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The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

THE LOST SYMBOL BY DAN BROWN
Publisher: Bantam Press
Hardback: large print, 505 pages,
ISBN: 9780593054277

AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.danbrown.com/

MY LOCAL LIBRARY:
Minet Library – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Minet-Library-Lambeth-Archives/182910281761857

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NOTE: the origins and early development of Freemasonry are a matter of some debate and conjecture. A poem known as the “Regius Manuscript” has been dated to approximately 1390 and is the oldest known Masonic text. There is evidence to suggest that there were Masonic lodges in existence in Scotland as early as the late 16th century (for example the Lodge at Kilwinning, Scotland, has records that date to the late 16th century, and is mentioned in the Second Schaw Statutes (1599) which specified that “ye warden of ye lug of Kilwynning […] tak tryall of ye airt of memorie and science yrof, of everie fellowe of craft and everie prenteiss according to ayr of yr vocations”). There are clear references to the existence of lodges in England by the mid-17th century.

Weblinks:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freemasonry

http://www.ugle.org.uk/what-is-masonry/

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EXTRACT:

“…What I’m saying is this…two heads are better than one…and yet two heads are not twice better, they are many many times better. Multiple minds working in unison magnify a thought effect… exponentially. This is the inherent power of prayer groups, healing circles, singing in unions and worshipping en masse. The idea of universal consciousness is no ethereal New Age concept. It’s a hard-core scientific reality…and harnessing it has the potential to transform the world. This is the underlying discovery of Noethe Science. What’s more, its happening right now. You can feel it around you. Technology is linking us in ways we never imagined possible. Twitter, Google, Wikipedia and others — all blend to create a web of interconnected minds.”

MY COMMENT:

I agree to a point. For what if it had answered or had made some sort of suspense or thriller element as a sub-context in the book regarding that of about the ‘God-Head’.

As the ‘God Head’ denotes the Divine Nature or Substance, set apart from the Trinity; as the ‘Word’ is set apart in Genesis in the beginning. As the ‘Godhead’ is a ‘substance’ of Divine Nature, that is a part of a Single mind, three into one converged energy, which acts with a Multiple mind purpose.

Then the book would have given another perspective on what the main character Robert Langdon might have explored, as Dan Brown’s theme within this book was regarding science, religion and the Freemason, that of two aspects that can be found to be: ‘transformation’ and ‘transubstantiation’ that is to change in substance as a person as to something beyond oneself.

As the ‘God-Head’ is mentioned in Acts 17:29, Romans 1-20 and Colossians 2:9 from the Wycliffe 1395 bible version and Tyndale 1525 bible version, which specifically gives that word to the reference of ‘Godhead’ that is a Middle English variant of the word ‘godhood’, and the ending ‘-head’, is not connected with the word ‘head’ as in terms of leadership, its something else entirely. Also John Wycliffe introduced the term godhede into the English Bible versions in two places, and, though somewhat archaic, the term survives in modern English because of its use in three places of the Tyndale New Testament (1525) and into the Authorized King James Version of the Bible (1611). For “…while three entities comprise the Godhead (state of being God), they are one in nature, purpose, and thinking (cf. Jn. 14: 8-11)…” it is mentioned within this book a similar premise; the Freemasons creed, the universal consciousness and the Noetic science.

Weblinks:

http://www.bibletruths.net/great%20truths/gt01.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noetic_theory

And I’d say that just because the ‘Godhead’ hasn’t been delved into as much by authors, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist, just that its been sidelined in the realm of explored research and theories, and it could’ve tied into science, the Freemasons and religion within this book, and that is because as far as I know, the ‘Godhead’ doesn’t have a symbol, therefore its lost, and you’d have thought it would, being that everything else does of somekind, with an associated attribute of a symbolic classification, that started in the Age of Enlightenment during the 17th century, and they overlooked this one element?

