Thursday, May 11, 2006

Da Vinci Code: Fact or Fiction?

Ron Howard gives his view:

... the Oscar-winning director of A Beautiful Mind rejected the notion that his latest film should carry a disclaimer - as requested by Opus Dei - stating what he said was already obvious.

"This is a work of fiction that presents a set of characters that are affected by these conspiracy theories and ideas," Howard told the Los Angeles Times. "Those characters in this work of fiction act and react on that premise. It's not theology. It's not history. To start off with a disclaimer … spy thrillers don't start off with disclaimers."

I've finally succumbed to the hype and have just bought the book and am ploughing through it.

My initial impression? It is not obvious to me that the book is solely a work of fiction. Contrary to what Ron Howard says, the novel does purport to contain both theology and history. And Dan Brown seeks to give the impression that the novel is based on fact.

This book does more than just seek to entertain. It seeks to influence people's hearts and minds about matters of history and religion. And it works. A friend mentioned to me the other day that he had just assumed that what the book had to say about Christianity was true.

I'll post further thoughts as I continue to read.


At 11:38 am, Blogger David said...

i look forward to reading your comments on the book.

At 12:57 pm, Blogger Robert Gramly said...

I just finished reading the book you recommended ("Is It Worth Believing" by Greg Clarke"). I appreciated the author's exploration of why people believe what they believe and his departure from the more common approach of simply debunking the book (although he does plenty of that). It's astounding that people are so willing (even eager) to believe supposed facts without looking any further at the evidence. What is even more astounding is that these "facts" are purported by a person who turns out to be a murderous villian. A person like that wouldn't be very high on my list of reliable sources.

At 4:44 pm, Blogger Andy M said...

Welcome aboard Robert!
Glad you found the Greg Clarke book to be helpful. He's obviously done a lot of work on this project. I see he's booked solid in the coming weeks to speak at many different events around Sydney on the book/movie. I might be heading along to one of them.


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