Note to Dan Brown Fans: Freemasonry and Christianity Totally Incompatible

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HUMANUM GENUS
ENCYCLICAL OF
POPE LEO XIII
ON FREEMASONRY

… the naturalists go much further; for, having, in the highest things, entered upon a wholly erroneous course, they are carried headlong to extremes, either by reason of the weakness of human nature, or because God inflicts upon them the just punishment of their pride. Hence it happens that they no longer consider as certain and permanent those things which are fully understood by the natural light of reason, such as certainly are – the existence of God, the immaterial nature of the human soul, and its immortality. The sect of the Freemasons, by a similar course of error, is exposed to these same dangers; for, although in a general way they may profess the existence of God, they themselves are witnesses that they do not all maintain this truth with the full assent of the mind or with a firm conviction. Neither do they conceal that this question about God is the greatest source and cause of discords among them; in fact, it is certain that a considerable contention about this same subject has existed among them very lately. But, indeed, the sect allows great liberty to its votaries, so that to each side is given the right to defend its own opinion, either that there is a God, or that there is none; and those who obstinately contend that there is no God are as easily initiated as those who contend that God exists, though, like the pantheists, they have false notions concerning Him: all which is nothing else than taking away the reality, while retaining some absurd representation of the divine nature.

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Dan Brown’s America

Op-Ed Columnist

Dan Brown’s America

By ROSS DOUTHAT

Published: May 18, 2009
The movie treatment of his novel, “Angels and Demons,” is cleaning up at the box office this week. The sequel to “The DaVinci Code,” due out in November, might buoy the publishing industry through the recession. And if you want to understand the state of American religion, you need to understand why so many people love Dan Brown.
 
 It isn’t just that he knows how to keep the pages turning. That’s what it takes to sell a million novels. But if you want to sell a 100 million, you need to preach as well as entertain — to present a fiction that can be read as fact, and that promises to unlock the secrets of history, the universe and God along the way.

Brown is explicit about this mission. He isn’t a serious novelist, but he’s a deadly serious writer: His thrilling plots, he’s said, are there to make the books’ didacticism go down easy, so that readers don’t realize till the end “how much they are learning along the way.” He’s working in the same genre as Harlan Coben and James Patterson, but his real competitors are ideologues like Ayn Rand, and spiritual gurus like Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra. He’s writing thrillers, but he’s selling a theology.

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Do you believe that Jesus is ‘married’ to Mary Magdalene?

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Q: Do you believe that Jesus is ‘married’ to Mary Magdalene?

A: Absolutely not.

Contrary to Dan Brown’s hokey DaVinci Code, the best historical evidence makes St. Mary  Magdalene the wife of Joseph of Arimathea, who was Jesus’ uncle on his mother’s side. That would make Magdalene his aunt … not a potential wife.

Furthermore, Jesus is betrothed to the Church, which is the bride of Christ … not to any specific woman. The betrothal has already been announced, and the wedding is already planned. See the Book of Revelation.

Finally, it is absurd to think that the only begotten son of God would complicate his redemptive mission … a mission that was obviously planned and timed to the split second … by a totally unnecessary and impertinent sexual relationship … with anyone.