OK, question. The Da Vinci Code is a film of a book which makes a couple of claims (maybe several) which go against religious teaching. It never claims to be anything more than fiction… is that ok? or does simple mis-portrayal of religious characters constitude blasphemy …
I’ve just found out that the first page is whats causing all the controversy. Its titled ‘facts’, claiming the existence of the Prioiry of Sion and Opus Dei are real organisations. They both are - they even both have websites! He goes on to state: ’ all descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents and secret rituals in this novel are accurate’.
It doesn’t seem to suggest that anything else (like his storylines which deviate from church teachings, for example) are based on any factual knowledge anyway.
this is true, though there is a large difference, in so far as JFK did die, so that conspiracy isn’t about the big guy himself.
The moon landing one i don’t give any real thought to, as i don’t think they’d have put so much money and time into it, as well as had so many accidents since, if they’d not gotten there in the first place.
Thus, things written about a person from 2000 years ago, disagreeing with a book that may or may not be factual, dependent upon your religious persuasion, is a bit more controversial to some, and not in the slightest controversial to others.
(because it wasn’t aiding the conversation as a whole) (or in the slightest :P)
Opus Dei and the Priory of Sion do you are correct both exist
Opus Dei is a Catholic institution founded by Saint JosemarÃa EscrivÃ¡. Its mission is to help people turn their work and daily activities into occasions for growing closer to God, for serving others, and for improving society.
The novel describes Opus Dei as “a Catholic Church” and portrays it as an order of monks with members serving as assassins, one of whom (Silas) is a key character in the book.
The group’s name is based on a local mountain in France (Col du Mont Sion), not Mount Zion in Jerusalem. It has no connection with the Crusaders, the Templars, or previous movements incorporating “Sion” into their names.
The organization broke up after a short time, but in later years Pierre Plantard revived it, claimed he was the “grand master” or leader of the organization, and began making outrageous claims regarding its antiquity, prior membership, and true purposes.
Dan Brown begins The Da Vinci Code with a page labeled Fact, on which he describes the Priory of Sion as “a European society founded in 1099, a real organization”
My understanding is that the issues most people have with this film is the misportrayal of these organisations and religious facts surrounding the film/novel. Whilst I think people appreciate this is only fictional it is the way that it is portrayed as fact and the way Dan Brown has claimed it to be fact both on his own website and in interview that have caused such uproar.
I’m still not convincec by this claim that the religious representations have been claimed as ‘fact’. I have yet to find any interviews or statements which suggest that he claims these religious ‘misrepresentations’ are fact. As far as I can see, he makes the distinction between fact and fiction by stating the things which are fact (suggesting by implication that what is left is not). I just think that if he claimed factual basis for something he couldn’t support, he would have been sued (and lost) by now.
Also, the Silas thing is interesting. In the middle ages, priests and monks etc were sent as ‘assasins’ of the church and pre-pardoned for thier sins. Annoyingly, I can’t remember what its called.
In HDM they call it Pre-emptive Penance, whereby a priest stores up some ‘credit’ for a sin not yet committed. Its practised only by the Consistorial Court of Discipline - a secret and powerful chhurch body. The term consistory means a body which was often used by the pope in the past to help manage ecclesiastical matters. The term has also been used elsewhere; for example, “Consistorial Courts” in the Church of Ireland were charged with administering wills and the like, and may thus have also achieved a degree of worldly power.
I really should do more revision and less mucking around
I saw a bit of during dinner, it was showing bits of the Louvre
Anyway it isn’t his idea, the actually concept of his book was from a previous book called ‘Holy blood, Holy Grail’. Brown just turned the book into another book (i haven’t read all of the original one, i only started it). Thats why the authors of HB HG tried to sue Brown…