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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Company; First Printing edition (26 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591430674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591430674
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 452,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Forbidden Religion" offers a compelling introduction into the true history of religion. The book also reveals the thread that unites the spiritual paths that have opposed orthodox religion over the centuries and the challenge they provide to the status quo."

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J. Douglas Kenyon is the editor and publisher of "Atlantis Rising" and the editor of the bestselling "Forbidden History." He lives in Montana.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. L. Shannon on 22 Feb. 2012
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Once again Douglas Kenyon brings us a collection of writings from his Atlantis Rising magazine, and once again he has delivered the goods. How many of you out there know why Sir Issac Newton is one one of the English banknotes, or how we came to have a Bank of England ? Well when William of Orange took over the crown of England it was in dire financial straits. Not in a position to extract anymore funds from the English via taxes, William set about the biggest con in history, The challenge was to raise funds to go to war, so with Newton they went to the country and exclaimed that Newton had obtained the essential elements to making gold. Having conned the masses into believing this, people were asked to hand over their silver and gold in exchange for a paper note with a promise to pay the bearer the sum on the banknote. As long as people believed this was the case[whether it was true or not] and their money was safe the birth of the Bank of England came about, it must have worked a treat because its still in force today and was instrumental in world money markets.
All the worlds religions were forged by man for the control of man, Catholicsm is one of the greatest perpetrators of violence and inhumane practices towards man and have an enormous cheek to call themselves holy[i am talking about the church here not individuals]. The Vatican came about when the Roman empire fell, when they could no longer rule by fear of the rod or imprisonment, they turned their attention to ruling by control using another fear, hellfire and brimstone, or damnation for eternity if the people weren't seen to conform to the churches rigid stance.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Nov. 2011
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The title says it all really in a nut shell.

some 40 essays talk about: origins of the christian religion, things that have been wiped out from the orginal, like the TRUE identification of the 3 magi. Showing were the roots of the Western faith have intimate ties from the Ancient Egyptian religion to Christianity... The Osiris Connection, Who were the wise men? and what were they up to? Pyrmaids of scotland--the Orion (the Star constalation) ground plan found... National secrets: the truth might be stranger than any fiction...... what has history left out of joan of arc's strange saga? ..... and just what did Issac newton forsee in 2060? the case for Reincarnation.

Religious or not, this book is worth a read, cause you'll be shocked at the truth.

How much has been influanced by groups like the Masons and Templars, it explores the hidden path of the religions banned by the orthodox Church. How parts of western religion has lost the full orginal meanings, to suit beliefs, minds and feelings of certain people. How once accepted areas have become bad/evil even.

The ancient peoples did not seperate science and religion as is done today, so whats changed? quantum physics has demonstrated a lack of seperation, so why do some insist that the 2 are totally opposite end of the pole, with a sharp dividing line between one and the other.

Taken from back cover "..introduction to the true history of the heretical religious traditions that played as vital a role in society as the established faiths that continuously tried to suppress them."

Well set out sections and chapters, with 16 colour picture pages in centre and many black and white images, pictures, even maps thoughtout help illustrate the text.
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Arrived promptly and in perfect condition for a paperback. Imaginative and plausible conjecturing about many spiritual/philosophical/religious conundrums.
At first glance it might look like psychobabble balloney but actually makes more sense to me than the more established paradigms - eg. no way do I believe in fundamentalist tenets such as a human being becoming a 'god', whatever that means, or that birth can occur without 2 sex gametes conjoining!
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
One-of-a-kind survey of the nether corners of Western religious history. 6 Jan. 2007
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Edited by Douglas Kenyon, the editor and publisher of the bimonthly journal "Atlantis Rising", Forbidden Religion: Suppressed Heresies of the West is an expose of hidden religions banned by the orthodox Church, from the time prior to Christ to the turbulent times of the Cathars and the Templars, to the Masons of the New World and much more. From connections between the roots of Western faith and ancient Egyptian religion, to the true identities of the three magi, to the real clandestine organization behind the secrets in the popular novel "The Da Vinci Code", Forbidden Religion covers a mind-expanding plethora of little-contemplated history affecting modern concepts of faith. Black-and-white photographs and a glorious section of inset color plates illustrate this one-of-a-kind survey of the nether corners of Western religious history.
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A Bit of a Mixed Bag that needs better Editing 23 July 2009
By Joseph J. Slevin - Published on
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I happened to like Forbidden Religion as far as the information they were attempting to get across. I was a little dissappointed that more information was not written about some of the pre-Templar groups that inhabited Europe during the dark ages.

