This website was launched on July 12, 1998. It was titled "Chapel Perilous" to reflect its mission: To generate ideas and insights which examine our perceptions about mankind's origins, history and destiny. The site contains news items and articles that target these topics, with emphases upon archeology, Biblical mysteries, myths, legends, astronomy, ancient and medieval history, and related matters.
There are just about 50 pages on the website. They total enough content to fill a book. The annual page-view "hit" rate for the site has been growing rapidly since the site was first launched and was nearing 200,000 by Jan., 2003.
The website is updated often, usually on a weekly basis.
The e-mail address is petragrail2 (at) gmail.com
The web address is hosted on Tripod, a subsidiary of Lycos, now owned by "Terra Networks" of Spain. By using Tripod,* a free hosting service of Lycos, the website is able to be accessed by large numbers of people without the need for continual technical monitoring and upgrading. Attention can be devoted exclusively to content development.
*Now upgraded to Tripod Plus with 3GB of bandwidth.
The name "Petra Grail" was chosen because the Holy Grail has spent more time at Petra than any other location, and the history of the Grail reflects much of the time-frame and subject-matter of the website.
THE DOMAIN-NAME: http://TheTimeQuest.com
On July 7, 2001, we launched our new domain-name to help promote our site and ease access for new radio listeners. The domain-name currently directs to our "Start" page. In choosing this name, we wanted to embrace the whole range of topics we cover with a name that is easy to remember, and easy to spell, while capturing the fun and excitement of the quest for solutions to historical mysteries.
In mid-2002, we learned that the company responsible for 'pointing' our domain name had gone out of business; so our domain name is not working at the moment.
The sponsor of the website is Hage Productions, which is a multi-media producer and publishing firm located in New England. Hage Productions was registered in 1990 in Maine as a video publishing company. In 1991, HP added printed reports to its offerings, and in 1994, audio tapes. This website was launched in 1998. In 2001, HP published the first 2 volumes in a planned series of at least ten books. HP also offers tapes and books produced by others.
The mailing address for Hage Productions is P.O. Box 427, Brunswick, ME 04011.
In the year 2000, Chapel Perilous launched its radio show, a four-hour weekly program also called "Chapel Perilous." Due to technical limitations at that time, the program has been suspended. There are plans to revive the show in a new format.
Meanwhile, Olaf Hage, host of the program, has continued to make guest appearances on other shows, including the Internet computer & current events program The Byte Show. Because guests often get short-notice, it's not always possible to pre-announce all of our program appearances on this website. When such notice can be given, it is on the "News & Updates" page.
Antiquarian investigator Olaf Hage has been involved in print, audio and video publishing for some 35 years. In addition to his research into religion and history, he was formerly a working journalist and a technical writer in the fields of government regulation & energy economics.
Professional Writing Background
Mr. Hage authored Affirmative-Action fulfilment notices for national retail chains having thousands of stores, in compliance with the 1964 and 1965 Civil Rights Acts. He helped write "The Care-Labeling Guidebook" which was incorporated into the federal Care-Labeling Act of 1969. He was personally responsible for rewiting the proposed labeling texts in the Guidebook and reduced the wording on all textile and clothing care-labels to a minimum.
Mr. Hage attended the nation's initial video publishing conventions in 1970 and 71, while working as a film and television writer. His five-part series on Man's Search For Extra-Terrestail Life was scheduled to be the first PBS exploration of UFO's until President Nixon's attack on public funding of PBS forced it to be cancelled. It was the first series ever jointly-approved by both the Public Affairs and Cultural Affairs divisions of PBS, and was co-developed by filmmaker Jonathan Bernstein.
Honored for his efforts by the Organization For Consumer Justice, he helped to save Maryland residential electric users circa $300-million, cumulative. He authored a first-ever citizen "Cost-of-Service Study" on Western Maryland's C & P electric utility in 1977, which he presented in testimony before the state Public Service Commission. He was a retail industry advisor on the nation's initial hearings into peak-hour & incremental-load pricing in New York state. An article on his work on electric vehicle efficiency appeared in Electric Vehicle News, a publication of the Edison Electric Institute, in the mid-1970's. His reports on energy efficiency and oil usage patterns helped persuade the Federal Energy Office, later the Federal Energy Administration, to halt its plans for mandatory energy shutdowns in the 1970's, which would have put many millions of people out of work overnight.
In 1977, with John Barker, he co-founded & co-designed the much-imitated and highly - innovative Central Maryland weekly magazine-style paper The Fredericktonian, for which he wrote frequently on religion and ethical issues. In the early 1980's, he published the newsletter Science & Theology. He now manages TheTimeQuest.com website.
Theological Studies and Background
Mr. Hage studied religion, philosophy and literature at Middlebury College, and has done course-work in Biblical and Systematic Theology through Emmanuel College. His college study included Formal Ethics, Latin and Physics. He has post-college credit in Adult Learning Techiniques and Neuro-Linguistics.
He has studied most of the primary sources of the Western religious tradition. Raised in the Roman Catholic Church, he had once considered entering the priesthood to become a theologian. He is now devoting his attention to writing a multi-volume examination of basic issues in Biblical and Christian history. He also arranges telephone conferences for the Independent Research Network's investigations into controversial Biblical topics.
Mr. Hage has taught courses and given seminars on several subjects, including 'Is Creationism Christian?' and 'The Origins of Myth and Legend.' He has produced four videos, dozens of audio tapes, and numerous printed reports. Mr. Hage's new book, "The Secret History of The Bible," was published in two volumes in the fall of 2001. In 2003, the next book in the series--"Paradise Found"--will be ready for publication.
He has been a frequent guest on radio programs starting in 1997, with more than 600 hours on-air, much of it as guest-host & co-host of Bill Brumbaugh's "Proactive News" program, or as host of his own Chapel Perilous program. The Proactive News was heard nationally on short-wave & satellite, and world-wide on internet radio and archive, as well as locally on AM and FM stations.
News about show times, upcoming show topics, and availability of tapes can be found on the News & Updates page, left-hand column.
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