For almost seven-and-a-half centuries, a piece of cloth was venerated because it bore the image of the crucified Christ. However, results of carbon dating have shown that the fabric could not have predated 1260. Now new evidence conclusively proves that it is not a face.. .yet neither is it the image of Jesus.
In the follow-up to their groundbreaking first book, The Hiram Key, Knight and Lomas continue their research into the mysteries of Freemasonry and the true historical Jesus. In the course of those explorations, they uncover the precise time and place of the Shroud's creation. The answer to the great mystery will surprise and astound as the authors unlock the secrets of abandoned Freemason rituals and the man who would be called the Second Messiah.
Christopher Knight has a degree in advertising and graphic design and is the managing director of a marketing and advertising agency. In1976 he became a Freemason.
Robert Lomas has a degree in electrical engineering and currently lectures at Bradford University Management Centre. He became a Freemason in 1986, and quickly gained popularity as a lecturer on Masonic history.
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This is the second book of Christopher Knith and Robert Lomas that catch my eye. They follow the line that 'truth will conquer all' in the sense that there are unknown or hidden aspects in the history of freemasonry and its connections to Knights Templars, to Rosslyn Chapel and to the suplice of Jacques de Molay that need to be address. Some of the hipothesis could be fancy but overall the main arguments awaken us that is possible that templar history or historical myths are a basic part of freemasonry believes and its ritualistic endeavours. It is also credible - and they argue it controversally but interesting in their first book, 'The Hiram Key' - that Jesus as leader of the Church of Jerusalem lived beyond its mytical profile and has had -has mortal - family and descendance. The figure of Mary Magdalena has been explored, recently, has its consort and mother of Jesus'children although the Catholic Church has been trying for centuries to pass the image of Mary as a prostitute. Unbearable so to be Jesus wife. The divinity versus the human dimension of Jesus is one of the most fascinating approaches in recent historical and theological research about the Christianity. Today out of the constrictions of endoctrination and religious ortodoxy that coerce our reflexion we are more open to look for new aspects in the basis of our culture and civilization without being questionned as believers. Remarkably the Church of Peter has made a tremendous progress from the times it send to fire and tortured who dared to desagree with its creeds and official interpretation of the life of Christ and its predecesors, Abraham or Moises. I retain mainly from the book the idea, that present masonic rituals retain the former iconography of Christianity as a doctrine that strain the basic values and ideas that capture our dimension as human beings and children of God, made in Its Image but also a pale version of its splendor. The Scriptures are not in this sense the absolute truth. They collect interpretations of historical facts, events and figures by people who lived in the time of Jesus, but also later and that pass to paper the oral traditions that were told by their ancestors. As material for religious conversion of profanes they could [and probably may be] romanticized. But they are, nevertheless, reports of the way that Jewes and later Christians saw their life and the conflicts of their times. Dan Brown use much of this material and Knight and Lomas interpretations to write its blockbusters 'Angles and Demons' and 'Da Vinci Code'. Life has this kind of contradiction: there are people who get the definitive sucess for rewriting what others dare to advance and reach public aplause, when the source of inspiration remains quite unknown.
The Second Messiah is a wonderfully hair-raising sequel to The Hiram Key. Both are must reads for anyone interested in the history of Freemasonry, Knightls Templars, the Shroud of Turin and Rex Deus. The Second Messiah is beyond informative and educational. Knight and Lomas once again find answers to so many questions related to Roman Catholicism that the Vatican will never admit or adhere to. This book, as well as The Hiram Key, should be mandatory in every western civ and world history class in every University in America. The information in these books could open Christian minds around the globe. Stocked full of irrefureable evidence, the Second Messiah has the potential of shattering the lies, myths and political irresponsibility of the Roman Catolic Vatican. If Christians worldwide knew what their original purpose was, the foundations of Vatican would crumble onto itself. May the Rex Deus live on and thrive, for it is the only remaing lineage of truth, tollerance, respect, true history and brotherhood. The world should be so lucky to learn from them the secrets of history.
I found the information presented very interesting and informative. If you are looking for answers beyond the status quo you should start with this book