Originally posted by ivanhoe
"There is a very real risk that many people who read it will believe that the fables it contains are true."
..... in the Da Vinci Code ?
As you all know there is a huge controversy about this book throughout the whole world. Now a Roman Catholic Cardinal, Bertone, has spoken out against the book. A Roman-Catholic bishop has spoken in favour of the book.
"You can't be a modern youth without having read it. The book is everywhere," Bertone said. "There ...[text shortened]... at do you believe of the book's content of which the writer states it is, as a whole, fiction ?
People already believed them; they had been around a long time. Just as gnosticism has been around a long time (and was, at least at one time, a “stream” within the church).
I personally think the fables—and the whole “conspiracy theory” woven into them—is pretty far-fetched, but I wouldn’t want to assign a probability statistic to it. It is always risky to assert that something could or could not have happened historically based on doctrinal positions—that’s where you run into all of the “God of the gaps” stuff, for one thing. I have read some of the “blood-and-grail” type stuff behind it, and didn’t find that compelling either. I have yet to see any really good scholarship there.
I enjoyed the book—as fiction
—even though it was far from being great literature (it was a thriller). It was a good “distraction” read.