August 15, 2009
THE SACRED FEMININE
The Da Vinci Code is a 596--page mystery thriller with very little story and lots of chasing, coding, deciphering, and hiding. I ignored it when it was first released. However, a dear friend was profoundly affected by reading this fictional contrivance, so I decided the time had come to check it out.
I did not read for pleasure since chase stories are tedious to me. Also, I resent fiction that is overly imaginative and not carefully researched when it is based on historical events.
Nevertheless, I leave to others the book's questions about Jesus having been married to Mary Magdalene. To me the whole idea is ridiculous, as is the idea that the Catholic Church has been killing descendants of Jesus for centuries. Besides, there are plenty of well-researched articles on the internet that point out the historical errors behind these claims in The Da Vinci Code.
But I have seen nothing in The Da Vinci Code articles and reviews that called special attention to the elements of the story that have disturbed my sleep for the past several nights.
First, let me remind you that works of fiction can have a profound effect on real events if the author knows how to hit the emotional hot buttons of large numbers of readers. Two of the best examples are Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe and Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy.
I expect The Da Vinci Code could have even greater impact. Wikipedia states that 60.5 million copies are in print in 44 languages. Impressive! The score for my books is no more than 20 thousand.
Small wonder that no matter what I have written in the past 40 years people still allow their children to be indoctrinated by social 'science.'
The Da Vinci Code is about religions. Christianity, especially Catholic Christianity, is the book's bad religion. Ancient paganism and fetishism are the good religions.
When we first meet the female character, Sophie Neveu, she had been alienated from the murder victim, her grandfather, for ten years. As we learn later the alienation was due to her shock and dismay when she made a surprise visit during spring break and observed her grandfather taking part in an ancient sex ritual. Amid a circle of swaying and chanting men and women, wearing black and white robes and matching masks, grandfather, lay naked on his back on a low altar copulating with a silver-haired woman as she gyrated and chanted above him. As the sexual climax was being reached, the chanting and movements of the crowd became louder and faster as if all were in some kind of trance.
The lead character, Robert Langdon, explained the scene to Sophie. She really should not have been shocked. This was not sex! No? What was it? It was worship! (See pages 404-410)
"By communing with woman," Langdon said, "man could achieve a climactic instant when his mind went totally blank and he could see God."
Talking about the ancient origins of the ceremony Langdon explained, "The ability of the woman to produce life from her womb made her sacred. A god . . . What you saw was not about sex, it was about spirituality."
That is about the worst seduction line I have ever heard. Would you expect anyone to fall for that line? NO. But they do! Reading this part of The Da Vinci Code one can understand why WORld ManagerS (WORMS for short) promote sociological sex education in the schools. Most parents would fail to teach sacred sex as a ritualized spectator sport. Parents would also fail to teach that the mind must be emptied to enable man to see God. This is the way some cults are formed. It is also similar to the teachings many sex educators and of Abraham Maslow in his book Religion, Values and Peak Experiences.
What about Mary Magdalene? Where does her status as god fit in?
To understand the motive for this we must first return to what Auguste Comte wrote the early 1850s in his System of Positive Polity.
"In a word the new doctrine will institute the worship of Woman, publicly and privately, in a far more perfect way than has ever before been possible. It is the first permanent step towards the worship of Humanity." Vol. I, P. 205.
"By substituting goddesses for gods, we sanction the legitimate preeminence of women." Vol. 4, P. 446.
So look what happened in the 1970s and later:
HEADLINE--A GODDESS INSTEAD OF A GOD? John Dart, LA Times Service, Santa Cruz, Calif. -- Nearly 400 women picked different notes and held them, catching their breaths at different times so the sound droned unabated for five minutes . . .The hymnic call was to the Goddess. . .Later in the day, encouraged by the beat of bongo drums, spontaneous groups of circling women danced bare breasted in scenes suggestive of frolicking wood nymphs.
