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Rational Religion by Tony Sunderland takes us on a journey of discovery back in time into the origins of religious rituals and faith. Could the embodiment of an all-powerful being to both the Catholic church and the secretive organization of the Freemasons have major similarities? Tony Sunderland takes us back to the Neolithic times to examine their culture where religious rituals were combined with the seasons; the placements of the stones in early monuments such as Gobekli Tepe and Stonehenge 5000 years later substantiate this. The significance of obelisks to both the Freemasons and the Catholic church are explained in depth. Discover the history behind the signs and symbols that could reveal a fresh new perspective on the story of Jesus, where the bigger picture is a personal awareness of man and not a spiritual entity. The author looks to the scriptures and the writing of St. Paul in an attempt to comprehend who Jesus was and what his mission entailed. The author also questions why Freemasonry has become so influential in the West and what are their core values and teachings?
I absolutely love any book that questions the usual narrative and takes the time to unravel the history of such a secretive and little known organization as the Freemasons. I found the historical links between ancient Egypt and Freemasonry absolutely enthralling. The comparisons made between the teachings of the Jewish faith and those of Qumran, which took their teachings from the recently discovered Dead Sea scrolls was truly fascinating. Rational Religion by Tony Sunderland takes a detailed, well-researched and educated look at the origins of faith. I totally agree that the power of a divine being is within us all to make choices based on free will and not the idea that a God has the ultimate control. This book is an amazing read and has been such education and revelation to me.