The E-Soter-Ists of the West were a secret society, according to Gould & co.
- ↑ Gould, S. C., ed. (November 1896), E-Soter-Ists of the West, "Masonic and Arcane Societies in the U.S.", Miscellaneous Notes and Queries 14 (11): 283, https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.32044092649565;view=1up;seq=297, retrieved 2016-05-12, "We have not been able to get much information of this circle or Brotherhood. It seems to be incog to the outside world. The word West we are told means distinctly the western hemisphere in contrast to the eastern hemisphere. The peculiar manner that the word "SOTER" is exposed would indicate that the meaning of that word (saviour) might have an arcane significance with the members. The Ichthic acrostic in the Sibylline Oracles contains the quoted word: IESOUS CHRIESTOS THEOS UIOS SOTER. Godfrey Higgins says there is in the Adyta of St. Peter's Church a column or lithos on which are inscribed the words, "ZEUS SOTER." There is esotericism in this."