Wednesday, December 08, 2004

The Da Vinci Code

If you search for The Da Vinci Code on Google, a significant portion of the matches turn out to be pages condoning the book that were created by religious zealots. These pages state that the majority of the content in the book is false, afterwards preceeding to state some peculiar Bible verse in defense of their opinion. These attacks, however, are easily refutable for a variety of reasons.

First and foremost, a lot of the attacks attempt to defend modern religious standards with Bible verses. To do so, however, is ridiculous since the Da Vinci code questions the validity of the Bible as a pure religious document. Since the foundation of their argument is not defended, their whole argument falls down.

These websites also have a major flaw in that they fail to create an unbiased argument. Instead of being comparative, many sites show extreme bias by failing to address both sides of the controversey over the book. This does not necessarily make their arguments invalid, but it does show that they did not analyze the book in an unbiased manner.

People who disenfranchise the book based on its use of "false" or "controversial" historical information fail to recognize the other side's facts as potentially accurate. Not all historical facts in the book were entirely true, but many of them were generalizations and not completely false. Also, just because the facts do not follow the traditional view of Judeo-Christo-Roman history does not mean the book's facts are false either. Our concept of history is not set in stone, it always changes.

In the end, it really doesn't matter whether the facts in the book are accurate or not. People believe what they want to, and the book became popular because people are truly tired of believing what is pressed upon them from the past till now. In the words of John Lennon, "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink." (http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/John_Lennon) The Da Vinci Code is merely a catalyst.

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