Fruehling, Robert Bruce. The Revelation of King Arthur: Deceit, Intrigue, and the Guards’ Account. Enumclaw: WinePress Publishing, 2009. 180 pp. $19.95. Purchase at Amazon for $15.56 or less.
NOTE: For those who are arriving to this review via Mr. Ortiz’s website, grailcode.net., please be aware that his allegations of Mr. Fruehling’s book as being stolen research is an unfounded claim at best and a reckless charge that could very well lead to defamation of character charges. This is simply a review of a book. I, the reviewer, have no dog in this fight and have refused Mr. Ortiz from commenting on this website due to his vitriolic rhetoric and non-Christlike attitude. In response to all the concern about the anti-christ, I would simply remind everyone that John 10:27 reminds us that we will know the voice of Christ and therefore will not be duped by the powers of the Devil. Look to Christ!
Robert Fruehling, an ordained pastor, currently ministers through aviv Ministries though I cannot find out much about this ministry. What I do know is that he received and undergrad degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and his M.Div from Ashland Theological Seminary all based in the state of Ohio.
The summary of this book is short and sweet and to the point: every heresy that has ever been told regarding the resurrection of Jesus Christ is rooted in Matthew 28:11-15 where the guards of the tomb were paid by the religious leaders to lie about what happened. He spends the first few chapters showing how easily deceived we are as a human race. He does so in a convincing fashion (and know I was not duped!). Fruehling then argues that every “story” (from the swoon theory to the Christ’s actual death) of Jesus’ resurrection (or so-called resurrection as the case may be in these heresies) is based upon this passage.
However one understands the importance of Matthew 28:11-15, Fruehling takes it a step further in showing how it actually is the seed bed for one of the greatest legends of all time in King Arthur and his “side-kick,” Merlin. He believes that there are markers all over the literary landscape that point to this conclusion. He writes on page 134, “When secular writers mirror what is written in Scripture, perhaps we should give more than just a passing look.” He does just that in The Revelation of King Arthur.
Basically, the lineage of King Arthur is purported to lead back to Jesus Christ which means, ultimately, that Jesus did not die. Rather, Jesus ran off to France or Spain or somewhere in western Europe with Mary Magdalen and had children. If that is too fantastic for someone to believe (because the tomb was, in fact, empty), then people can readily assume Jesus had impregnated Mary Magdalen before his crucifixion. You get the picture.
Next, he shows how the King Arthur lineage (if there is one, but remember we can be easily tricked into believing just about anything) will, in his estimation, play a major role in the revealing of the anti-Christ. Admittedly, this begins to sound a bit far-fetched, but he does substantiate his claims with historical analysis of the legend and its role in past monarchies.
The book concludes with an apologetic (defense) as to why we should not look to anything or anyone other than the Christ Jesus of the Holy Bible. He alone crucified, dead, buried, and resurrected can give us any hope in this world and in the world to come life.
Ok, I am not going to tee off on this book or the author. While some would chalk Fruehling up to being a “quack” (and believe me, many who I talked to while reading this book did), I think he actually may be on to something. I honestly had never really thought of Matthew 28: 11-15 as the genesis for all of the resurrection heresies. Too be honest, I always wrote it off as people playing games with themselves to do anything so that they do not have to believe the obvious evidence before them.
I do not know much about the legend of King Arthur–outside of a round table and Lancelot and Guinevere. Fruehling aids the readers understanding of the legend while also showing how the legend has been argued to be based on an actual person. This “person,” it is said, is a distant child of Jesus Christ. Thus, the importance of being able to prove the existence of King Arthur and one’s own claim to his family tree would easily set this person up as a world leader of “divine” proportions.
The one area I completely disagree with Fruehling on is his attack on The Inklings–a group of four men who met regularly to discuss their writings. These four men were Charles Williams, Owen Barfield, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien. In essence, he calls these four men occultists or at the very least, as having occultic leanings. He then calls out those who have argued against J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series while at the same time holding to the genius of both Lewis and Tolkien. It is his estimation that Lewis and Tolkien have done more harm to Christianity than good.
His argument, while making sense, gives more of a feel that he has an ax to grind rather than a point to make. Furthermore, I did not see clearly how these four authors (five if you count Rowling) have anything to do with King Arthur let alone the end times argument he is making.
The chapter on Lewis, Tolkien, and company, not withstanding, I actually enjoyed reading The Revelation of King Arthur. It helped me to think a little outside the box and even helped me to understand the importance of Matthew 28:11-15. While some would argue otherwise, I think his book is worth reading. If anything, you will have a deeper appreciation of the legend of King Arthur than you had before.
Your certainly not going to agree with everything (I didn’t) but he will get you thinking a bit harder and a lot more different than you have in the past. Any book that can do that while pointing the reader to faith in Christ is a worthwhile book in my estimation.