Posted: May 24, 2016 in Book Reviews


The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

597 pages

Did Leonoardo Da Vinci hide secret messages within his art work? Does the last supper hold the key to the holy grail of Jesus? Is the holy grail the cup that Jesus drank from or something or someone entirely different? Who is Mary Magdaline? Was she prostitute or wife of Christ? These are questions that this book explores as you are taken through a cross european chase to discovered the secrets of The Da Vinci Code.

Like Dan Browns last book Angels and Demons this is a fast paced adventure and mystery that keeps you reading to the very end. Dan Brown does an amazing job taking you through the history of religion and the mysterious Priory of Sion and their military division the Knights Templar. Charged with protecting the secret of the holy grail.

The four highest ranking members of the priory have been killed with odd ritualistic symbolism present at the final killing. Robert Langdon is called in to the investigation, the Harvard symbolist who may be the only one who can solve this crime.

Dan Brown seems to have a knack for explaining symbolism and religious theology in ways that honestly I am not used to thinking in. He touches on the orchestration of matriarchal dominated paganism to the transition to patriarchical dominated christianity. He speaks of Emperor Constantine who theoretically converted to christianity.

“He was a lifelong pagan who was baptized on his deathbed, too weak to protest. In Constantine’s day Rome’s official religion was sun worship – The Cult of Sol Invictus, or the invincible sun – and Constantine was its head priest. Unfortunately for him, a growing religious turmoil was gripping Rome. Three centuries after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, Christs followers had multiplied exponentially. Christians and Pagans began warring, and the conflict grew to such proportions that it threatened to rend Rome in two. Constantine decided something had to be done. In 325 A.D., he decided to unify Rome under a single religion. Christianity.

Constantine was a very good business man. He could see that Christianity was on the rise, and he simply backed the winning horse. Historians still marvel at the brilliance with which Constantine converted the sun worshiping pagans to Christianity. By Fusing Pagan symbols, dates, and rituals into the growing Christian tradition he created a kind of hybrid religion that was acceptable to both parties.

Nothing in Christianity is original. The pre-Christian god Mithras – called the son of God and the light of the world – was born december 25, died, was buried in rock tomb, and then resurrected in three days. By the way December 25th is also the birth day of Osiris, Adonis, and Dionysus. The new-born Krishna was presented with gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Even Christians holy day was stolen from the pagans.”

While the historical accuracy of his theories may be up for question, it certainly reflects an interesting perspective on the origins of Christianity and leads one to want to learn more about it.

Religious history has always been of interest to me but these books by Dan Brown has really sparked a much greater interest in exploring more of the origins of Christianity. I don’t know how much of the claims in his books are accurate or true. How much is based in myth vs facts known about ancient pagan religions. But It certainly poses some interesting questions. It has been a well established fact that much of Christianity as it is known today is ripe with pagan symbolism and tradition. The christmas tree, misletoe, easter bunnies, etc…

What I can say for sure is that Dan Brown has a talent for writing religious thrillers from a academic perspective and it makes for a fascinating read. I loved every chapter and plot turn in this book and would highly recommend it to anyone. We may never know the truth about Mary Magdalene and Christ but what we do know is that the mystery is what keeps our attention.

I give his a 9/10 book worms! only because the end was not quite as dramatic as one would hope given the excitement of the book overall.

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