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E-mail from Michael Roll to Lyn G de Swarte, February 28, 2003

Lyn G de Swarte was editor of Psychic News until June 2003.

Friday 28th February 2003

The Arthur Findlay College
Stansted Hall
CM24 8UD

Dear Lyn,

In 1933 Arthur Findlay did indeed subtitle his book "The Rock of Truth" Spiritualism The Coming World Religion. However, it was after this date that he started to make his deep study of the history of people on this planet.

He quickly came to the same conclusion as the American philosopher Gore Vidal that it's the one-god religions that are easily the greatest disaster ever to be inflicted on the human race. He makes it very clear that dabbling in religion, taking any notice of priests, mullahs and rabbis divides people into warring camps who end up hating each other. In 1947 he published his history of mankind "The Curse of Ignorance" and ends with this plea to future generations:

"We have a choice of two paths, one is the secular way (non religious) and the other is the theological (religious); one is the democratic and the other the despotic; one is the sane and the other the insane."

Findlay's great hero Thomas Paine gives a prophetic warning in his banned masterpiece that was published in 1794 "The Age of Reason":

"All national institutions of religion appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and to monopolise power and profit."

Today we only have to turn on our televisions to see the result of what happens when people refuse to think for themselves. Voltaire got it spot on:

"People who believe absurdities commit atrocities."

From now on let's follow philosophers - thinkers, and not the priests - believers.

Michael Roll

Related material on this site:

The Curse of Ignorance by Arthur Findlay (1947), published in two volumes, and details of some of Findlay's other works.

This is the true history of mankind, totally different to the pack of lies taught in a country where the Church and state are established. This passage sums up just how badly the British people have been deceived:

"Such, however, is still [the Church's] influence that this book, which tells the story of the past honestly and fearlessly, will be kept out of our schools and universities by the authorities, and consequently, only in later life will those with enquiring minds discover the truth."

Findlay finishes with a call to the people of the world to throw off the shackles of priestcraft, to make a choice between two paths:

"One is the Secular way (non religious) and the other is the Theological (religious); one is the Democratic and the other the Despotic; one is the sane and the other the insane."

Publications by Ron Pearson

Related material on other sites:

Thomas Paine links