Saturday, September 04, 2004

Books: "Holy Blood, Holy Grail"

I found this book to be highly informative but found that it read like a history text at times. What made that o.k. for me is that I know so little about the period of history from the time of Christ up until about 1400. Reading the book in little spurts here and there, I finally finished it, and while not wholly satisfied, I found it to be wonderfully mysterious and thought-provoking.

I don't believe anyone will go to hell for reading this book or for considering some of the authors' theories as actually being possible. For those of you who are the kind of believers who believe your faith becomes stronger through questioning, this will provide fodder for just such a path. For those who are skeptics or agnostics, this book will point up the fact that so little is really known today about what happened so long ago, and that "I don't know and you don't know either" could be a more accurate historical statement about the way things were 2,000 years ago than how history is portrayed in the Bible or other early historical documents.

The authors seem to tend toward what appears to be wild speculation at times, but at one point in the book, I began to think they were simply finding too many coincidences, and that it would not be unreasonable to think that some of what they posit could well be true.

If you are of the mindset that "anything is possible", the authors create a sense of wonder about a very mysterious time in our world's history. Read the book, and take some time to wonder.


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