DAN BROWN'S 'ABYSMAL IGNORANCE'It really hurts that, notwithstanding all the valid objections that have been written and said about this man's fiction and criticisms about his 'ignorance' and disingenuous claim to presenting 'only historical fact' in his fiction, he must think himself completely armored and impervious to all of it by the megabucks he has already earned and will go on earning for as long as there are people willing to be gulled, and must spend his days chortling his heart out about all his critics on the way to the bank!
Here is the second ZENIT piece on DVC, trnaslated from the Italian -
Decoding the secret of
Dan Brown's abysmal ignorance
”The attack against the truths of Christian faith wrought by Dan Brown in his book may yet boomerang,” according to the Jesuit priest Gerald O’Collins.
Emritus professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he taught fundamental theology for 32 years, this Australian Jesuit is one of the best authorites on Brown’s fiction.
Zenit interviewed him in Rome on May 10, shortly before he spoke on “The DVC Phenomenon” at the day of reflection on “Catholicism and 20th Century Literature” organized by the Pontifical Council on Culture in cooperation with the Institute of the Italian Encyclopedia.
”I was recently in Washington,” O’Collins said, “where 400 persons came to listen while I pointed out the thousands of errors in Brown’s text. I have never before had to explain the differences between the Gospels and the gnostic gospels to so many people all at once.”
“It is true that the public success of this book was favored by a widespread religious ignorance,” he continued. “But perhaps now it is possible to explain so many things about Cristianity that people have forgotten or simply did not know.”
Dan Brown and so many editorial writers have claimed that the Gospels were imposed by a minority group of Christians and that the truth can be found instead in the gnostic Gospels…
According to Brown, it was Constantine who imposed the four Gospels and decreed they should be left alone, but in reality, there were at least 80 competing Gospels in the 4th century, all of them more or less at the same level….But this argument just shows an abysmal ignorance.
The true history tells us that in the second century, two centuries before Constantine, Saint Irianeus and others had demonstrated clearly that four Gospels existed. The actual Gospels preceded the gnostic Gospels. The Gospel of John, which is the last of the four, was written in AD 90-95, several decades before any other authors started writing the gnostic gospels.
In the letters of St. Paul and in the Acts of the Apostles, there is no reference whatsoever to the gnostic gospels. Even St. John who lived between the synagogue and the Church and had to confroint whoever denied the divinity of Christ, never once spoke of the gnostic Gospels.
Those that are called gnostic Gospels are not even Gospels, because they do not recount the entire story of Jesus and do not speak at all about His death and resurrection. Whereas the Gospel reports the story in full.
If one reads the Gospel of Mark, we see the Baptism, the life of Christ, his minsitry, his Passion, death and resurrection. That is a Gospel.
The so-called Gospel of Thomas is nothing but a list of sayings. This is an abuse of the term Gospel. It is an abuse that has become common in our day as exemplified by that so-called Gospel of Judas.
Those who love the gnostics choose some sayings and ignore embarrassing passages, such as, for example, the gnostics’ hatred for the Old Testament and their anti-Semitic attitude. The gnostics were against the body and most of all, against women
. [Irony of ironies, that Brown's subtext in DVC appears to be an exaltation of the divine cult of women
For example, at the end of the so-called Gospel of Thomas, Simon Peter objects and says, “Mary should leave us! Because women are not worthy of Life,” to which Jesus reponds: “Look here, I will guide her to make her masculine, so that she may become a living spirit eequal to you males. Because every female who makes herself masculine will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”
But why has Dan Brown had such enormous success with the public?
Well, he has had little competition. Several years ago, there was (the) Lord of the Rings
(revival) and the nascent phenomenon of Harry Potter. We also do not have great writers like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis
And then there is an ongoing campaign to say that people are disappointed with the official Church and that priests in the United States are pedophiles
. This has encouraged suspicion and morbid interest in what Brown has called “the secret hidden for centuries – Jesus married to Mary Magdalene.” I would say instead, “Discover the secret of Dan Brown's abysmal ignorance.”
Can you give us some examples
There is nothing new in the book except his very eccentric explanation of the Last Supper
by Leonardo. But it is evident in some parts of the book that Brown confuses Leonardo with Michaelangelo. The other stories like Jesus wed to Mary Magdalene have been told by an infinity of earlier authors. I remember a book by the Australian journalist Donovan Joyce, who wrote a book called “The Jesus Scroll” in the 60s. So it is not surprising that there was a court action regarding plagiarism. Who knows how many have written the same thing?
Many prelates have publicly expressed their concerns against this book and the film inspired by it. What would you do?
I find very interesting what the Catholic Church in Great Britain has done, which was to prepare pamphlets which expose the great deception and recount instead what is known as fact. Even in Australia, some dioceses are preparing their faithful
to counteract Brown’s falsehoods in study encounters. I would avail of the situation to open the debate in a way that would unmask Brown’s lies.
The third ZENIT story was filed much later and I still have to translate it - it is Opus Dei's reply to the film director Ron Howard's statement dismissing the need for a disclaimer
Also, the momentum of anti-DVC reaction may well build up till the film opens, so if I am taking the time and effort to post such material here, it is because it is my poor personal effort to help 'circle the wagons' against this near-unprecedented atgtack by popular culture against Christianity and the Church.
[Modificato da TERESA BENEDETTA 14/05/2006 18.34]