Starting from what was, at its time, the most important vision of the Virgin Mary ever to take place in Western Europe, The Virgin and the Pentacle gradually uncovers a virtually unknown war that has been taking place across 1,700 years. This is the story of the battle between the orthodox Catholic Church and Freemasonry, itself the most modern manifestation of a much older religious conflict between patriarchal and matriarchal views of the godhead. Erupting occasionally in violence it is strikingly seem in the opposing visions of the Virgin Mary in the 19th century, which defined the conflicting theological parameters and led to the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception in the 1850s. Underpinning Freemasonic practice is a fraternity that has been active in Europe and beyond since the 4th century. At the heart of the Craft is a very specific social, economic and religious imperative, known only to the highest aspirants. The Virgin and the Pentacle cuts through the accusations that have been showered upon Freemasonry and shows what its true objectives have been from the start. Reading like a whodunit, it is a story of dirty tricks that have included false visions, subterfuge and even murder. The conclusions are stunning and far reaching.
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This book opens a revealing and intriguing set of possibilities. The central theme is that the organisation that is now known as the Freemasons is much older than previously thought-even older than the Knight's Templar-and that this body of (mostly) men has been engaged in a fierce, sometimes even brutal, struggle with the church sionce as early as the 4th century. According to the author, a central figure in this struggle has been the Virgin Mary (as opposed in parallel works such as Brown's, Mary Magdalene) which gives a whole new perspective to the picture, just when some might have felt that the Knights Templar-Mary Magdalene story had been done to death. For those who believe the Masons are part of some secret global elite this book will be a dread confirmation. But there are a growing number who do not see ill but a higher purpose in this hidden role, that being re-establishing the balance between matriarchy and patriarchy in matters of the godhead. In other words, the struggle has been for the equality of the feminine and maculine aspects of the divine, rather than the dominance of either one. Well reserached and thought provoking, this one is definitely worth reading. ~ , Odyssey
The author unfolds the history of the tensions betwen Freemasonry and the Catholic Church, which he sees as reflecting that betwen patriarchal and matriarchal views of the godhead. It is essentially a power struggle that continues to this day. He marshals considerable evidence to make his case, which is a valuable contribution to the relationship betwen inner and outer history. ~ , Scientific and Medical Network Review