Video: Lies, damned lies, and Dan Brown books

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Angels and Demons, the bestselling sequel to the infamous The Da Vinci Code, just hit the big screens. I haven’t seen it. And I don’t intend to because I’ve learned enough from Dan Brown himself about his intent to spread misinformation about the Catholic Church – all to make a buck, no doubt (and I don’t have many bucks). Many will say that it’s no big deal, it’s just a fictional story. I wish it were that simple.

In a way, books and movies like these, although entirely fictional, are more dangerous to Truth than other types of deceit because they do so under the guise of “historical fiction.” They just leave out the part that the only “historical” part is the clothing they happen to be wearing. And viewers leave it questioning just which parts were actually historical and which parts were fiction.

And what makes it doubly dangerous is their enormous appeal to a pop culture ready and willing to accept as fact any bit of rubbish that comes out of a Hollywood ego’s mouth. All the while they’re unwilling to give a second thought to what a 2000 year wise institution has to say for itself on the matter. Go figure.

Anyway, Fr. Barron sets things straight, as usual. He also gives a good recount of the Church’s marriage of science and faith. Good stuff.

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Cló Mhuire May 17, 2009 at 10:36 am

There’s an agenda going on, don’t be too surprised at the ways and means they work in and through! It’s the times we’re in. Isn’t it wonderful to have our faith, to walk in the truth and be happy! We have that joy that only comes from the Holy Spirit! On with Pentecost!

Father Randy May 21, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Hollywood will exploit any and all things, religion (namely the Catholic faith) as an easy target. Despite the negative press the Church continues to endure, it is part of our mission as believers to continue to voice our opposition without getting defensive, for that is the hopes of these people: Being defensive = more press. Grassroots efforts such as this blog post are the foundation of spreading truth.

No matter what they say or do, you have the Holy Spirit on your side.

Catholic debating pro-life April 27, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Hey guys, actually read the books. First of all, they are not even anti-Catholic. They are religiouslhy neutral and center around the Catholic Church because we’re very widespread and frankly interesting.

The problem is not the books themselves. They are being presented as complete and total fiction. Dan Brown is doing nothing wrong, because he’s presenting the books as NOT REAL. Fictional. The problem is when people whyo don’t understand what “fiction” means act as if it’s nonfiction. You can read the books and watch the movie as long as you realize that the books are FICTIONAL.

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