After writing the last post I wanted to find out more about Jonathan Black and his book (which I am now 160 pages into and enjoying – more later when I reach the end – it’s a remarkable and unusual book). I found a scathing review about it on salon.com by Laura Miller that ended amusingly. And here is what one commentator noted after reading her piece:
As a Master Mason and son of one of an extremely well-known and highly advanced member of Scottish Rite Freemasonry (who was also for most of his life a practicing Christian Scientist but finally got cured of it) I found this article a huge breath of fresh air.
I also found the last sentence or so of the piece profoundly insightful and perhaps even worthy of an initiate of one or more of the interrelated “secret” societies which actually serve some useful function, specifically this:
“Most people will still choose to believe in something ‘more,’ whether it’s the ninefold [she means eightfold] path of the Buddha or the pillars of Islam or pyramid power. Chances are that whatever they choose will sound ridiculous to anyone who doesn’t also believe. That’s something religion has always had in common with sex: If you’re not into it, it looks silly. Which explains why all the really clever people do it behind closed doors.”
Religion has a lot in common with sex. The purest religion does not separate itself from sex at all. In this remarkably prurient yet puritanical culture of ours, it really is clever to keep both strictly sub rosa. More fun, too. AJCalhoun
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