I’ve been reading Dan Brown’s best-selling novel, The DaVinci Code. I was aware, based on his previous novel, Angels and Demons, that Brown had a secular view of religion in general and Christianity in particular.
However, he goes much farther in DaVinci than he did in Angels and Demons. The premise of The DaVinci Code is that the divinity of Jesus was invented by Constantine and rubber-stamped by the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325 as a means of establishing Christianity as the official state religion. (Which, by the way, Constantine did not do. It was Theodosius who made Christianity the official religion of the Empire in A.D. 380.)
Unfortunately for the undiscerning reader, Brown invented not only the plot of his novel, but most of his history as well. In a nutshell, Jesus was worshipped as God from the very beginning, immediately following the Resurrection. Brown simply dismisses out of hand reams of solid evidence, biblical and extra-biblical, that contradict his theory.
This disturbs me a bit, although it’s the kind of thing that’s been thrown against the foundation of Christianity for generations. Stopping in a mall bookstore over the weekend with my daughter, I pointed out a large display anchored by copies of The DaVinci Code. Surrounding Brown’s work were similar books the staff thought might interest readers–books on Jesus’ secret marriage to Mary Magdalene, the Rosicrucians, the bloodline of Christ, “secret” gospels suppressed by the early church, and so on.
In short, Dan Brown seems to be sparking a boomlet in sales of heretical literature.
Okay. People have a right to buy and read whatever they want, and I do not support efforts to ban or burn everything I disagree with. And I have to admit, Dan Brown writes a pretty good story.
However, I’m convinced that, now more than ever, there is a crying need for good Christian entertainment in our secular world. It doesn’t even need to be overtly Christian, just written from a Christian world view. That’s what I hope to achieve with the book I’m writing now. God willing, it’s a small step in the right direction.