Da Vinci Code Roundup

It’s come to my attention that the Vatican has finally gotten down to saying something about The Da Vinci Code. Somewhat late and needless, I think, considering that the issue is already in the process of being beaten to death.

The most frequent defense of Da Vinci Code I’ve seen is that “it’s just a work of fiction,” therefore its various slams against church and art history aren’t meant to be taken seriously. The gist of the problem, however, is that Dan Brown starts with sensationalized fantasies and known hoaxes advocated by a minority of historical revisionists. He then casually attempts to pass off these fringe conspiracy theories and hoaxes as the “factual” foundation upon which his story rests. Dan Brown still insists that Da Vinci Code merely attempts to put forward these revisionist histories as a kind of “open mind” exercise, but if that’s so, then the fact that parts of the book still come off as more of an anti-Catholic propaganda hack piece is testament to the fact that he’s simply a bad writer.

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I hear that a cinematization of “The Da Vinci Code” is in the works. I predict it will have as much impact on Christianity as did The Seventh Sign, Dogma, Stigmata, and Saved, i.e. a few more people quoting the “Lost Gospel of Thomas” (snarfle) and trying to pass off their entertainment-induced religious “education” as being of more worth than an authentic canon and centuries of tradition and literature. The hype will last a couple of years at most, at which point the self-obsolescent nature of pop culture will kick in and cause these pretensions to spirituality to fade into obscurity — till the next big anti-church book or movie comes along. Just goes to show that the gates of hell still haven’t prevailed.