Crash Goes the Da Vinci Code/Part 7
By: The John Ankerberg Show
|By: Dr. Wayne Barber; ©2005|
|Constantine did not convert the world from matriarchal paganism to patriarchal Christianity. Again, history is quite clear about what Constantine did and did not do, and matriarchal paganism was not something that even concerned him.|
by Dr. Ron Rhodes, Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries, P.O. Box 2526, Frisco, TX, 75034. 214-618-0912. www.ronrhodes.org (Used by permission.)
Did Constantine Convert the World from Matriarchal Paganism to Patriarchal Christianity?
DAN BROWN’S POSITION:
“Constantine and his male successors successfully converted the world from matriarchal paganism to patriarchal Christianity by waging a campaign of propaganda that demonized the sacred feminine, obliterating the goddess from modern religion forever.” (Page 124)
THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER:
Constantine did not convert the world from matriarchal paganism to patriarchal Christianity. Again, history is quite clear about what Constantine did and did not do, and matriarchal paganism was not something that even concerned him.
Historical studies have proven that in almost all societies around the world, rule has been patriarchal in nature. This is not to deny the reigns of various queens in some cultures, but by and large, patriarchal rule has been the normal pattern throughout recorded history. This was certainly the case during New Testament times.
It is therefore false to say that the early orthodox Christians overcame “early” matriarchal pagans so that their own “later” version of Christianity would prevail. Such a view involves the worst kind of revisionism, pure and simple. To say there was a campaign to demonize the “sacred feminine”—a view with ZERO historical support—is on a level of those who continue to claim Elvis sightings today.