It Is Christians Who Are a Danger to Christianity
THE best way to approach The Da Vinci Code is with an empty head and a full bottle of vodka.
The more you drink, the more plausible the scenario becomes; and believe me you will need to be completely out of your tree to make any sense at all of the last few chapters.
The book is unadulterated piffle; geographically, religiously and historically inaccurate, and with so many holes in the plot it becomes the literary equivalent of gorgonzola cheese.
Yet for all of its faults it has become a publishing phenomenon, with sales approaching thirty-million and a total readership of around one hundred million.
The film version, starring Tom Hanks and due for release next summer, is expected to become one of the most successful ever made.
But why would so many people want to read a book which debunks two thousand years of Christianity and claims that most Church teaching is based on a lie?
It is worth noting, in passing, that had the book been about the Prophet Mohammed, and concluded that Islam was a fraud, then Dan Brown would either be dead or living in permanent fear of death from a host of Islamic fundamentalists. There would be a fatwah on his head.
Needless to say, there would be no talk of a film.
Actually, let&s be totally honest; following the fallout from Salman Rushdie&s Satanic Verses, Brown would never even have got a publisher had he chosen any religion other than Christianity.
Which must say something about the state of Christianity.
Indeed, the very fact that Lincoln Cathedral has accepted pounds 100,000 to allow the film-makers access, because Westminster Abbey refused them, itself says something about the state of Christianity.
The Westminster authorities based their refusal on the grounds that ...we cannot commend or endorse the contentious and wayward religious and historic suggestions made in the book.$
Unlike the Very Reverend Alec Knight, the Dean of Lincoln, who justified pocketing the dosh with the argument, ...yes the book is a load of old tosh, but it will bring Lincoln and Lincolnshire more into focus. It is a huge opportunity in secular terms.$
The Dean has missed the point. Dan Brown hasn&t simply taken a secular approach.
He writes from the perspective of the historian, prefacing the book with the words: All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents and secret rituals in this novel are accurate.$
The Da Vinci Code says that the Gospels themselves are fraudulent.
It sets out to tear down the fabric of faith and accuses the clergy of propagating a lie down the centuries. …