Having read this provocative book, I find that things which I once knew with conviction to be true are not so black-and-white. Normally I won't read books such as this, because most of these "earth-shattering" books, are usually just a cocktail of bad assumptions and wishy-washy conclusions. As a lifelong christian, I found some of their theories very hard to swallow, but kept in mind their exhortation in the introduction to keep an open mind, and resist the temptation to trust centuries-old dogma. I find their ideas about the origins of Christianity and Paul's misunderstanding's of Jesus' teachings startling, but irresistible... the seed of doubt already in my mind before I opened this book now growing. The Rex Deus theory is interesting, but the conclusion reached - ie. "Gabriel" impregnating mary in a Jewish school - is so profound that I personally would need more evidence than one man's story. The Shroud chapter, however seems highly plausible... although I never believed that the image on the shroud was christ, The de Molay theory makes better sense, and I would have to argue with the reviwer above, who claims that they do not conect de Molay with the shroud itself, indeed, the carbon dating of the shroud, and description of Molay's likely torture made for a fairly plausible argument, much more plausible than the argument for it being an image of christ. I find myself warming to the idea that the templars were aware of the existence of one god, regardless of the name we give to Him... a belief that could have solved many of history's great strifes. I for one am also keenly interested in what might be found beneath Rosslyn Chapel, and hope that it is excavated soon.
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