posted on Jan, 19 2007 @ 02:34 PM
That was a lot of questions, to answer a few of them: no, not all secret societies are connected--many have differeent methods* For ex, freemasonry
seeks to better its members through application of morals, and is primarily a rationalistic fellowship, while the Rosicuceans seek to better their
members through application of spiritual practises, and are primarily mystical, while the OTO seeks to better its members through theourgy, and is
primarily magical, while the Church of Satan seeks to better its members through he application of self empowerment, and is primarily hedonic*
As for the Da Vinci code, Brown probably got the name of Sophie from the gnostic Sophia, or the "Mother Essence" of the Demiurge, creater of this
world--Sophia is the femine counterpart of God, one of the emanations from the Ain Soph* The "line of Christ" idea is a old one but Brown more or
less stloe his version from the writers of the book "Holy Blood Holy Grail"