New Da Vinci Code Book

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I have just seen an advertisment from Ignatius (in World Magazine) for a new book co-authored by Carl Olsen and Sandra Miesel, The Da Vinci Hoax. I am about to order this book and I encourage you, no I beg you, all to buy it too.

When it was first published, I did not take The Da Vinci Code too seriously, I thought most Christians would ignore it and, like me, realize it was nonsense and not pay any attention to it. I was wrong. I have heard people who are otherwise devout Catholics praise this book, saying what a great book it was and acting as if they really believed most of the stuff in it.

The Da Vinci Code poses a very real threat of leading people away from the Truth of the faith, it is incumbent on all of us to learn as much as we can in order to be able to refute its lies.

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Dear Ron,

I think the "threat" you mention has been highly hyped. I don't buy that it shifts anyone who has stong catechesis. I think it provides a most excellent exercise in apologetics and charity, but the nature of the threat, I find doubtful. I've looked at these books and find them worthwhile and interesting, but hardly convinceing to anyone who is already swayed by Brown.

shalom,

Steven

Steven

Two or three months ago, I would have agreed with you. I think the problem is, however, much more widespread than would seem possible. As I said, I was astonished when folks started talking about what a wonderful book The Da Vinci Code was, folks who should have known better, and they were talking as if they believed it could be true. I found that scary.

I think, in any case, that it would be good for more folks to be familiar with the problems in the book and be ready to offer a strong defense against it.

Thanks

Ron

Dear Ron,

I guess I look at it and say, that the far greater threat are from things like Philip Pullman and others who infiltrate the minds of the very young.

With the Da Vinci Code, these people will flit from idea to idea to idea of the moment. There is no depth there and no lasting impression--the next thing that comes along will change the last.

But we will continue to differ on this. I thought the Da Vinci code was an interesting and fascinating books. I considered its proposals for a moment and saw something of great theoretical interest, but nothing that was of substance. I don't know if the people you hear talking take what it says seriously or if they are fascinated by the glittery charm for a few days or even weeks, and then are back to regular worship. Everyone I have know to be influenced by it (and it has been quite a few) falls out from under its charm within a few weeks--usually after reading the next Nelson de Mille or Tom Clancy.

I've read these books and find them worthwhile absent the code controversy, so I would say to buy them regardless. They serve as brief reminders of what the faith is about, so there is no harm and much good in them.

shalom,

Steven

Steven

It's true, the response to The Da Vinci Code seems to be that it presents a fascinating and interesting twist on the history of the Church. But, there is not the immediate dismissal of these ideas as theory -- they are taken as fact. No, they are taken as "another" truth, which is worse. That is what I find so disturbing and think makes these books dangerous, and why I think all knowledgeable Catholics should be prepared to refute the ideas in these books.

Thanks for the comment.

Ron

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