Boothby171 asked:

"the Bridge to Total Freedom, through which members gain eternal life." Wouldn't it be far more correct to have said, "the Bridge to Total Freedom, through which members are said to gain eternal life."??

Mark Filiatreau I would say the "are said to" is strongly implied by the context--the context of the entire book, which covers members' beliefs. If the phrase were required here it would be required throughout and bog down the book.
Boothby171 Mark,

Understood. Just being anal retentive.
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