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The Lost Book of Salem by Katherine Howe

THE LOST BOOK OF SALEM BY KATHERINE HOWE
Publisher: Penguin Books
Hardback, large print, 459 pages,
ISBN: 9781408430538

AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://katherinehowe.com/

SOURCE FROM: Library Collection

MY LOCAL LIBRARY:

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NOTE: the word Salem means in the Book of Genesis, ‘Salem’ is a name of place in which Melchizedek is king. Genesis 14:18 and in the KJV bible it renders this as “Melchizedek king of Salem, the priest of the most high God (El Elyon).” The Hebrew root Salem means “whole, complete” in the idiomatic sense of “at peace”.

Weblink: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Names_of_Jerusalem
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MY REVIEW:

The book was good. Instead of being written in just English though, it had the American dialect of New England, as well as the Old English from the 16th century to contend with when reading this book, so you had to be abit of an imagined linguist of being able to put each character and setting part into the context of the narrative. As as that of the Salem Witches stories within the book were written in Old English, that of the New England dialect, which even the main character had difficulty understanding what was being said to her in that twang, but then you relaxed when it got to the 20th century English language that is well understood currently.

My interest was peaked in trying to work out the motive for the Witch hunts, as we had learnt just some of this from my history class when it came to the Reformation and how the Witches were caught up in this, so much so that I thought I’d put my own theory forward:

THE MOTIVE FOR THE WITCH HUNT

The motive for the witch hunt goes back in history to Margery Kempe (1373-1438) who made a pilgrimage during 1413, going to the shrine of St. Thomas a Becket in Canterbury. At a local Monastery, a monk challenged her, asking what she knew of God, and she answered that she knew. The monk asked her to name his secret sin, and she replied “Lechery.” He was taken aback, and asked “With single women or married.” “Married,” she replied, and he cried, “She is a right holy woman!”

Weblink: http://www.vlib.us/medieval/lectures/margery.html

Now what if this piece of verbal exchange certainly carried around Britain as gossip, as the Kempe woman was examined in public by the Monk within earshot of others, and therefore God’s secret sin was no more a secret then. And any woman of certain social class wanted to be the next Mary, that God sought for sexual liaisons, and if not him the next best would’ve been Christ. And what if then God could be entrapped by ‘cunning women’ feared the human men, they’d see this as an affront to their masculinity also, although I guess not much has changed from this thought in Western society. The outcome?

Forward to 1692, and what if the educated women of Salem, got to know what the town name of Salem meant in Hebrew, that is being God, whole and complete and in peace. The townspeople would all have had differing motives: rivalry at its very worse and sexual competition. The males wanting to show God how virtuous they were, the young females how innocent they were, and older women how righteous they were. All stated in this novel ‘the lost Book of Salem’ through the character of Deliverance Dane, a God fearing woman.

And although the main character Connie was able to read peoples’ outward manifestations of impression and expression, she couldn’t read their inner motives. But the accused witch Deliverance Dane could, on pages 311 and 402 as to the given examples within the book without resorting to spellbinding, for she was a healer only.

So why the witch-hunt in a far-off place such as Salem, New England, says it in the name really and in the behaviour of the residence back then. They wanted to root God in time and in that location, they did an incantation that went wrong, and didn’t want to reverse it, if God could be kept among them, but wait, healing women could free God, that was a risk they couldn’t take, for the Holy Ghost has many benign gifts that he empowers females with as beknown, hence only those that were visibly in their spiritual gifts were charged; the healing women accused of witchcraft being put to death by hanging.

I truly believe that no-one really believed that the Holy Spirit exists, for it astounds me that no-one asked for his help and some still don’t today. But there is a clue within the book of the Holy Ghost’s presence being that of the ability of ‘Divination’ which includes ‘prayer intentions’ such as:

Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God
Do not forget the helpless.
Why does the wicked man revile God?
Why does he say to himself,
“He won’t call me to account?”
But you, O God, do see trouble and grief;
You consider it to take it in hand.
The victim commits himself to you;
You are the helper of the fatherless.
Call him to account for his wickedness
That would not be found out.
The Lord is King forever and ever;
Your hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted;
You encourage them, and you listen to their cry
Defending the fatherless and the oppressed
In order that those who are of the earth,
may terrify no more.

(Psalm 10 v.12-18)

And mentioned in the book on page 374 of “…Will? It was not quite, but almost. Intention. In the book it was called variously ‘technick, crafte and authoritie.’ So there would’ve been no need for persecutions

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