Monday, October 18, 2004

Smashing the Da Vinci Code Into Tiny Little Pieces

Are you one of those people who think Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" is more than just pure fiction? Fallen for the "scholarly research" presented in the book, have you? Well guess what: you've just been hoodwinked (hopefully not once again) by the most popular quack Church historian of the century. You want proof? Here's some proof:

Critical Reviews of The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code: Blasphemous Thesis and Bad History
The Brown Witch Project

Now, if you think I'm bashing a mere fiction-writer here, you ought to know that Brown claims that his novel is based on pure historical fact. He even claimed it in an author's note in his book, in various interviews, and in his own web site.

It seems weird to me that what Brown considers as "research" involves using collections of legends and anti-Catholic conspiracies. And then there are the extremely dubious claims. Any person who knows medieval artistry would realize that there is no good evidence (i.e. not just pure speculation) suggesting that Da Vinci's paintings are not what they seem. The worst thing is that he used these unverifiable stories to spark a worldwide scandal.

I mean, look at this: Brown claims that the Church "invented" the Divinity of Jesus doctrine in the Council of Nicea through a very close vote (which is weird; 200+ to 2 is not close by any standard), when we know that the Gospel according to John (written way before the Council), among other biblical books, already gave very explicit testimonials of Jesus being God (e.g. John 1:1, John 20:28, etc.). Then there is the fact that a lot of martyrs from as early as the first century were killed by the Romans for believing that Jesus is divine. This alone should have told us that Brown isn't being truthful, but see what he does! Brown very conveniently tells us that both Church History and the Gospels are full of lies!

What are we to do with this kind of conspiracy, where everything we are certain of are turned upside down, replaced with scandalous junk, and then packed in a highly-decorated wrapping of suspenseful storytelling? What are we to do with someone who tells his readers to scoff at the moral teachings of the Gospels, and then tells them to admire a cult that worships Mary Magdalene and practices sexual promiscuity? What are we to do when this man is convincing more and more gullible people each day?

Finally, Brown claims that the Church have been the cause of a lot of violence and bigotry throughout history. It is true that some people, both in the past and present, did very wrong things in the name of religion (as if one can't do wrong things in the name of atheism...). But if Brown's going to shove this fact into every person's face to convince them that Christianity actually teaches violence, well then...

I smell wily anti-Christian deception in the air.