Reading the news yesterday, I found this article about Harvard saying “The New Chief Chaplain at Harvard? An Atheist” by Emma Goldberg. I passed the day and went to sleep, when this article woke me up with a question: Is this political Judaism?
Something has been bothering me for a while which maybe is related to Judaism, to the role of architecture in Constantinople, to the sense of justice and the way a sense of justice has influenced the religions. I woke up saying: “the Jews say that they were the first and the Muslims say they’re the last”…. I think I am just in the middle.
In 2017, I started to blog on religion and especially women and sexuality in religion to try to analyse my feelings and my understanding of the history of religion. In a sense I believe in something and I am defiant at the same time. I needed to understand where my defiance comes from and what brings me to believe in a form of God. And if I believe in God, is this a religion or is it something different? How would I define God? What place does God take in my life? Is God something personal or is it universal? What shape, what form, what existence is this? How to I place the puzzle of my life in this? What sense does it have?
In 1999, I started to journal my research on geometry. It started with four verses from a Chinese poem and it brought me through the history of Egypt, Africa, Asia and Europe. This research has given sense to many things I believe about cosmogonic forces but it does not explain the choices made to define humanity. The cosmogonic forces represent the natural order while humanity represents the political order and the clergy is educated to harmonize both.
In 2017, a freemason in Los Angeles asked me to submit a lecture and preparing the elements of this lecture, I wrote “The Name of God“. I started blogging to continue and argument my research what brought me to discover the Basilica San Vitale in Ravenne and Hagia Irene in Istanbul. In both religious buildings, I see the theatricalization of Justice, how human beings have coped with Justice, the arguments to expose, to defend to value and to judge a case, to condemn, to sentence, to punish and to execute. This theatricalization has given birth to religions where different philosophies brought to different interpretations of justice.
Hagia Irene is located close to the palace of Constantinople, next to the harbor, next to Hagia Sophia and the architecture of Hagia Irene has something of a theatrical Tribunal Chamber with the actors of the court near the dome and with the public in the transept. The floor level is populated with men who render Justice while the second floor is for the women to watch the scenographic interpretation of the law.
The plan of Hagia Irene is the plan of a synagogue and it is contemporaneous with the firsts synagogues as it is with the first churches. While the Romans would render justice in their basilicas, the Hebrews would build schools to study justice, the 10 commandments, and they would give the shape of the table of the law to their schools. Christians would build similar schools with churches that became universities with the emergence of the cathedrals. The first great cathedral was Chartres (see my photographies), built after Gerbert of Aurillac studied in the Islamic university of Cordoba, in Spain.
All the “people of the book” or I may say the “religions of the book” are Abrahamic, what means that men and women fear God and the coercion by fear is used as a mean of feminization and education (see my writing on the birth of humanity). The fear of a punishment by God is the foundation of a law system because aside of the fear, the love of God can guide the people into the righteous way.
As a theater of Justice, the court system has become an educative system where the house of God is a school of life. In Europe, most Tribunal Chambers sit next to the cathedrals because the moral of the judge is that of a priest to find the truth and render justice in the name of God. The judge symbolizes the hand of God and so does the king. The monarch is the person who receives the law through the law of the gems and the radiate crown.
Religions have motivations that may differ with local cultures especially were a cast system provides ancestral privileges such aristocracy. In some tribal cultures for example the people may be related to the king with family ties that bond the people together with their monarch. In other cultures such in Europe, the aristocracy is strictly segregated from the people with no ties other than the way of governance and religions have established this way of governance since the monarch and the aristocratic system are crowned by the clergy.
The church and the synagogue have two systems of laws. Mosques have a third one. Secularism has harmonized those different systems in a “neutral” approach of Justice where God has less importance than the philosophy and this is what Harvard has chosen to show, that humanism is more important than the idea transpired by religions about God, but atheism is not secularism. Atheism denies the existence of God.
I come from France, a country that raised “laicity” above all religions and in the name of laicity, all religious symbols are forbidden in schools and God has been cancelled. Pupils are thought to fear their teachers and the administration that govern them. They are not taught to fear their own weakness, their personal failures and their ignorance. They are not taught to love either or to forgive and have compassion. Instead, they become judgmental. More importantly, they don’t know their purpose.
God is a natural symbol that does not come from imagination, but from observation of life on Earth, how the sun rises, how it sets down and how the light passing through water can grow plants, animals and people. The force that animates everything is God and the old tribes that contributed to raise primitive humans into a society have chosen prophets, people who were enlighten and could guide the people to see and to perceive the elements of righteousness. The prophets have questioned the soul just like a father with a son. For the religions of the book, Moses was the prophet who gave the tables of the law and he gave it because it is believed that he had a mission, that God, in all its alchemy, needed humanity to have laws and to have laws, a people needed to have knowledge, the physical and biological ability to understand the laws.
The Homo Sapiens has changed when religions have changed his temper, when his brain was fashioned like an instrument to connect the hands with the eyes and deduct memory with sounds, when imagination gave him dreams and expectations, when he was able to project himself into the desire of progress, when to have something, someone needed to become better at getting it and practice, do and redo until the lesson is learnt. More importantly, the religions have brought the same desire among the people like a choir of listeners, people who hear the music of the light.
Of course, religions were not perfect, the clergy was not perfect and even Justice had flaws, but the question is, the real question is what is our purpose? I believe that our purpose is to perfect it, to question the past and think about the future in order to change human behaviors toward a more gentle kind and if we don’t believe that God guides us into progress toward humanity, then we only have boundaries as a law.
I have seen how boundaries work in a laic country, how “state reason” governs, how selfishness and egocentrism do make the laws and I cannot call it the law because it is abusive and dangerous. I can only fear atheism for the way it is building the cult of personality where harmony only finds CEOs and chief of staff to guide a people. Where is the ideal? Is it money?
It is probably because I have all those questions that I spent my $50 from the vaccine into the books on pictures. Books to look into our history and our minds. Books to question our future. And books maybe to resolve our own mysteries into the sense that covid-19 can give to our existences and our lives. Life is so precious. Truth is so precious and Justice is so much about truth when God guides us. What kind of humanity could we be without a real sense of Justice? What sight, what hear, what taste would be life? A book gave us the touch of life, like a choice between life and death and the between is where we stand.