The book is more of a compilation of pieces from a website and with that and little editing there can be a mass of repitition and a lack of continuity of thought. The haphazard way the book is written make a little lost in where you are thinking you are headed and the title, although very strong, is not answered as strongly in the overall message.

As far as research, without giving anything away, one of the writers hints that Bacon may have been involved in compiling the King James 1611 and that the hint is where the words Shake and Spear appear in Psalm 46 where shake is exactly the 46th word into the Psalm, and Spear is the 46th word from the end. I did a little research, yet these exact words, with different spelling for Olde English, appear as early as 1560, one year before Bacon was born. The appear at different numbering from the top and bottom. So, maybe something was being hinted here. But who knows.

Much is made of the Davinci Code type of focus, and we are updated on who the authors think the priori of sion are. What I like is that it reads like a novel and with some historical suspense. Some of the thoughts need more developing and maps and more illustrations when they speak of very specific things would be a help.

Maybe a second volume updated and edited would really make Forbidden Religion a hot item.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Mysteries Magazine review 18 Mar. 2008
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The editor of Atlantis Rising and author of the bestselling Forbidden History, J. Douglas Kenyon has compiled an esoteric anthology of essays by various authors on everything from Christ's contact with spiritual teachers in India to the Essenes being influenced by the militant Zealots who recognized Jesus' potential for being the ultimate usurper of established authority in the ancient world.
''Included in Forbidden History are such authors as John Chambers, whose essay on Dostoyevsky and Spiritualism will enrich nearly any soul desiring to contact the more subtle dimensions of the famous Russian writer's work; Cynthia Logan's intriguing treatise on the role of Christ's brother James; Peter Novak's essay on what the wise men were really searching for in the star of Bethlehem quest; and Steven Sora's attempt to address the perennial enigma of the true author of Shakespeare's work.
''My only qualm about some of the essays was that they were rather teasing in a sound bite kind of way. As an example, John Chamber's article on Giordano Bruno only touches upon the ghastly execution of this profoundly influential heretic who dared to challenge the religious authorities of his time. (Bruno was one of the first to suggest that there are an infinite number of galaxies, thus shattering the terracentric bias of the church fathers.) But Chambers neglects to mention who risked their lives to carry on Bruno's work and what underground means were required to smuggle his knowledge past the inquisition's ubiquitous customs agents.
''Additionally, there are a couple of occult reprobate writers whose work is included, but whose overall motives are rather suspect. For instance, Mark Amaru Pinkham in The Truth Behind the Christ Myth, suggests that Sananda Kumara is Jesus himself, in another guise. But Kumara is actually a dubious "ascended master" who was promoted by cult leader Elizabeth Clair Prophet and her Universal Church Triumphant. (Prophet charged her followers $10,000 for bomb shelters to hide during the 1980s, during the Apocalypse that she predicted to occur shortly after this time. )
''Regardless of the editor's lack of discernment, this book may open the way to more constructive, less reactive dialogues over some of the most controversial aspects of history.
--Jaye Beldo
Mysteries Magazine issue #20
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it's okay 28 Jun. 2010
By Joseph L. Kolb - Published on
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forbidden religion covers a variety of topics, both past and present about religious beliefs. topics include christianity, templars and freemasons, scottish sinclairs, alchemists and the soul. i found most of the articles way too short, from 3 to 5 pages, and hardly get their point across. many of the articles are by the same authors; jeff nisbet, cynthia logan, steven sara and john chambers write the bulk of them. they cover topics from christ being married to mary and having a bloodline, to francis bacon being shakespeare. i found the most interesting article by vincent bridges on fulcanelli and the hendaye cross. overall, i would say this was a pretty fair read that needed a lot more information in their articles.
Excellent compiling of resources and a good read. 9 Mar. 2013
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Really liked the book. This book needs to be re-read over time. At least by me.
If you are as anti-orthodox as me give it a try.
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