So I read The Da Vinci Code and rather liked it (I read Angels and Demons the prequel and didn’t think much of it), I also realised quite how much random conspiracy/underground religion theory stuff that The Jellicle and Cornish Bloke between them have managed to stuff me full of!
Turns out that the Catholic Church didn’t like it much. Apparently there have been ten books so far (and theres going to be a seminar given) to debunk the ‘lies’ in this book. Now to be honest I’m not sure why all the fuss and furore because Dan Brown, the author hasn’t made up anything particularly new. Everything he says; Mary Magdalen having kids with Jesus, secret Templar society guarding a big secret, etc.etc. has all been said before, for hundreds of (and I suspect a couple of thousand) years. Well maybe that its such a best seller is what has freaked the Vatican out, that and they can’t burn people for heresies anymore.
But you know, I don’t really care if it’s true or not when it comes right down to it. What has surprised me is the reaction to a work of FICTION! The book is full of ‘lies’, at least I’m fairly sure that the protagonists don’t actually exist, I’m also certain that there wasn’t a body found in the Louvre murdered as described, these ‘lies’ are popularly known as a story!
It is true that Dan Brown has claimed that ‘All of the art, architecture, secret rituals, secret societies, all of that is historical fact.’ And you know what? He’s right. Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of over-reaction…or should I be cynical and wonder if the Cardinal wants a little publicity given the current state of the Pope’s health?