In late 2005, I felt a need to write a personal manifesto to address concerns I had about attitudes taken within the Mary Magdalene “community” (which I loosely define as anyone who has a strong interest in MM and is vocal about it). After seven years of communicating with people all across the spectrum of perspectives, and after so many questions about where I stood, the manifesto was my best attempt to answer.
Now, twelve years later, I’ve taken a look at it with fresh eyes and have found that it is still an accurate representation of my personal stance.
1. As a general rule, I dislike ‘conspiracy’ as an historical theory.
2. I believe in defending history, critical thinking, and rigorous scholarship.
3. I am skeptical of revisionism but am willing to entertain new ideas.
4. I do not believe that history is predicated on what what is spiritually meaningful.
5. I believe that a spiritual agenda often compromises one’s judgement of history.
6. I believe it is important to make a distinction between truth and fact.
7. I believe that a fact is something that is known to have existed or occured.
8. I believe that factual probability must be judged by the credibility and reliability of the witness.
9. I believe that truth is an indication of archetypal resonance.
10. I believe that truths are universal and that they may be interpreted differently by each individual through the lens of his or her own life experience.
11. I believe mythology is based in truth, but not necessarily historical fact.
12. I believe that mythology is a valid foundation for spirituality.
13. I believe that everyone is entitled to their own reasons for an interest in Mary Magdalene, and that they need not be spiritual in nature.
14. I believe that everyone is entitled to their own spiritual vision of Mary Magdalene, and that they cannot be told that it is wrong.
15. Spiritually, I draw inspiration from Hermetic, Platonic and Neo-platonic philosophy, Christianity, and Gnosticism.