The occasion was a university extension course, 'The Great Goddess Re-emerging,' a three day program . . . Although the lectures were mostly academic, the gathering had the spirit of a feminist rally and the Contact of an encounter weekend.
A religious phenomenon virtually unknown outside feminist circles, 'goddess consciousness,' will be widely known in three to five years, predicted Carol Christ of San Jose State University's women's studies program.
The official instructor for the UC Santa Cruz course and holder of a PH.D. in religious studies from Yale, Ms. Christ described the rationale for the new attention to goddess images: "Religions centered on the worship of a male God keep women in a childish state of psychological dependence on men and male authority, while at the same time legitimizing the political and social authority of fathers and sons in the institutions of society.
Even people who say they no longer believe in God or participate in Christian or Jewish groups still may not be free of the power of the symbolism of God the Father. Symbol systems cannot simply be rejected, they must be replaced." . . .
The goddess movement is also called the womenspirit movement. What is considered its first major gathering was a conference attended by about 1200 women at the University of Massachusetts in late 1975. -- MILWAUKEE JOURNAL, Sunday, April 30, 1978.
HEADLINE: CRITICS BLAST WOMEN'S CONFERENCE; Terry Matingly, Scripps Howard News -- The chapel service began with a hymn to the goddess Sophia, who "ordains what God will do. "
Then a feminist preached a joyful sermon describing the flight of traditionalists from her church when she offered the Lord's Supper in the name of the goddess. But theologian Thomas Oden knew he was in a bind when the worshipers were invited to the altar--in the name of Sophia.
"I wondered if I was in a place where some Lord other than Jesus Christ was being worshiped," he said, recalling that service last year at the Theology School at Drew University.
Oden slipped out before communion was served. Afterwards, he was one of the first Protestant leaders to protest the advent of "Sophia" worship. Few church people listened.
They're listening now. Tempers are rising in many pews as news reports spread about a "Re-Imagining" conference in Minneapolis that blended Eastern spirituality, lesbian liberation and feminist attacks on patriarchy . . . a "milk and honey" liturgy praising "Sophia, Creator God" was used during the "Re-Imagining" conference. It included poetic lines that will be quoted in church debates for years to come.
'Our sweet Sophia, we are women in your image, with nectar between our thighs we invite a lover, we birth a child. . We celebrate the fingertips vibrating upon the skin of a love. We celebrate the tongue which licks a wound or wets our lips. We celebrate . . . the sensation of pleasure, our oneness with earth and water.". . .
Today, the only heresy on many campuses is traditional Christianity, he said. The "Re-Imaging" conference was a glimpse inside many seminary walls.
"I see few signs of repentance . . . Some schools have so much endowment that they can thumb their noses at regular church people." STUART NEWS, February 2, 1994.
So we see that goddess worship of the ancients had entered our society long before Dan Brown wrote The Da Vinci Code. What did that book have to contribute to the religion of the social science WORMS? The final page of the Epilogue reveals it:
"The quest for the Holy Grail is the quest to kneel before the bones of Mary Magdalene. A journey to pray at the feet of the outcast one.
"With a sudden upswelling of reverence Robert Langdon fell to his knees.
"For a moment, he thought he heard a woman's voice . . . the wisdom of the ages . . . whispering up from the chasms of the earth."
The Da Vinci Code gives the new world order a personal god, Mary Magdalene, and a connection with Jesus to drag the churches into the past.
QUESTION: How many will betray the TRUTH to follow this fiction?
ANSWER: All who have not received the Holy Ghost, The Conforter, The Spirit Of Truth within; those who to their own peril blaspheme The Holy Ghost and will not be forgiven.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:26
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. John 14:16-17
But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: John 15:26
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Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. Matthew 12:31-32
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Erica Carle is an independent researcher and writer. She has a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin. She has been involved in radio and television writing and production, and has also taught math and composition at the private school her children attended in Brookfield, Wisconsin. For ten years she wrote a weekly column, "Truth In Education" for WISCONSIN REPORT, and served as Education Editor for that publication.