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Excellent and thought-provoking, but...
on 22 April 2000
I read this book as a follow-up to Knight and Lomas's 'The Hiram Key' and 'The Second Messiah', as I was fascinated by the notion of how Christian history could have been distorted by the early Christians and the true story of Jesus hidden and suppressed. Most of the book is a fascinating exploration of the Rex Deus legend, the Templars and the story of Jesus's supposed marriage to Mary Magdalene and the fate of their offspring. I found much of the book very convincing, as it is well-researched and annotated and presents a coherent and believeable story - until the last chapter. Oh dear. Suddenly, millennium fever grips the authors and the scholarly tone of the book descends into New Age mysticism and Age of Aquarius prophecies. I had been recommending the book to others up to that point, but the last chapter ruined the whole thing for me. This is a shame, because if what the book says is true (and, as I say, it is very convincing), then the history of the last 2000 years of Western society has been a complete sham. No wonder the Church is so keen to see the Dead Sea Scrolls locked away and the alternative history of the birth of Christianity kept well hidden from the eyes of the curious!