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.
In 2006 I created a blog called The Magdalene Review, where I discussed pretty much anything and everything related to Mary Magdalene. One thing I’d forgotten until recently is the tagline I had added to the blog:
Mary Magdalene, n.: A woman who has never been the subject of no controversy
When I discovered in 1997 that Mary Magdalene was never identified in the Bible as a prostitute, I was so intrigued that I started a journey that would take me to places I’d never imagined. I started the website Magdalene.org in 1998 to collect everything I was learning, and reached out to the very few authors I could find who had written about her. I didn’t imagine that anyone else would share my rather singular interest, but to my surprise, there was a burgeoning community with diverse ideas all hungry for more information as well. I started the [magdalene-list] Yahoo Groups email list (which still exists in some form), and got online conversations about Mary Magdalene rolling.