View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Friday, April 28, 2006

The Da Vinci Code - the novel

I finally finished reading The Da Vinci Code.

Heretical? No. That implies there was some belief.

Blasphemous? Not really. Others have written worse.

And better. D.H. Lawrence and The Man Who Died or Nikos Kazantzakis and his The Last Temptation of Christ come to mind. Even Dogma was better – and had the advantage of being intentionally funny at times.

Ignorant is a better description.

It’s really just a poorly written suspense novel that’s been hyped and sensationalized to make money.

And it wasn’t that suspenseful anyway.

I kept figuring out things long before the characters did. Heck, I figured out the “family secret” of the female character shortly after she was introduced – long before the big revelation near the end of the book.

And it’s full of factual and historical inaccuracies.

Not worth reading.

But the film might just be dangerous. If it is true to the book, some people might think the inaccuracies are true and be misled. Film is a far more powerful medium than written fiction with many people.

We have to make sure we spread the truth about Jesus and our faith.

God will deal with those who spread lies and lead others astray.


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