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Re: Following the Ark of the Covenant

Dear Katherine:
I second and third and fourth your remarks.
Our story is a wild and woolly one and it has so much going for it that it
does not need the highly speculative things to be taken on board whole
without some critical thinking.  All that appears between book covers is
not, by that fact, true.
On the other hand nugget hunting is fun.
There is no intrinsic problem with getting excited over mummies in Utah but
there is a problem if we make it true for us and later find it faked.   Then
those who want to discard the rest of our story are given serious ammunition
to shoot us out of the sky as a bunch of gullible self-servers who make
history what they want it to be rather than what it is.
Caution is definitely warranted but I too will no doubt find the book and
put it my collection.
-----Original Message-----
From: Katherine Kurtz <kkurtz@iol.ie>
To: sinclair@matrix.net <sinclair@matrix.net>
Date: Thursday, March 01, 2001 1:10 PM
Subject: Following the Ark of the Covenant

>Dear Sinclairs,
>Just a note of caution re the following book mentioned in a recent
>'Following the Ark of The Covenant'-The Treasure of God
>> by Kerry Ross Boren ( assisted Alex Haley with research on his books
>ROOTS and QUEEN ) and Lisa Lee Boren
>> published by Bonneville Books and distributed by CFI ( Cedar Fort ,
>> ISBN: 2-55517-459-0
>> The book has genealogies of the Sinclair's. Has articles about the
>Knights Templars, The Rosslyn Sinclairs, The Gunn family. It also has
>references to a Sinclair connection to Joseph Smith the
>founder/Prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and
>his ancestors
>> The most fascinating discovery is that of Brewers Cave in Utah,
>where there was discovered a Templar Knight mummified- The book states
>that the mummy is thought to be of the Gunn/Sinclair clan ! ! ! !
>I've not seen this book--though, as some one profoundly interested
>both in Templars and Sinclairs, I would love for it to be true--but
>readers perhaps should exercise a bit of caution on this one.  I know
>nothing about the authors, Boren and Boren, but the fact that he
>assisted Haley in his Roots and Queen research is not necessarily a
>strong credential.  As I recall, Haley later admitted that much of at
>least Roots was totally invented, not fact at all.  As for an LDS
>connection, well....it <could> be true, though I would be extremely
>dubious about a Templar mummy in Utah.  (This would put Europeans all
>the way across North America a good two centuries earlier than anyone
>thinks--which <could> be true, but....)
>But like many folk, I will probably buy the book, if I can find it,
>just to see what the authors have to say.  Most books of this sort
>will contain at least one or two true nuggets.... ;-)
>Katherine D.T. Kurtz
>(The D.T. stands for Doubting Thomas)
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