Dan Brown’s popular novel The Da Vinci Code was originally promoted as a work of historical fiction. That would have made for an interesting read but then in a shocking move, Brown changed his story and began asserting that The Da Vinci Code was historic fact. Unfortunately, Brown’s “research” seems to have consisted solely of Googling for references which substantiated his conspiracy theory.
While admittedly no literary scholar, I am a bit of a history and art buff. Upon reading the book I found countless holes in it the size of the Sistine Chapel, so the first half of the book was amusing on several levels. However, when I got to the second half I wasn’t laughing anymore. “The Da Vinci Code” became so repugnant and so tedious in pushing the “sacred feminine” vs. the “evil Christian” angle that it became laborious to finish it.
Brown bases much of his “research” about the supposed marriage of Jesus to Mary Magdalene and their hypothetical offspring on some papers on the Priory of Sion that were allegedly “uncovered” in Paris (proven to be a hoax and the work of con man Pierre Plantard). Dan Brown also points to the Coptic Gospels * and Dead Sea Scrolls–books which were not included in the Holy Bible for several reasons, none of which he documents.
Brown also laces the book with lurid references to the sexual activities of the mythical Priory of Sion and other sects which reach “divinity” through sex. Not only that, but he portrays the early church as the worst kind of organization, resorting to deception and even murder to keep the truth from people.
“The Da Vinci Code” paints Christianity as a contrived religion that has “demonized” the worship of the “sacred feminine” so that men can be dominant. In Brown’s distorted view, this has produced all the ills of the world.
Propaganda like Brown’s grows tiresome. Where Brown sees an M in Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper,” I see a reclining K. Perhaps that is Da Vinci’s coded message to me not to waste my time withThe Da Vinci Code book and movie and to lie down and take a nap instead!
* Scientists at The University of Arizona’s NSF-Arizona Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) Laboratory radiocarbon dated these samples of the Coptic manuscript at between A.D. 220 and A.D. 340. uanews.org.
Wikipedia – Priory of Sion
Wikipedia – Pierre Plantard
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