This one may ruffle some fundamental, evangelical feathers, but it is a topic that every self-proclaimed Christian should know the truth about nonetheless.
If you research ancient Egypt, you quickly become aware that they attached great importance to the phallus and the worship thereof to the Egyptian sun god Ra. The images below are just a small sampling of how prevalent phallic worship used to be.
Better put that thing away before you put someone’s eye out. Good grief, do you think they were compensating for something? The enormity and length of this topic cannot be overstated. But all kidding and buffoonery aside, the phallus was associated with fertility, hence its size being magnified in statues and worshipped by maidens that were barren with the hope of conceiving a child.
The worship was so prevalent that individuals and/or local deities were given the title of “Phallic Saint.” Per Wikipedia: “Phallic saints are representations of actual saints or local deities who are invoked for fertility. More than vulgar representations of the phallus, phallic saints are benevolent symbols of prolificacy and reproductive fruitfulness, and objects of reverence and especial worship among barren women and young girls.”[1
“There are still in existence today remarkable specimens of original phallic symbols…steeples on the churches…and obelisks…all show the influence of our phallus-worshipping ancestors.” (Woodrow, Babylon Mystery Religion — Ancient and Modern., p. 46)
If you’ve ever looked at a church building and wondered if there was a resemblance to the anatomy of a man, your intuition or gut feeling would be correct. The architecture has a deeper meaning when considering that it actually has roots in the Vitruvian Man, which was a drawing made by Leonardo da Vinci around 1490 CE that is based on a building guide written by the Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius around 15-30 BCE that incorporates sacred geometry.
The image directly above represents how the form of the human man became the design for the church building, and since the form of man was used, it’s not very difficult to make the leap to the steeple being a phallic representation.
“The place of worship was one of the highest esteem. It must not only be a place dedicated to God, fit to be a dwelling of the divine, but must also be able to induce piety in its visitors. The architecture of the temple thus had a much more important role to play than merely provide a site for worship. The church through its architecture wanted to reflect that perfection which is often associated with God. God made man in his image and being his ultimate creation, the body of a healthy man consists of the perfect proportions that Renaissance architects wished to master. The proportions of a healthy human male.” http://introrenaissance.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-perfect-churchcircular-geometry.html
“Geometrical derivation of the architectural plans and a fitting-in with the humanist ideals together made the centrally planned church, the most desired and appropriate design for the Renaissance church. However, with the comings on of the successive centuries, such anatomical analogy of church architecture became marginalised until it gradually disappeared.” http://introrenaissance.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-perfect-churchcircular-geometry.html
To wrap this one up, let’s take a look at the Egyptian god Osiris’ um, “contribution” to the church steeple and its origins.
Osiris was killed and his body parts were divided up and buried all across the land. His mother, Isis, searched for the parts and was able to find all but one, the phallus. She was upset that she couldn’t retrieve all of his parts so she ordered that copies be made and placed in a conspicuous place in all of the temples. That’s interesting because the names of the parts of the church are the “head,” where the pastor/priest speaks from. Next is the “nave,” where people sit. The word “nave” relating to the navel. And finally the steeple…no explanation necessary.
With the Edict of Milan, a document signed by Roman emperors Constantine and Licinius to promote religious tolerance in the Roman Empire around 313 CE, it opened up the blending of many religious beliefs and customs, including phallic worship with the newly forming Christianity. Hello, church steeple!
It actually makes a lot of sense that Christianity is man’s religion especially when you see that the church building itself mimics the body of a man and the treatment of women in the Bible.
Anyway, the next time you drive by a church and are admiring how beautiful the steeple is, you will think of this article and blush. No need to thank me, it was my pleasure!