The Second Messiah
Templars, The Turin
Shroud, and the Great Secret of Freemasonry
Christopher Knight and
Continuing with a theory espoused in their earlier work, The Hiram Key, the
authors now suggest that the famous Shroud of Turin, thought for centuries to likely be
the death image of Jesus Christ is actually that of the last Grand Master of the Knights
Templar, Jacques deMolay (someone most historians have said was burned at the
stake!) and that knowledge of this fact has been withheld by English
freemasonry in a supposed service to a Christian agenda. The authors present no factual
evidence for their claims and the Masonic researcher will wonder their charge is not in
response to the cool reception their earlier work received from official Freemasonry.
Casually tossing in phraseology which would give an anti-Mason a treasure trove of
quotations to be used, the authors make reference to 'facts' such as the 'Masonic
resurrection' in attempting to push their theory.
Using the still unproven assumption that the Knights Templars are the
precursors to current Freemasonry (an unsupported claims they made in The
Hiram Key), the authors go on to use such speculation as the claim that tarot cards were used to instruct members.
Buttressing their argument with only the recent carbon-dating of the Shroud, the authors
attempt to give further credibility to their theories by demeaning those who disagree with
them. We'd opine that 'painstaking research' are not words they should attempt to use in
describing this work and, in fact, nearly all of the major texts about the Shroud have
been ignored in this work which both discredits the United Grand Lodge of England and
produces a book clearly designed to attract the mass market buyer.
We recognize that some Masons will find this work of great interest and
will quickly and thoroughly embrace this and any theory which will attempts to tie Freemasonry with ancient
times and noble acts. Such conjecture, however, is not provable fact and cannot be stated as such.
Used copies of the book are easily had for a
dollar. You may want to buy one and see if you think your money was well spent!
(Masonicinfo note: those who're interested in
the Shroud will enjoy the excellent web site titled www.shroud.com created by the Official Documenting Photographer for
the Shroud of Turin Research Project, Inc., (STURP), Not a mention of DeMolay as a 'likely
suspect' appears on the site! You should also check www.shroud.org
where there's some more material of interest.)