I’m a bit surprised by the continuing fuss being made about Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code. Why is it such a cause for concern to various churches?
I read the book before it hit the best seller lists and felt it was a damn good read. Having read the author’s previous books, I knew he did a lot of research and used it exensively in writing. I also knew that he – as most authors do – takes various liberties in how he uses that research. So, whilst I readily accepted that Opus Dei existed, I felt their portrayal was perhaps more suited to moving the story along rather than to the reality. The same can be said of many of the other “facts” to which the story refers. After all this is a work of fiction, albeit one which has enough truth sewn into its weave to make you wonder.
A wee while later, the book hits the best seller list, there’s talk of a movie, and the waste matter strikes the portable propellor…
I find it hard to believe that people have taken this story as being literally true. Yet, I have seen tv programmes about people who do. Churches are frantic about the misleading way in which it presents Jesus and let’s not even go down the path of how they feel about the idea of Jesus having decendants.
Bottom line, this is a novel. You will find it in the fiction section. If anyone feels their faith or system of belief is threatened by it then perhaps it is their belief that should be put to question rather than this book?