The book and the movie alike are based on a series of elaborate and unauthorized conflations between what the author believes to be historical facts and what the author thinks is true. They are both, of course, wrong.
But they are both wrong in different ways. In fact, if you have read more than one version of The Da Vinci Code , you will know that each has its own unique way of making these two points.
But neither does it really matter which way you do it. It’s just that both versions get it right at some level or another. That is what makes them both interesting and fun to read, to think about and to discuss.
Many of the lessons that Christians learn from the Da Vinci Code can be transferred to other contexts, and you wouldn’t want to miss them:
• Great personalities who have overcome adversity can inspire us. In particular, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Pablo Picasso
• Great writers, artists and musicians have made their mark in history (and will continue to do so)
• Great heroes/heroines who were marginalized or shunned by society can inspire us (indeed, we admire them!)
• Be careful what you wish for: it’s not always good news. It’s worth being prepared for disappointment. We may not get what we wish for. What we do get is better than we could have imagined. This is a great lesson to learn from The Da Vinci Code novels and movies. It will help you learn how to leverage your strengths and assets as a startup in a new market so that you can make more money than you ever dreamed possible — even if it means going through tough times like this one — and live a life that is full of meaningfully fulfilling work!
The Da Vinci Code is one of the most controversial and widely discussed books of all time, with various interpretations and arguments for and against it. It was recently made into a film starring Tom Hanks, who plays Leonardo Da Vinci, as well as an HBO series directed by Paul Haggis. For people who do not know the story behind this book (which is much more complex than I can cover here), it is a complicated book that tries to answer some important questions about art, religion, history and even the nature of God. The author was a Catholic priest and professor at Georgetown University, who tragically died in an airplane crash while conducting research on The DaVinci Code. The subject matter has been heavily debated by scholars and theologians since its publication.
This blog post attempts to set out some of the more interesting points from the book, using my own views to go over some of them in greater detail than I can here (I will provide links to further reading).
The first thing I want to start with is that there are some pretty extreme views around this book. For example, Wikipedia’s entry on the book says that “the Da Vinci Code represents a form of anti-Christian polemic” (emphasis added). This is simply inaccurate; the text does not make any claim about the nature or essence of Christianity or any specific religion or belief system; it simply makes an argument about its relationship with other religions. It is certainly true that many commentators have argued that there is a fundamental tension between “good” Christian faith and what they believe they should do in life: they are worried that their faith will be judged in light of their actions.
The second point I want to make is that no matter how you interpret it, The Da Vinci Code actually has quite a few things going for it — so many things in fact that even I am surprised there isn’t more controversy around it (this blog post should help explain why). Many people have found inspiration in its narrative; others have seen echoes of their own experiences or past beliefs. Others still find inspiration in its narrative from both sides — from those who see parallels between themselves and Jesus or other religious figures or from those who see parallels between him/herself/itself and others/the world etc., really anyone with an interesting setting for them can find something in there worth discussing!