I along with millions of others read the book, it was a harmless romp. Alas for Dan Brown some felt that he had committed the taboo of doubting the Catholic Church. I think we all remember the furor that Dan Browns book created. From the Pope down, seemingly everyone had some disparaging remark to make about this novel. Novel, that is an important word, the book was not sold as fact, it was sold as fiction. Yes, there is an alluring paragraph in the beginning of the book that might sway the reader, but read the preceding page, the page that no-one ever reads. it has all of that boring ISBN information, it also contains the official library designation, and it does say Fiction. The question I have, is why did the church single out Dan Brown?

He is hardly the first to play against the church, Irving Wallace gave them a solid roasting in The Word, and Charles Templeton’s scorcher Act Of God spring to mind. These books merely created grumbles and rumbles. The Da Vinci Code started an outright war!

Actually the world should be pounding on Dan Brown for giving Leonardo Da Vinci so much credit. Most art historians hold Da Vinci in a pretty low esteem, the man who started a thousand projects, yet finished very few. The Mona Lisa? Boring. That inscrutable smile can be found on dozens of Da Vinci’s earlier sketches, it was almost his calling card. Dan Brown makes much of one of the other paintings that Da Vinci actually completed, The Last Supper. An expansive canvas revealing Jesus and his 12 disciples eating their last meal together. Dan Brown would have us believe that Da Vinci has tricked us, the figure to Jesus’s right is Mary Magdalen. Again, art historians point out that Da Vinci had an effeminate side, some even go so far as to claim that the Mona Lisa is a pseudo self portrait, and  the liberties taken in the Last Supper are merely Da Vinci being Da Vinci.

I can only assume that art historians have more reserve than the Catholic Church. The art historians quietly chuckled about Dan browns Book. The church on the other hand went on the attack. The Da Vinci Code: The Church Responds… is a wonderful example of their anger. And anger it is! Dan brown is ridiculed for his portrayal of many of the historical references. The Catholic Church explains that Opus Dei are not a secretive society, they certainly have no self flagellation experts such as the very strange Silas that Dan Brown highlights, and to the best of their knowledge there are no assassins in their membership. The Priory Of Sion is another concept that the Church experts want to clear up, it was a very fine 20th century hoax. But I ask, so what? The Da Vinci Code was a work of fiction!

In my estimation the entire plan to discredit Dan Brown blew up in the church’s face. Had they just shrugged their shoulders and moved on, Dan Brown would still be a starving writer. Instead, the Catholic Church made him a celebrity, much in the same way they did to Mel Gibson with his Passions Of The Christ movie.

I watched the two features on The Da Vinci Code: The Church responds... with great interest. Both documentaries feature mainly the same cast of characters, and they are nothing short of over zealous. I suspect that this DVD will achieve little other than significantly boost Dan Browns career.

As I watched the DVD a phrase from William Shakespeare kept jumping into my mind, it comes from Hamlet ‘The lady doth protest too much.’  This simple if archaic statement speaks volumes.

I enjoyed this DVD a great deal, and while it is most vehemently anti Dan Brown, it will know doubt persuade even more people to read his various books. His latest creation The Lost Symbol is due for a mid September release. And as the saying goes… Let the games begin!

There will be yet another round of Dan Brown bashing, and a huge spike in book sales.

You can get ordering information for The Da Vinci Code: The Church Responds from Janson media. Get it, you will not be disappointed. it matters not if you are pro or anti Dan Brown, you will learn something.

Simon Barrett – (the guy that does read the Library Of Congress page in every book)

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