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If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear, does it make a sound? On the one hand, we believe it must, but if there is no perceiver, we have no way to know. If Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried, and then rose again from the dead and no one recognized him, did it really happen? The truth is, if there had been no Mary Magdalene, no one to recognize the Risen Christ, there would be no story, and no movement of Christianity. The same is just as true today. Christianity would not exist without those who recognize him. They are of a whole. The perceiver and the perceived, the lover and the beloved, are integral pairs. Norman Allen opens our eyes to this truth. In this sense, Mary Magdalene is the true and under-appreciated fulcrum of the story of Jesus.