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People generally think of religion and science as two separate forms of knowledge that are in perfect opposition. However, authors James Behan and Leo Behan have researched through centuries-worth of material, both theological and philosophical in nature, bringing to light historical facts which throw a different light on how we perceive religion and science.
The Behan brothers’ book, “The Secret Gospel of Ireland: The Untold Story of How Science and Democracy Descended from a Remarkable Form of Christianity that Developed in Ancient Ireland,” presents in an accessible manner historical facts, philosophical concepts, and theological values. By creating various associations between all these pieces of information, James and Leo Behan explain and illustrate the major role played in history by the ancient Irish people, and how their teachings and beliefs shaped the modern world.
Ancient Romans attempted to civilize and Christianize Ireland, a land which had never been conquered before. As Romans made one last effort to enlarge their dominion and to increase their influence in the West, something truly remarkable happened. The ancient Irish people benefited from a secret form of knowledge, brought all the way from Egypt. This secret knowledge was combined with Christian concepts, thus giving birth to a unique form of Christianity that would later on make science, democracy, and our modern world possible.
It all began with a young native Romanian man who went to Bethlehem. Standing in the Cave of the Nativity – where Christ is said to have been born – the man vowed to join a monastery in Egypt, given that Egyptian monasteries were renowned for how well-organized and disciplined they were. For many years after his arrival in Egypt, the man enjoyed a calm spiritual life in the desert, but then the Egyptian monks were divided by a controversial dilemma: did God have a physical body or was he a being of light like an angel? The man believed that God was a spirit of light, opinion which eventually forced him to flee from Egypt, because the bishop didn’t agree with it. However, before leaving Egypt and heading for Ireland, the man took away with him something of great value, a secret which in the hands of the Irish monks would unlock the ultimate potential of Christianity and the door to modernity.
“The Secret Gospel of Ireland” is an intriguing and thought-provoking read, which nourishes both the mind and the spirit. Authors James and Leo Behan did an admirable job with their research work and the manner in which they presented their findings. Find “The Secret Gospel of Ireland” on Amazon.