The Da Vinci Code Almost Sucks

The Da Vinci Code book coverThe Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown has been on every bestsellers’ list forever, raising controversy about its plot and subject matter.

It’s about a fella who studies symbols, getting involved with a murder mystery while trying to decipher a code left by the victim, a code about Jesus’ genealogy.

There are lots of “facts” in the books (list derived from various sources) (spoiler warning):

  • Nothing in Christianity is original. The pre-Christian God Mithras “called the Son of God and the Light of the World” was born on December 25, died, was buried in a rock tomb, and then resurrected in three days. By the way, December 25 is also the birthday of Osiris, Adonis, and Dionysus. The newborn Krishna was presented with gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Even Christianity’s holy day was stolen from the pagans.
  • More than eighty gospels were considered for the New Testament, and yet only a relative few were chosen for inclusion. The Bible as we know it today was collated by the pagan Roman Emperor Constantine the Great.
  • “legend tells us the Holy Grail is a chalice – a cup. But the Grail’s description as a chalice is actually an allegory to protect the true nature of the Holy Grail.” The Grail is literally the ancient symbol for womanhood and the Holy Grail represents the sacred feminine and the goddess, which of course has now been lost, virtually eliminated by the Church.

It’s a quick, simple read with interesting theories. I recommend it for Michael Crichton and similar thriller fans. I tried a couple of Brown’s earlier novels and they sucked.