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"The Secret Gospel of Ireland is a strong addition to international history collections with a focus on Christianity and the West." -The Midwest Book Review

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At the dawn of the fifth century, a man fled the Egyptian desert with something so powerful that it would forever change the course of history.

He was a holy man who served God for many years in the monasteries of Egypt.  When he was a young man, perhaps not even twenty years old, he traveled from his native Romania to Bethlehem where he joined a monastery.  One day, while standing in the Cave of the Nativity where Christ was said to have been born, he vowed to go to Egypt. The monasteries of Egypt were reputed to be the most disciplined in the world, the best place for a young man to get closer to God like that first Christian ascetic John the Baptist.

He had lived a holy and spiritual life in the Egyptian desert for many years when the monks of Egypt became fiercely divided by controversy.  The issue was whether God had a body like a man or was a spiritual being like an angel.  The holy man said God was a purely spiritual being like an angel.  But the bishop of Alexandria disagreed.  He held with those monks who believed God had a body like a man because, the bishop reasoned, man was made in God's image.  And those who opposed the bishop faced the very bodily threat of persecution.  So the holy man fled Egypt.

But like Moses and the ancient Israelites, persecution would prove to be providential. For this holy man carried something out of the Egyptian desert--from Alexandria to Constantinople to Rome and finally to Marseilles--which, in the hands of the monks in Ireland, would unlock the awesome potential of the Christian faith and open the door to our modern world.

In The Secret Gospel of Ireland, authors James and Leo Behan tell the remarkable story of how Western civilization was forever changed when worlds collided in ancient Ireland. Journey with them--from Egypt to ancient Rome to Ireland and back again to Europe--to learn the secret that gave birth to science, democracy, and the very world in which we live.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Skywest Publishing (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985458305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985458300
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Behan is a graduate of Harvard Law School and holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a lawyer who specializes in international business transactions and has practiced law in cities throughout the United States and abroad, including New York, Tokyo, Palo Alto, and Chicago. He possesses a deep interest in the relationship between science and religion, as well as a passion for golf, which he enjoys sharing with his wife and family.

Leo Behan is a graduate of Boston College Law School and holds a degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a lawyer and a military veteran, having served in the United States Air Force JAG Corps. He is passionate about history and philosophy, as well as classical guitar.

James and Leo are brothers who originally hail from the San Francisco Bay Area. They have inherited their love of Ireland and the Irish from their father, who immigrated to America from Ireland many years ago.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By John P. lavelle on February 24, 2013
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I had previously read How the Irish Saved Civilization and thought that it was amazing. This book is superior and stands alone as the most amazing book on how the western world was developed. The two brothers who authored this book surely are most proud of their heritage and after reading this all Irish should find pride also. The concept that learning and thought were so closely associated with the monasteries of Ireland and that they spread throughout Western Europe during the dark ages by virtue of the monks that left Ireland to educate and evangelize is one that is familiar to many. The connections to the many changes in the Catholic Church and in the political make up of Europe that was caused by this learning and evangelization is well explained and documented. The emerald isle stands alone as the main force in the development of Western Europe as well as the modern day faith of the Roman Catholic church. This book will make the reader think deeply about the owrld we live in today and the ways in which that world evolved. A well written and thought provoking book that I highly recommend.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Douglas McCoy on January 12, 2013
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The Secret Gospel of Ireland does not concern itself so much with Ireland proper as with an Irish idea that wove itself throughout history across Africa and Europe, ultimately effecting the modern western world. If you like history but didn't pay much attention in history class (as I do and didn't), then this is a great book for you as it covers a lot of names you are probably familiar with but don't really know, names like Augustine, Pelagius, Thomas Aquinas, WIlliam of Ockham, Martin Luther, and Thomas Hobbes (just to name a few). If you like easy reads, this is also a good book for you as it is not that complex (some parts are difficult because the ideas are difficult, but the writing will not be over your head). Overall, it will take the whole book to see how the Irish ideas resulted in modern science and democracy, as the subtitle says, but you will get there, and when you do, you will be enlightened. You will also be entertained and educated along the way. Highly recommend.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A seeker of understanding on January 26, 2013
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I just finished Secret Gospel of Ireland. This book is very well written and most enlightening about the relationship between Christianity and Ireland. A sign of a fine book for me is that I cannot stop thinking about it and want to go back and reread it. That is the way I feel about this book. Thank you to the authors.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By JSPAT on February 25, 2013
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I am currently reading the book. I must say I love it. Very well researched. Easy to understand and enjoyable.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Maria on April 25, 2013
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One of the things which some people here in India love to tell me is that: 'your Christianity is only two thousand years old, while our Hinduism is over five thousand years old'. As if Hinduism, being more ancient, somehow has more legitimacy than the Christian faith. So the first thing I always say when I hear something like that is that the roots of Christianity reach further back than two thousand years until the beginnings of mankind. The Old Testament which traces the history of mankind's fall and God's gathering of the Children of Israel to be His people goes back into the mists of time and if age validates religion, then the Judaeo-Christian faith would not be found wanting. However, I'm not in competition with anyone to prove 'my' faith is better than theirs. I've heard the message of Jesus Christ and I believe in it. Amen.

The life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ was the culmination of God's promises to his Chosen People throughout Old Testament times. When the Saviour was born and made the ultimate Sacrifice, all the promises of the Old Testament were fulfilled. The first followers of Christ ('Christians' as they became known) were in fact members of the Israelite (Jewish) community. But that community, as a whole, did not accept Jesus as the promised Messiah (Saviour) even though there are Jewish followers of Jesus today, known as Messianic Jews. The early Christians, being Jewish or Greek converts to Judaism, simply explained the Christian message in terms of the Jewish/Israelite vision, that man disobeyed God and fell from grace. God made a Covenant with Israel and promised to send a Saviour. They accepted that message and were absorbed into the early Church, which is the collective term for Christians.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kayak Jay on May 2, 2013
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As a long term student of early religion, I have read many of the books and papers that play a role in this story. Yet I hadn't made the connection of how the continuing development of philosophy has led from the idea of kings ruling by divine right to the notion of a democracy where the people control their government. The authors do a brilliant job of summarizing the ideas of each philosopher or theologian, and showing how these ideas advanced the forms of both religion and government. The evolution of western civilization is explained for all to see. While Ireland is only one of the elements in the story, it provided a critical idea that transformed early religion, and led to all that followed. Because Ireland was never a part of the Roman Empire, and escaped being converted to the Roman religion for an extended period, It was the breeding grounds for concepts that shook the Roman Church to its foundations. This book is a must read for all students of government and religion.
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