The DaVinci Code
I have but one gripe with this book that was otherwise a fantastic, enjoyable read and filled with much to think about.
While I agree that the world in general is too patriarchal, and especially western religions, this book makes the mistake of the pendulum swing, in overdoing the shift in the opposite direction. The ideal scenario is a balanced relationship between the role of men and women, both at home, and in all levels of society.
Here is my response to Brown, who attempts to un-deify Jesus in his book. If Jesus is un-deified, so is Magdalene, and the whole concept of the "goddess." You can't have it both ways.
The truth is a balance. Jesus was God in the flesh -- and so was Magdalene! And so are we (or something like that). That is the grail! You beat around the bush, but in dethroning Jesus, you also missed the punch line on Mary -- and the second coming may actually have some surprises in that regard as well. I've found this truth may times in my studies of the Alphabetics Bible Code which I discovered.
For example, word 517 in the Old Testament lexicon is the Hebrew word for "mother." "517" is a representation of May 17, which is near Mother's day. Word 517 in the New Testament means "Invisible," with synonym, "the hidden one." That is but one of thousands of such code-like hits I've found on the subject. May 17, 2004 also happens to be the date I commenced this feature page on The Da Vinci Code. All "coincidences" have meaning.
Thus, when it comes to what Dan Brown does by way of bringing attention to the forgotten Magdalene, he gets my highest praise. In snubbing Magdalene and Eve, Western Religion has also oppressed women and their gifts. As we go back into the garden, so also will the woman be enthroned in her rightful place as a yin-yang match for man, not lesser, not weaker, not inferior -- but equal, as in synergistic.
Dan's novel does us all a favor by stirring up questions, the quest for the answers of which will change humanity for the better.
-- Sterling D. Allan, May 18, 2004
|Heavenly Mother, God's Soul Companion|
|Magdalene -- Metaphor for the Church/Bride|
|Polygamy -- A Stumbling Block|
|Conspiracy to Establish World Socialist Government|
|p. 93 - PHI|
|p. 106 - Rose Line|
|p. 113, 157 - Priory of Sion|
|p. 158 - Knights Templar|
|p. 161 - Holy Grail|
|p. 232 - Paganization of Christianity|
|p. 233 - Jesus not Deity (see comment above)|
|p. 256 - Jesus' Progeny|
|p. 268 - Piscean age turning to Acquarius|
|p. 326 - Priory of Sion Grand Masters|
|p. 432 - Roslin|
Considering the thesis of Dan's book (Jesus had offspring . . .)
Doctrine and Covenants 86:8-10
"Therefore, thus saith the Lord unto you, with whom the priesthood hath continued through the lineage of your fathers -- for ye are lawful heirs, according to the flesh, and have been hid from the world with Christ in God -- therefore your life and the priesthood have remained, and must needs remain through you and your lineage until the restoration of all things spoken by the mouths of all the holy prophets since the world began."
|The Official Web Site of Bestselling Author Dan Brown|
|Da Vinci Code Guide - A Reader's Guide to Dan Brown's bestselling thriller.|
|What is Opus Dei? - Learn about the real Opus Dei and its founder, Saint Josemaria|
|The DaVinci Code: Uncover The Code Contest - Random House|
Of course there will those who adamantly disagree with such a radical book. Read it and decide for yourself.
|ApologeticsIndex.org -- Da Vinci Code - index of resources|
|Explosive Da Vinci DVD - "Examine What Dan Brown Didn't Know! See New Sites, Hear The Experts."|
|The Da Vinci Hoax|
|Deciphering Da Vinci Code|
|Breaking Da Vinci? - The infallible Word came from a 4th century power play? Get real.|
Other Novels by Dan Brown
|The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future - by Riane Eisler. Tells history from perspective of violence versus peace depending on whether the prevailing god was male or female.|
Quite humorous how many entire books there are to debunk Dan's book. Must have hit a nerve!
|Secrets of the Code: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code - by Dan Burstein (Editor), et al.|
|Breaking The Da Vinci Code : Answers to the Questions Everybody's Asking - by Darrell L. Bock|
|Da Vinci Code Decoded: The Truth Behind the New York Times #1 Bestseller - by Martin Lunn|
|Cracking Da Vinci's Code: You've Read the Fiction, Now Read the Facts - by James L., PH.D. Garlow, Peter, PH.D. Jones|
|The Truth Behind the Da Vinci Code: A Challenging Response to the Bestselling Novel - by Richard Abanes|
|Da Vinci Code: Fact or Fiction - by Hank Hannegraaff, et al|
|The Da Vinci Hoax: Exposing the Errors in The Da Vinci Code - by Carl E. Olson, Sandra Miesel|
|Depth and Details - A Reader's Guide to Dan Brown's the Da Vinci Code - by Betsy Eble|
|Cracking the Da Vinci Code : The Unauthorized Guide to the Facts Behind Dan Brown's Bestselling Novel - by Simon Cox|
|The Gospel Code: Novel Claims About Jesus, Mary Magdalene and Da Vinci - by Ben, III Witherington|
|De-Coding Davinci: The Facts Behind the Fiction of the Da Vinci Code - by Amy Welborn|
|Fact and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code - by Steve Kellmeyer|
|Google News > Da Vinci Code - latest stories, mostly show Christians in a furor. But let's not throw out the baby with the bathwater. Dan goes to far, but he makes some excellent points.|
|Other books reviewed by Sterling Allan|
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D. Allan May 17, 2004
Last updated May 23, 2006