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So dark the con of Dan Brown

In an article on MSNBC.com, a group of British Catholics say that 60% of The Da Vinci Code readers that they polled believe that Jesus had children with Mary Magdalene, compared to 30% of people who hadn't read the book.

To me, that says Brown's book is a heresy and he's a heretic.

It's too bad he wasn't found guilty of plagiarism, I would have loved to see his book taken off the shelves.


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May. 17th, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
Wait, wait...thirty percent already think it without having even read the book? I think the Catholic Church has bigger problems than Dan Brown, namely a destructive patriarchal religious narrative that comes with a built-in whore/virgin dichotomy. Dan Brown's, as you say, "heresy," is popular for a reason. It's not that people just love heresy, it's that something in this story resonated with them. I just don't see how you can dismiss the book as inherently evil without wondering how and why this premise flips people's switches. You complain about the inaccuracies of the book, but we should be honest here. The Bible is full of inconsistencies and errors too. It's not about the facts. It's about the concept. The point is that people reacted very strongly to the idea that something is missing in the Christian faith, something has been lost, something has been concealed--the woman. Arguing that the book is full of factual errors, even if you're right about that, still avoids the main issue. The premise has captured the imagination of a lot of people, including Christians. The popular culture has embraced a re-imagining of the life of Jesus to include romantic love and marriage and family, and your only concern is that it's not firmly grounded in fact. That seems stunningly hypocritical considering that you honestly believe that a virgin gave birth and a dead guy rose from the grave, not to mention deliberately obtuse about the appeal of the ideas presented in the book. Eventually you have to address why the public has latched on to this book. Eventually you have to deal with the questions the book, and the interest surrounding it, raise about women, love, and equality in the Christian faith, the Catholic Church, and the modern world.

And you're rah-rahing taking a book off the shelves because it suggests an alternate religious narrative to yours? Shall we just pull any works, fiction or non-fiction, that contradict your faith? How many books will have to come off your shelf because people in it are behaving in a way contrary to your religious teachings? Let me know when you've stopped reading Harry Potter books.
May. 17th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
Jo Rowling makes no claims about the history of the Catholic Church or about Christ's life. She makes no claims about religion or faith whatsoever, she writes fantasy. Dan Brown puts just enough facts into his fiction to confuse people.

People want an entertaining novel instead of reading actual history. And if said novel has a conspiracy theory, so much the better.
May. 17th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
And yet the Church is against the Harry Potter novels. You have no problem parsing fiction and reality when it comes to something you want to read.
May. 17th, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
The whole Church is not against Harry Potter.

I see a huge difference between the adventures of a teenage wizard and a conspiracy perpetuated by the Catholic Church involving Jesus Christ. Jo Rowling is not taking potshots at anyone's religion, whether under the guise of fiction or not.
May. 17th, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
The whole Church is not against The DaVinci Code. The official position of the Church is against it. And Harry Potter. And if you're willing to censor something the Church doesn't like, on the basis that the Church doesn't like it, you're flinging open a door you don't really mean to open. I'm glad you don't personally find it offensive, but don't you think it's a little hypocritical to blow off one fantasy and then obsess about how another is attacking your faith? What about The DaVinci Code is so scary for you?
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