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The Second Messiah: Templars, the Turin Shroud and the Great Secret of Freemasonry Hardcover – 3 Apr 1997


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Century; First Edition 1997 edition (3 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712677194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712677196
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 2.8 x 16 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Templars, the Turin Shroud and the Great Secret of Freemasonry --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Christopher Knight was born in 1950, and has a degree in advertising and graphic design. He is chairman of a marketing and advertising agency and is a Freemason. Robert Lomas was born in 1947 and has a degree in electrical engineering. He has worked on the guidance systems for Cruise missiles, and was involved in the early development of home computers. He is a Freemason and lectures on Masonic history. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Nov 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a great read, in the same vein as the Hiram Key. In both books are quite convincing, although I detected a few places where they overstated the evidence.
But the chapter on the Turin Shroud is absolute nonsense. First, they present no evidence to connect the shroud to the last templar leader. They write a whole account of his treatment and how the shroud was formed without any evidence at all. Their theory of formation is silly: as a physical chemist I know that substances from a body could not diffuse vertically upwards to form an image: they would just generally discolour the cloth. Furthermore, they baldly state that the back image is much less detailed than the front, in fact little more than splodges, to fit their theory. But if you look at a photo of the shroud, you see that the back image is, if anything, MORE clear. Picknet and Price have a VERY much better theory in "The Turin Shroud...". Their theory is scientifically valid, and also explains the historical evidence better.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By TheHighlander on 22 Feb 2004
Format: Paperback
Book: The Second Messiah
Writer: Christopher Knight & Robert Lomas
Style: Hardback
Length: 259 pages
Rating: *** (3 stars, good)
The book asks some hard questions for hard core Christians. Questions like, is the Bible the true word of God? Should it be considered to bring forth the only true form of Christianity? What happened during the “missing years” right after the crucifixion of Jesus? Did Peter or Jesus’ brother James actually lead the “approved” church of Jesus Christ. How do the two differ and why would or could the wrong on prevail? Why is there no record in the Bible of the almost annihilation of the Jews (God’s chosen people) by the Roman’s? These are some of the tough questions asked in the first chapter alone.
Through painstaking research many of the questions are answered in with historical reference. There is quite a case presented for the “Shroud of Turin” being the image of a master mason and not that of Jesus Christ. Read the history of the shroud that was tracked down along with the many missing years and it’s first documented appearance. Find out the origin of the Temple in Roslyn Scotland.
This book also offers much of the history of the freemasons and the persecution and flight from Jerusalem to Scotland and their spread across the world. It offers historical and analytical presentations on many subjects involving and surrounding Christianity. The book was enjoyable as one of many possibilities involving Christianity over the years. There are many books out there regarding the subject of Christianity’s evolution and this should be read as only one of the many.
It goes without saying that this book will offend many.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jan 2002
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book and found the rex deus theory quite fascinating. However, as a Muslim I can not accept the Jesus-James idea put forward or the direct lineage from Jesus. But a secret sect with some kind of historical blood line, why not.
The connection between the shroud of Turin and Jaques DuMolay is quite probable and the authors certainly argued their case.
Overall a very interesting read and well researched - it did get one wondering what is lurking underneath Rosslyn chapel!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jo (contactus@btinternet.com) on 18 Sep 1999
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't put this book down! The authors have traced the origins of Freemasons and provided fascinating evidence and details of the history of the Templars, from their beginnings, through their 'glory years' and after their brutal persecution era. It also recounts the events of the Roman Catholic church during this time that many modern day devout Christians will find deeply disturbing and heretical.
This book also details evidence for the claims that the Turin Shroud was not the imprint of Jesus after his crucifixion, but the imprint of a man regarded by the exiled Templars as the second messiah.
This book will offend some, but if, like me, one questions the beliefs of modern day Christianity as being rather incredulous, this book will offer clues and suggestions as to how this religion has diverted from its origins and evolved into the faith we know today, and how esoteric images and scripts still exist today recording the original roots of the Christian faith.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 April 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is an easy read, as an historical research document, and while some of the suppositions are by their very nature not easily corroborated, the leaps are not unacceptable. The history of the Freemasons is well explained, and if you accept this, then Catholicism and it's roots are questionable, and therefore the other religions that split out from it. The story is absorbing, and the explanation for the Turin Shroud obvious, now that it has been so well explained from the scientific and historical aspect. Now if this all sounds like a very deep and boring book, let me assure you that this is a very absorbing book, and has caused me to delve further into my own religion, and study Freemasonry further. Next book? Obviously it has to be The Hiram Key!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 May 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was given this book as a gift, and was impressed at its orginality. I have encountered many a Shroud theory before but the idead presented in this book and the research that went into them make it an extremely interesting read, and I have re-read it many times. I had no background knowledge of Freemasonry, but this didn't matter too much as the bits they drew on were well explained. The only thing that stopped me from giving it 5 stars was that I hadn't read the authors' previous book, 'The Hiram Key'; this book referred to it frequently and seemed to assume that its readers would have done so.

All in all I would definitely reccommend this to anyone interested in religious conspiracy theories as it it well written, well researched and utterly captivating.
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