Thursday, May 11, 2006

Da Vinci Code: Truth in Fiction?

From Dan Brown's Official Website:
The Da Vinci Code is a novel and therefore a work of fiction. While the book's characters and their actions are obviously not real, the artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals depicted in this novel all exist (for example, Leonardo Da Vinci's paintings, the Gnostic Gospels, Hieros Gamos, etc.). These real elements are interpreted and debated by fictional characters. While it is my belief that some of the theories discussed by these characters may have merit, each individual reader must explore these characters' viewpoints and come to his or her own interpretations. My hope in writing this novel was that the story would serve as a catalyst and a springboard for people to discuss the important topics of faith, religion, and history.

For more, go to his website for more information.

Some in our blog neighborhood depict Catholics who are repulsed by "The DaVinci Code" as those who are over-reacting to a work of fiction. To those "sophists" who are so wise, you need to be aware of the purpose book and movie, as shown above. And the so called "truth" of "DaVinci" is getting America, no the WORLD, talking about issues that have no merit. Dan Brown does a great job attaching falsehood to emotion to create a stir. For that he should be paid. Dan Brown is successful placing fiction within a pretense of truth. The effect is terrible and for this, his works should be categorically CONDEMNED.



At 4:43 PM, Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

Dan Brown is successful placing fiction within a pretense of truth.

Hey! Why not? It worked for BushCo.

The effect is terrible and for this, his works should be categorically CONDEMNED.

A little book buring in order, Mr. UL?

Geez. I go away for a while and you smoke up the place with new postings.

How on earth do you expect me to keep up with you????

At 11:20 PM, Blogger Underground Logician said...


My semester just finished and I have all this pent up stuff!

As to the book burning idea, that would be a big fire. I don't think the environmentalists would like it, global warming and all. I do think it better to ignore the book for one, and two, for the Catholic Church to get real busy informing its people to what the Church really teaches.

That wouldn't concern you, I know. But, it does me. I've have given this post some thought after I published it. This could be a real opportunity for the Church to turn things around. Expose the book's fraudulent claim that the historical features of it have merit.

I'm getting tired. I don't know if this makes much sense. I'll give this a looksie in the A.M.

At 8:38 AM, Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

Condemning works of art never works. It only draws attention to them. People who ordinarily would never hear of such unorthodox books, paintings, films, etc., are then drawn to see what the controversy is all about, thereby giving the subjects a wider audience.

Why did't the church just ignore the book and film? Does it truly believe that a work of fiction can destroy 2,000 years of Christianity?

If they believe that, then Dan Brown's book has a more powerful message, apparently, than the New Testament.

At 10:38 PM, Blogger Underground Logician said...

It not just a matter of practicality, Shaw. It's a matter of teaching. Dan Brown's statement on his web left unchallenged would be nothing but dereliction of duty on the Church's part to teach. If the Church is silent, then millions of people are left to themselves to determine the truthfulness of something they have no knowledge.

Also, you confuse the power to pursuade as more important than truthfulness. Even if people accept rhetoric rather than truth doesn't diminish the importance of truth.


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