Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
Yes. Read the Amazon reviews some time. Read the hate mail that Carl Olson gets. People--lots and lots of people--take it seriously.
Exactly Obie. We wouldnt
take is seriously if
many people did not believe these lies...We Catholics, and Christian denominations should take it seriously because we must defend Catholicism and Christianity itself. It is an attack on Jesus and Catholicism. It is an apostasy. Like I said, we wouldnt make a big deal about it if people didnt accept these lies.
This is what I wrote from another thread, I kinda would like to rewrite it, but right now, I am just too lazy and tired, so Ill just copy and paste because it kinda summarizes why I think it is a big deal, and youll see that many (especially after the movie comes out) will say what this other person wrote below or say, chill out, it's just a book or just a movie, but most will accept it as true history...
A person earlier said, Quote:
It is just another belief within christianity that lost out to the official christianity that we have come to accept.
I say: You sound like Brown...
Brown says, it's a "lost history".
The problem is that Brown suggests that there is more than just imagination in his book. He encourages his readers to accept certain assertions of history as factual...That the "real" message of Jesus was supressed by Peter and the Catholic Church and that we only hear the side that "won out
". Brown also suggests that the early "heretics" of Christianity had the truth and that the "false" teachings of Jesus are the ones that "won out" by the Catholic Church and Peter because of supression on Jesus' "real" teachings...that Jesus' teachings were supressed by the Catholic Church and Peter, that Peter got jealous of Mary M.
Most historical fiction books promise that, while the novel concerns fictional characters engaged in imagined activities, the basic historical framework is true and should be accepted...So, many just trust that Dan is telling the truth about history, which he got from pseudo-history books--Holy Blood, Holy Grail, etc....Also, just look at his website www.danbrown.com
. He even puts a quote on the front page by New York Daily News saying, "His research is impeccable."
Dan Brown on his website also says:
Two thousand years ago, we lived in a world of Gods and Goddesses. Today, we live in a world solely of Gods. Women in most cultures have been stripped of their spiritual power. The novel touches on questions of how and why this shift occurred…and on what lessons we might learn from it regarding our future.
Certainly, there was diversity in early Christianity. But, you have to understand that none of this diversity, change, or development in early Christian history occured in the way that The DavVinci Code suggests it did. When early Christian leaders sought to affirm the truth of Christian teaching, their criterion was not about gender or power. It was, as we can see from their own writings, if we bother to read them, about faithfulness to what Jesus said and did. However, no where in any serious scholarly work do you find anyone taking seriously the suggestion that Jesus' mission was all about sending forth Mary Magdalene to carry His message of the "sacred feminine".
Brown' characters in the book frequently assert that the traditional Christian understading of Jesus' life and ministry is false, Hence the New Testament is completely untrustworthy, which then is completely dangerous to any Christian and Catholic.
So, when someone says, "Oh relax, it's just a book." etc etc. Well, no it's not, you'll see the effect it has on everyone after the movie comes out...And, if anyone has their feet, by the grace of God, planted in stone, they will be disturbed by this man's book and movie because they know what is True and that these are lies against our own God. So, yes, I will not just "chill out" or accept what he has to say.