Today we shall embark upon the time-honoured Quest for the Holy Grail. Some have called it the Ultimate Quest, but the Christian Church has condemned it as a heresy. A heresy can therefore define those aspects of philosophy and research which quest into the realms of the unknown and which, from time to time, provide answers and solutions that are quite contrary to Church doctrine. As for the remaining three-quarters - the Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and others - they are all, by definition, heretics and infidel.
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You learn how the apostles Paul and Peter abused the teachings of Christ just to draw more power themselves and create the power-hungry Catholic Church of Rome which contradicts all the basic teachings of I found this a very interesting book to read and would recommend it to others. You learn how the apostles Paul and Peter abused the teachings of Christ just to draw more power themselves and create the power-hungry Catholic Church of Rome which contradicts all the basic teachings of Jesus but still prevails to this day.
All in all, the book gives you something worth thinking about, and I do recommend it to anyone interested in the subject! Maybe even to the House of Israel. Like any good conspiracy theorist, Gardner claims to have certain knowledge unavailable to the general public, alludes to documents that have been hidden by the authorities, and promises that these truths and documents will be brought out when the time is right. Much like Dana Fuller Ross, who wrote a series of books wherein her fictional family and its descendant lines experienced every major event in American history through the turn of the 20th century and had dealings with every prominent politician and celebrity as a means of weaving an epic historical fiction; Laurence Gardner weaves both historic events and documented genealogies with myth, legend, and outright fiction to produce connections for virtually everything that ever happened in Europe and Britain between 4BC and AD.
He has created an imaginative set of offices, titles and rites within the Judaic temple and political cultures to explain away the events portrayed in the New Testament Gospels; given even more credence to the idea of manipulation of creed, doctrine, politics and religion by the Catholic church than even the early Protestants did.
I have never had a problem with the idea of Jesus having been married, and if he was, Mary of Magdala is as good a candidate for his spouse as anyone. I have no problem with the idea that he could have fathered a child, or even that Mary and that child could have escaped Roman persecution by fleeing to France.
There is, after all, no verifiable documentation either way: that it did or did not happen. It makes for interesting speculation and thought. Being a husband and father would in no way have prevented nor precluded Jesus from being the Son of God and atoning for the sins of mankind, offering them a way to reconcile with and return to the Father. However the point is there is NO verifiable documentation.
Genealogical and historical research are about verifiable documentation. Not about what can be "read into" or "surmised from" writings that are either presented as being in "code" as Gardner claims the New Testament to be or purported to be hidden or previously destroyed by a malicious political or religious entity as Gardner accuses both the Catholic Church and the British government of doing.
The middle of the book required a few second readings of various passages to convince myself he really had made such leaps of genealogical and historical fancy. The last pages were simply sad as I realized that poor Micheal of Albany is never going to realize his dreams of recognition--particularly not based on the "evidence" presented here.
Bloodline of the Holy Grail: The Hidden Lineage of Jesus Revealed