Throughout the history of Christianity there have been those claiming a monumental secret. Often centered around the Church of St. Sulpice in Paris and associated with French esoteric circles like Debussy who wrote in a review:
“Perhaps it’s to destroy that scandalous legend that Jesus Christ died on the cross.”
But even Canon Alfred Lilley came back from St. Sulpice questioning the crucifixion. There must have been some documentation in the church that convinced these people of something portentous. BUT now searching links between the history of Rome and the latest Biblical research, we finally reveal the extraordinary facts that prove exactly what the monumental secret was and its validity making the revaluation of Christianity, as we knew it, inevitable.
My Thoughts and Review:
After I received this book I wondered what I had let myself in for; but the title intrigued me! I must say at the outset I have no particular religious opinions but I do like nonfiction so here we go!
This is a book that challenges the orthodox Christian beliefs and puts forward the opion that the established Church of Rome had as much if not more loyalty to the Roman Empire as to God. So where does that leave us?
It begs the question that passages of the Gospels were altered and removed to please there masters. These Gospels were flawed anyway as they were written sometime after the crucifixion and supposed death of Jesus Christ. I say supposed because according to the Gnostic belief, crucifixion was a symbolic thing rather than a concrete reality.
This was a staple of the Gnostic Church, who were the first Christians after. They were about mystery and ritual to achieve enlightenment. They also treated women as equals. This put them on a collision course when Rome converted to Christianity and created the Coptic Church which like the Empire was a paternal setup that relegated women to a subservient position in society and religion.
Julian also challenges the fact that the Bible, in particular The New Testament is the word of God, more the manipulations of man. Names changed to present their picture. Historical figures are mixed and substituted to paint a picture that suited their purpose. Also challenged is the timeline of the birth and death of Jesus.
Julian has presented a picture that you may not agree with, may even challenge but you definitely cannot ignore. This is a book I enjoyed from an historical point of view and certainly gives the reader food for thought. Three stars from me. Thanks are due to Faye@authoright and Julian Doyle for the copy of the book which I have reviewed in an fair and Unbiased way.
Information about the Book
Title: The Monumental Secret of the Crucifixion
Author: Julian Boyle
Release Date: 20th May 2018
Page Count: 217
Publisher: Chippenham Books
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41968402-the-monumental-secret-of-the-crucifixion
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Monumental-Secret-Crucifixion-Julian-Doyle-ebook/dp/B07D6LSTF8
JULIAN DOYLE is the editor of ‘Life of Brian’ and is also one of the world’s most versatile filmmakers. He has written and directed his own films, and edited, photographed and created Fx on others. He is most famous for editing the Monty Python Films and shooting the Fxs for Terry Gilliam’s movies ‘TimeBandits and ‘Brazil’, which he also edited.
He has written and directed three feature films. ‘Love Potion’ about a drug rehabilitation centre, described as Hitchcockian. ‘Chemical Wedding’ featuring Simon Callow about the outrageous British occultist, Aleister Crowley and described by one American reviewer as ‘Thoroughly entertaining although at times you wonder if the film makers have not lost all there senses’. He has also directed award winning pop videos such as Kate Bush’s ‘CloudBusting’ featuring Donald Sutherland and Iron Maiden’s ‘Play With Madness’.
He recently wrote and directed the play ‘Twilight of the Gods’ investigating the tumultuous relationship between Richard Wagner and Friedrich Nietzsche and described by ‘Philosophy Today’ as ‘Masterful!’ the film version now being used as a teaching aid in US Universities.
Julian was born in London and started life in the slums of Paddington. His Irish father, Bob, was one of the youngest members of the International Brigade that went to fight against Franco’s invasion of democratic Spain. His mother, Lola, was born in Spain of an Asturian miner who died early of silicosis. She was thereafter brought up in a Catholic orphanage in Oviedo.
Julian started his education at St. Saviours, a church primary school. He went on to Haverstock secondary school, one of the first comprehensive schools in England. His first job was as a junior technician to Professor Peter Medawar’s team, which won the Nobel Prize soon after Julian’s arrival. Not that he claims any credit for that. At night school he passed his ‘A’ level exams and took a Zoology degree at London University. After a year at the Institute of Education, he taught biology before going to the London Film School. On leaving he started a film company with other students. Besides film making, Julian is well known for his Master-classes in Film Directing.
Monty Python’s Terry Jones described Julian as a Polymath.
While still at school, Julian had a daughter, Margarita who was brought up in the family. He then had two further children, Jud and Jessie.