The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown has been propagated by the media, but contradicted by the Roman Catholic Church as well as other Christian sects. It has been called a “masterpiece,” “pure genius,” and a “hoax.”
The intricate storyline with its subtle twists cannot overshadow the complex concepts and eloquent language used by the author. His “accurate” research and explanations of symbolism are very convincing amidst the intelligent strain of thought conveyed by the main character, Robert Langdon. Moreover, Brown’s knowledge of art history and his frequent references to Leonardo da Vinci’s genius solidify the content of his novel. Even the sins of the modern-day world and its religions are scrutinized along with Christianity’s controversial history and its foundation. Feminism is advocated, and sexism is scorned. Historical accuracy and religious motives are seriously questioned and debated.
However, Brown’s use of sexual jargon and the involvement of Hieros Gamos in the plot are far from complimentary. In fact, it degrades the novel to a mere shadow of what could have been a brilliant piece of literature.
Despite the imperfections in The Da Vinci Code, Brown demonstrates that historical facts, including the Bible, have been deliberately manipulated and adjusted to serve those who were involved in their deceptive designs.
Ironically, the Roman Catholic Church contradicts its teachings regarding chastity by the acceptance of the sexual content in The Da Vinci Code. Instead, the Church focuses on the blatant criticism of a religious theory contrived by the author of a novel written for adults.
Original review: The bestseller that implicates Leonardo da Vinci, Examiner.com