Thursday, June 01, 2006

Da Vinci No-Brainer

I read The Da Vinci Code over the holiday weekend, so I feel the need to write a review of the bestseller on my blog. I so dislike discussing books that I did not enjoy, because it takes more time than it is worth, but I must be totally honest!

I don't claim to be a genius, or the most well-read person around, but characters of this book were so thin and the plot so obvious, that I had to deduce that this book sold millions of copies based solely on its controversial subject matter. The author, Dan Brown did nothing to endear the reader to his hero and heroine, at least not in my opinion (but that may be because I read so many children's books, and half the point of those is to make the reader LOVE the main characters).

I cannot imagine that a Christian who truly has a thriving relationship with his Lord could in any way be shaken by the fallacies presented as "fact" in this novel, but the content that I most have issue with is the pagan religion so advocated by the characters (and thus the author). I have never seen an addiction to sexuality so cleverly disguised as something wholesome -- even as worship. Brown constantly explains symbols found all around -- in nature, in architecture, in art -- as all representing some body part, or the "worship" of the woman's body and her ability to reproduce. It was disgusting!

The main benefit of this book (at least from the author/publisher's standpoint) is that I now am curious about the movie. I just couldn't picture dear Tom Hanks as the role of Robert Langdon, so I guess I will go see it!

Finally, here are a few questions I would love to discuss with someone else who may have read the book (or seen the movie, I guess).

1. Why didn't Sophie's grandfather raise her to believe in his religion? He was obviously devoted to it-- the Grand Master. She is so clueless about EVERYTHING he believed in!
2. Why does a religion devoted to the "sacred feminine" have almost ONLY male Grand Masters through history? If woman is so divine, she should pretty much always be the one in control, huh?
3. Why are many people in history who believe in goddess worship homosexuals, as the author tells us? If the whole point of those pagan beliefs are the balance of man and woman, the yin and yang, the chalice and the blade, then why would those people live their lives in this unbalanced way?

Please post if you know what I'm talking about! :)


Gretchen said...

Maybe it is dumb to post a comment about your own post, but I just got back from the movie, The DaVinci Code, and I had to add my reflections!

The movie did a MUCH better job with almost every aspect of the plot and characters. As usual, details were excluded, but the main changes were in the characters, toning down the harsh criticism of the Catholic church, and making the conspiracy more open-minded. Still, it wasn't that great. There was NO room for Tom Hanks to be funny, and the ending was horrid when he knelt down to worship Mary Magdeline.

I think the line that sums it up most was when Robert Langdon said (in the movie) "What do you believe, Sophie? That's what really matters." This shows the true feeling behind such a movie. Post-Modern relativism -- just what ever you believe is what matters. It is sad to think about the people who push that thinking someday giving account before an Almighty God!

Sarah said...

Unfortunately I have neither read the book nor seen the movie (I don't go to such establishments, you know!), so alas--I can not provide witty and deeply profound comments on this post. I will just have to be happy with your analysis. :-)

Gretchen said...

Ah, but you likely have heard several sermons on the topic! I know I have read QUITE a few!