Has Anyone Read The DaVinci Code?

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Has Anyone Read The DaVinci Code?
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Mon, 11-24-2003 - 3:05pm
I thought it was a pretty good novel-fun. But then I learned that lots of people were taking it seriously. This Sunday a local church is having a book discussion on it, and I'm going to be there. It sounds like a really good time.

Mary M. giving birth to Jesus' children? Does that make the offspring half-gods, like something from Greek or Roman Mythology? lol

Joan

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Tue, 12-16-2003 - 6:24pm
I don't believe Mary would make them any better. I'd just raise the children Catholic. I haven't thought about going beyond my own beliefs to read the novel. Someday perhaps when there's nothing else to think about.
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Thu, 12-18-2003 - 7:20am

..If memory serves me correctly, I think somebody had posted about this before.

 


 


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Tue, 12-23-2003 - 4:20am
I believe the novel may BE based on facts from history books, located right in the religion section of our libraries. No doubt, I'll need to do some Comparative Religion!
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Fri, 12-26-2003 - 8:22am
Joan, How was your book club on this book? I heard Cardinal McCarrick speaking on it the other day and he was really interesting. I think it's amusing that people feel so threatened by this book that even those who HAVE read it are afraid to consider the "what-ifs" in a detached theoretical way. As if even considering the notions are enough to get them struck down for blasphemy despite a lifetime of living their Catholic beliefs and realizing that the novel is just fiction and the discussions are just theoretical. I find even more amusing the people who are so threatened by the press around the book that they won't even read it, yet they have some mighty strong opinions on it.

It reminds me a bit of the fundies when they talk about "polluting the soul", "junk in, junk out", etc. As if humans have no ability to reason and distinguish, think for themselves and STILL choose their faith in the end.

"Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have. The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases." - Thomas Jeff

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Sun, 01-04-2004 - 2:12pm
It was very interesting. Fr Raymond Collins (a priest since 1959) gave the lecture.

That a priest wasn't offended and was willing to discuss it should be an eye-opener to those who fear reading it.

Anyway, he gave so much information--that the Vatican was in financial trouble and that one secret society or another did bail it out, that it is possible that Jesus was married, but unlikely, that the Church has never commented officially on His marital status, that in Hebrew writing wives of rabbiis were not mentioned, though we know that rabbis did marry, that he thinks that Jesus was not married, not because it wasn't mentioned in the bible, but because of the comment about eunuchs, that he believes that Jesus could have had a child, but that that child would have been a perfectly typical mortal, and that he doesn't think that Jesus had any children, that women's roles were suppresed in the earliest years of the Church, etc.

There's one part of this that I disagree with. The part about Jesus and possible children. Maybe I shouldn't say that I disagree. I should say that I have questions about it. When I read that there was a group who beleived that Jesus was married to MM and that they had children, I think that they were borrowing from other religions and mythologies in which Gods and mortals had children. Gods impregnating mortals wouldn't have been a new idea. But I don't know. How do you discover what those people were thinking? Where did the idea that MM and Jesus were married originate? Was it always part of the Jesus stories, or was it something that crept in a little later by people who thought that it was true, or at least could have been, or maybe only that it should have been. Were they attempting to give MM more prestige by linking her more intimately with Jesus?

At any rate, that stuff wasn't included in the Bible, so it will never be included, even if we find out that it was true. And I wonder what the Bible Only crowd will do with that? If we find that Jesus was married to MM, what will they say about it? They contend that all we do and can know about Jesus, asside from personal revelation, is found in the Bible. Will they add a book to the Bible?

Joan