Thursday, June 16, 2005

The Da Vinci Code

Started reading yesterday, finished today. Real difficult read. Nothing like blowing through 495 pages of text in about 4 sittings.

Remember when this was all over the place? Bookstores, the Today Show, the Vatican refuses to comment and makes a bigger deal than it already was.

The book was a bit of a let down. All that hoopla and little payoff.

Plus the author states some outrageous things with horrendously poor factual support. yes, yes, it's a novel. But still, fiction or not it should be believeable. Any person with the slightest bit of biblical knowledge and knowledge of the early church could refute 99.8% of this books claims with their hands tied behind their back.

I was just shaking my head at some of the authors comments. Like how the Dead Sea Scrolls proved that the Bible was tampered with because the texts were not similar. WHAT?! Please! the entire book of Isaiah is word for word identical. Text after text showing zero deviation from our present Bible.

Then he says Constatine reconstructed the Bible. Come again? When did that happen? at Nicea? 325 AD? Try again. The concepts of Christ were well established before the Roman Emperor tried to stop those nasty Arians from takeing the god out of the God/Man. Dan Brown states that early Christians believed Christ was only a man and it was Constatine who deified him. What a crock of Whole Crap.

But the book was pretty enagaging, up until I learned the Grail was the body of Mary Magdalene and a bunch of moldy scrolls.

Indiana Jones would kick Robert Langdon's butt.

I give it 6 out of 10 slaps about the face.

Enjoyable reading but annoying about how much he screwed up. Heck he could have made the basis more believable by sticking a little closer to the truth. Templar Knights as tree hugging Druid dudes. Sad. And the Priory of Sion which is this really important clandestine group in the story from like the time of Christ to now, was actually formed in 1950 by 4 Frenchmen. Lame.


rover said...

So, it's not a coming of age story that we can all relate to?

Proteinstar said...

Not unless your Christ's mistress/female half/new age construction.

rover said...

Sorry I asked. On a side note, I'm taking 8 classes in Marxism online. Be prepared for some serious blog ranting once I graduate. There are some messed up people out there.

HaraldBluetooth said...

Well, I found Angels & Demons to be a much better read. Still some-what flaky in the theology department, but much better over all.

If you think about it, the main problem with these books (Besides the obvious about the Divinity of Christ), is a complete disgregard for the Protestant Reformation.