When the Role is Called Up Yonder there will be many loud sounds.
One of the loudest will be the sound of early Christians coughing up all the words two thousand years worth of theologians have stuffed into their mouths.
There will also be a Silence.
CS Lewis said that “Hell is Noise. In Heaven all is Silence or Music.”
But Lewis’s picture of Silence is wholly different from ours. To us silence is the suspension of thought or communication.
We have all forgotten the period when we developed from one cell to human, and learned to use our five senses, hearing included. The Silence that made us human was not he silence of suspension. It was the Silence of Realization.
ALL of the discussions that I saw of Brown’s The Da Vinci Code consisted of professional theologians rushing to discuss their side and Cultural Marxists rushing to state theirs. Unless you are one of the established and published groups, the two sides, you are ignored.
We’re back to “Why is this information produced?” It is produced, like all press information, by those the press goes to on that particular subject. In such an environment, Newton could not have developed. In such an environment an Ignaz Semmelweis dies in a madhouse, because in the Noise of Experts, no one is noticed if, instead of following the Noise, he follows the Silence of Realization.
What should have hit everybody about the response to The DaVinci Code was not the yelling of pet doctrines and accusations of Heresy. What should have hit everybody was the Silence of Christian Theology.
One reason I think I am generally on the right track is because my thinking on totally different subjects tends to run into itself.
Each century after the original Gospels were first written down you can date the later versions by how completely they are taken up with the late Zoroastrian creed.
The fourth century Gospel of Judas leaves out almost everything that is familiar to us. It has Jesus agreeing with Judas’s absolute definition of “evil” with
“woman.” It has Jesus laughing at the Apostles and telling Judas that the God they are speaking of is “The God of THIS World.”
These are not terms we associate with Christianity. No one notices the silence about this difference. All these denunciations come straight out of late Zoroastrianism.
Or, to put St Paul in a familiar perspective, he added Persian sophistication to Christ’s teachings. Persia appears in both testaments because it was the only Great Alternative throughout the whole period from the early Greek City States, throughout the pagan and Christian Roman Empire, right up until Persia was conquered by Islam.
For at least fifteen centuries Persia was the French to Rome’s Britain, the other Superpower. For fifteen hundred years a Classical intellectual had to understand The Other Half, the other half we see now only in the Magi in the New Testament and the Emperor Cyrus in the Old.
There is no that Jesus advocated the sterility for all that was the cornerstone of Paul’s teachings. In fact, Jesus’ first recorded miracle took place when he
blessed the Wedding at Cana.
But Paul specifically told all young Christian women that they should never marry or beget and should abstain as he had. Sex, Paul told all, was evil, and the only reason a woman should marry is the extreme case where she could not abstain:
“It is better to marry than to burn.” Whether he meant burn with passion or burn in Hell he did not specify.
It is impossible to make this famous doctrine of St. Paul jibe with the Jesus at Cana.
So naturally no one who is publishable or officially an expert is going to MENTION it. The Jesus who hated all mention of sex and equated women with evil could not have been married or have had normal sex. Yet when a novelists makes a case for Jesus being a normal male of his time and place, the Church’s reaction was not shock or denunciation, it was Silence.
When Mommy professor, then or now, is caught with his pants all the way down on the floor, we can only learn the important lessons when we listen to the silence rather than to the noise.