It’s The Goddess, Stupid!
The more I hear experts and pundits rattle on about Gnostic heresies, the more I wonder if any of them have actually read The Da Vinci Code. Oxford don Peter Conrad lays plain what I have said from the beginning. The popularity of DVC isn’t about obscure Christian sects, its about the divine feminine.
“Most thrillers detonate explosives; the bomb in The Da Vinci Code is a speculative theory about religious history, which – when Langdon and the other code-breakers let it go off – blasts God to smithereens. The book argues that Christianity is based on a misogynistic lie. Unseating the belligerent God of Hosts, it coaxes us to worship the Goddess – to tumble into the lap of ‘the lost sacred feminine’. This gynocratic deity is located in the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci. The bewitching smirk of the Mona Lisa belongs to her, as do the cascading tears of Mary Magdalene, the prostitute who (according to Brown’s decipherment of the code) is Christ’s wife, the mother of his child, the legitimate inheritor of his church, and also – disguised in drag to impersonate St John – his tablemate in Leonardo’s Last Supper.”
Conrad goes on to explain the long history of attempts to insert the divine feminine into a Christian context.
“Brown expects us to gasp when he identifies the Holy Grail – the vessel that carries Christ’s sacramental blood – as the fertile womb of the Magdalene. But Wagner advanced the same thesis in the 1870s, and staged it in the sacrilegious Mass in his opera Parsifal: a phallic spear wielded by the Christ-like hero is the means of impregnation, and the fruitful, uterine Grail glows with a lambent light. DH Lawrence told the same story in The Man Who Died, and during the 1940s Robert Graves wrote a novel about the sex life of Christ, King Jesus. The judge threw out the legal case for plagiarism brought against Brown by the authors of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail because such heresies have been the common currency of mythomanes for decades.”
Let me tell you, if this was merely about a Christian heresy (like the recent Gospel of Judas hype) it wouldn’t be this big. Nor would it draw forth such extreme ire. Why else would Christian scriptwriter Barbara Nicolosi try to compare DVC/Christian dialogue with the Roman pagan persecution of Christians?
“I have heard several fellow Christians make the claim that DVC DVC is “a great opportunity for evangelism.” ‘Hmmm… Evangelism. I don’t think you know what that word means.’ The climate of evangelism is not consistent with a posture of defiance and cynicism. Is slander an opportunity? Is angry superiority an opportunity? DVC represents all the “opportunity” that the Roman persecutions offered the early Church. Rah.”
I love it when members of the largest faith in America rattle on about “persecution” don’t you? The fact is that no imbalance can last forever. While the dominant monotheisms still have the lion’s share of power and influence, they all see the cracks in the plaster and the weeds growing up through the pavement. The divine feminine is the elephant in the room that everyone is (still) trying ignore.
It isn’t that Jesus had sex, it isn’t the mysterious gnostic sects, it isn’t about hatred of the Catholic Church, and it certainly isn’t due to Dan Brown’s skill as a writer, it’s the goddess, stupid.