1890s and witnessed evidence that “Jesus Christ survived the crucifixion” – this claim was only first made in 1972 – Alfred Lilley died in 1948.

The archives of Canon Alfred Leslie Lilley are located in the University of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, comprising of 564 items that were donated by Alex Vidler on behalf of Barbara L. Lilley, Canon Lilley's daughter.

A detailed examination of all 564 items found in Lilley's archive would only verify the fact that this claim is completely unfounded and totally fraudulent. This claim about Lilley was only first made shortly after the publication of the novel The Word in 1972 by Irving Wallace, that was about Jesus Christ surviving the crucifixion.

Despite this knowledge about Lilley's archive, nobody who believes the Lie has ever bothered to check it, because it could be a complete waste of time! And how much time would be required to check 564 items of writing – for nothing!

Of course, if any of this was absolutely factual, there would have been no need for it to be “covered up” – it would all have been publicised from the outset – a Modernist Anglican clergyman like Alfred Lilley would have done everything possible to publicise it in order to vindicate his doubts over the historicity of the resurrection – and Lilley expressed doubts over the resurrection. This, ultimately, combined with the publication of The Word in 1972 just before the claim was first made about Lilley, points to the whole thing as being one big Lie from the outset.