A complex book attempts to uncover the esoteric mathematics that unites all of the world’s religions.
According to Meegan (The Sistine Chapel, 2012), there is a deep mathematical structure that is the internal core of all of the globe’s religions, and that has been known by their “inner hierarchies” for millennia. This esoteric science has never been revealed to an uninitiated public, and even if it were, it’s so maddeningly labyrinthine that it’s unlikely it would be understood. This symbolic code is sometimes expressed in alphanumeric writing as found in sacred literature like the Bible, but can also be seen in political documents like the U.S. Constitution, as well as in architectural creations like the Sistine Chapel or even the urban planning of Washington, D.C. The author takes great pains to discover the “matrix of wisdom” embedded in the narrative structure of Dante’s Divine Comedy. This hidden code conveys, if properly understood, the real substance of religious doctrine. For example, biblical Scriptures are better interpreted as instruments for the deliverance of this code, rather than the communication of an explicit dogma. When distilled to its essential form, the matrix embodies a double reality: ego-consciousness in general, and the unconscious mind of every human being in history. Unfortunately, it’s never entirely clear what this means, or how precisely to understand the matrix even as a mathematical construct. The author identifies various quantitative patterns—for example, there is some kind of relationship between the number of American congressmen and the number of words in the first chapter of Genesis, though it remains obscure. Meegan doesn’t explicitly try to unpack the meaning of the matrix until Chapter 11, and its discovery on his part seems to require a series of revelatory intuitions that transcend mathematical formulas. At one point, he concedes that his book might not make any sense to a reader not similarly assisted: “As I reread this manuscript I realized that even with this tsunami of images and commentary this work will still appear as a sea of chaos to the reader that does not have those ethereal helping hands guiding him or her through its labyrinth ways.” Most of the book is written in this turgid, bafflingly serpentine manner, and sometimes the prose is simply impenetrable. The author’s world-historical ambition remains impressive, but the study lacks both coherence and analytical rigor.
A bewildering and tangled analysis of religion’s unconcealed truths.