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5.0 out of 5 stars 3rd book in Findlay's Trilogy is the best
This book forms a trilogy with 'On The Edge of The Etheric' and 'The Rock of Truth'. For those who have not read these books, the former is mostly a factual record of the author's experiments with medium John Sloane, which even to the skeptic show that many phenomena occur in the presence of genuine mediums that defy 19th century physics, but not 20th century physics. We...
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3rd book in Findlay's Trilogy is the best, 6 July 2009
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This book forms a trilogy with 'On The Edge of The Etheric' and 'The Rock of Truth'. For those who have not read these books, the former is mostly a factual record of the author's experiments with medium John Sloane, which even to the skeptic show that many phenomena occur in the presence of genuine mediums that defy 19th century physics, but not 20th century physics. We now know that there is no such thing as a solid material object - it looks solid, as those electrons are spinning so quickly, but really an atom is mostly space. Hence the physical human form is only solid to the human eye. We too consist of mostly space, our weight being the sum total of all the protons in our bodies. It is important to keep this in mind when considering that we may have a second etheric body interfused with the physical one, which is released at death. Those who says they merely believe what they see must find the operation of their TV, radio and microwave, to give just a few examples, a mystery as they do not accept the existence of the invisible waves received or generated by these devices that full the rooms where they are sitting. In truth, what appears as space is full of elecromagnetic waves and who knows what else that is outside our limited range of perception. Consider how easily we accept invisible forces like gravity and magnetism - early physicists who rejected Newton's idea of an invisible force of gravity considered it to be too occult-like. We have seen a similar reaction to the forces encountered in Spiritualism.

The Rock of Truth is basically a comparison of Christianity and Spiritualism. Findlay first relates the history of Christianity, then the beliefs and aims of Spiritualism. Both this and the previous book I have previously reviewed in more detail.

Which brings us to this book, which covers similar ground as The Rock of Truth (which I had rated as 5 stars, but compared to this 5-starrer deserves just 4) but with far more detail. This is one of Findlay's best, covering the rise of world religion and Christianity in particular in far more detail. Included in the book is the text of the Quelle, 9 pages of Jesus' original teaching before it was added to and corrupted over the next 3 or 4 centuries, which makes interesting reading. It's all the moral and ethical teaching we are familiar with, but without claims to be the Son of God and no reference to the Trinity, the Pagan concept later grafted onto this original teaching. This is the teaching of Jesus, the religious teacher who tried to make the lives of his fellow men more bearable, and who died like we all will some day. The teaching of Christ, that mythological being who is one of the three gods believed in today by Christians, born of a virgin and dying for the sins of man, has but a feeble connection with that of Jesus. That explains why the same man could preach such messages of love on one day, and yet on another, say that 'Those who do not believe in me bring them before me and slay them.' That was not Jesus, but followers of the religion created by Paul tring to justify their slaughter of opposing Christian groups or followers of other religions.

In summary, I would strongly recommend this book, as well as book one of the Trilogy, On the Edge of The Etheric. If you've read these two, The Rock of Truth is no longer necessary reading, as most of the material is repeated in The Unfolding Universe in more detail. 507 pages.
(More recent but equally convincing books on Spiritualism are 'At The Hour Of Death', 'The Supreme Adventure' and 'The Scole Experiment'.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book., 14 July 2014
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Brilliantly informative.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 20 Feb. 2015
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Bought for someone else. She found the book interesting but would probably not read it again.
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