Wednesday, May 17, 2006

DaVinci Code Scandal, swEEt!

I am LOVING the whole controversy about the DaVinci code movie. It's a riot! The book has been around forever, it's not like people can't just read the book! And by making this huge stink they are just driving people to see it in droves, or to go get the book.

I love that this morning on the news there was an interview with the cast and director Ron Howard about the movie, and the interviewer asked if how they would have felt had their been a disclaimer at the beginning of the movie, as christian and catholic groups have been pressing for, and actor Ian McKellen who plays Sir Leigh Teabing made the comment that the BIBLE should have a disclaimer in the front. Whoa! I laughed OUT LOUD in the breakroom at class. Touche!
I had an image of Kelso on that 70's Show "Burn!"

I saw a vatican rep on TV last night that made the comment "I read the book and I don't understand what the appeal is." Oh how Droll! I love it! But I do appreciate that the vatican is smart enough to know that making a big fuss will just draw more people towards it, but they are still calling for a catholic boycott. That's like saying, "we don't trust the strength of your religion and ability to make decisions for yourself, so how about you save us priests a bunch of work and just don't go see it."

And in Italy the church persuaded one giant poster (like the one shown here) to be "covered up." I think about slaughterhouse 5 and how they banned it in Footloose and the church was burning books in the library. Puh-Lease. So much for a "free country" eh?

I am currently reading "Labyrinth" By Kate Mosse, which is deemed as the "female DaVinci Code" and is a grail story with similar controversy and scandal, with a woman who protects the grail and a woman who discovers it in modern times. So far it's good, I will keep you posted.


Anonymous said...

The Catholic Church cracks me up! Are the followers sheep? Why can't people make up their own minds. I love how some people take it upon themselves to tell others not to see something they themselves haven't even seen. Why does their opinion matter?
I LOVED The DaVinci Code and can't wait to see the movie. Though, I'm guessing the book is better. That's what always happens.

[m]att™ said...

I also loved the Da Vinci code. I am a little upset that they are making a movie out of it. I mean, the movie will never live up to the book, so why bother. I understand that the movie will get more into people's forefront of thought, and will help drive increasing sales and profits, but it just seems like a shame.

Don't get me wrong though, I'm totally going to see it. Too bad that the church itself doesn't like the idea of its followers having independant thought. OH, wait, that IS the point of the church: to keep the masses subserviant and loyal to those who control them. Anyways, I'd better go before I start rambling ....

Good book !

Seven Star Hand said...

There is a way to verify the truth...

Hello Dazed and all,

Yes, the DaVinci Code is a novel and its version of history is no better than that in the New Testament. In other words, neither is the literal truth, and that is a key point of the story. The primary sub-plot was about purposeful symbology being used to encode hidden meanings, just like the Bible and related texts.

Want to know why we can't let the Vatican succeed at telling us what to think about ancient history? There is a way to verify the truth and that is precisely what the Vatican doesn't want you to understand. If the Bible represented the literal truth and accurate history, there would be no need for faith in the assertions of deceptive and duplicitous clergy and their ilk.

It is undeniable the New Testament is framed by symbolism and allegory. The same is evidenced in the Old Testament, Dead Sea Scrolls, Gnostic texts, biblical apocrypha, and other related texts. All ancient religious, mystical, and wisdom texts have been shrouded in mystery for millennia for one primary reason: The ability to understand their widely evidenced symbology was lost in antiquity. How do we finally solve these ages-old mysteries? To recast an often-used political adage: It’s [the] symbology, stupid!

It's amazing the Vatican still tries to insist the Gospels are literal truth. It is beyond obvious they are replete with ancient Hebrew symbology. Every miracle purported for Jesus has multiple direct symbolic parallels in the Old Testament, Apocalypse, Dead Sea Scrolls, and other symbolic narratives and traditions.

Likewise, the following Washington Post article ( The Book of Bart) describes how many changes and embellishments were made to these texts over the centuries, unequivocally demonstrating they are not original, infallible, or truthful.

What then is the purpose of "faith" but to keep good people from seeking to understand truth and wisdom? It's no wonder the Vatican fears the truth more than anything else. Now comes justice, hot on its heels... (symbolism...)

Revelations from the Apocalypse

Here is Wisdom!!

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