The Da Vinci Code
I know I hype a lot of books on here, but very rarely do I read a novel that makes me want to do further research. That’s exactly what happened while reading The Da Vinci Code. On the surface level, the novel is about a granddaughter who is trying to figure out who murdered her grandfather. However, as the story unravels, I started to question things I had taken for granted related to Christianity. I started to wonder if there really was any truth to notion that many aspects of Christianity like the divinity of Jesus was the result of a vote by the Council of Nicaea. Also, did the pagan Roman emperor “Constantine the Great” really fuse pagan symbols, dates, and rituals to create a hybrid religion from the cult of Sol Invictus and Christianity? Furthermore, do we really go to Church on Sundays because Constantine shifted the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday so it could coincide with the pagan’s veneration day of the sun? Is it not because God created the world in six days and on the seventh (Sunday), he made it a day of rest? Is Jesus really the Son of God? And what was his real relationship to Mary Magdalene a decendent from the House of Benjamin? Was she really his wife who gave birth to his child? Or is she really just a prostitute as it portrayed in the bible today. Was the Holy Grail, a woman also believed to be Mary Magdalene? All of these questions and many more popped into my head while devouring this book. In addition, there were times when I ran to my computer to look up great arts of work referenced in the book. For example, I checked out an image of the Mona Lisa painting because I wanted to see if on closer inspection she looked more like a hermaphrodite. In addition, I also looked for an image of The Last Supper painting, because I wanted to see if there really was a woman sitting to the right of Jesus. Beyond these questions related to Christianity and a renewed interest in art, I now have this desire to learn more about cryptology, secret societies like The Priory of Sion and Opus Dei which is a prelature of the Catholic Church. So my friends, this was definitely a great find. Thanks to my former boss for recommending and my best guy friend for purchasing from my wish list; and if you don’t already own, run (not walk) to the bookstore and buy a copy. It’s a thought provoking read.