In preparation for our church study and discussion of Dan Brown's, The Da Vinci Code, I finally read the book a few weeks ago. From the stand-point of pure story telling, Dan Brown spins quite a yarn. Even though I was disturbed and disgusted at many points in the book, it was definitely a page-turner.
Even if you haven't read the book, you have probably heard that it is a de facto attack on Christianity. It is - and even though it is chock-full of misinformation and lies, Dan Brown effectively leaves the church with a black-eye (certainly nothing fatal).
What fascinates me more than Brown's attack is what he subtly proposes as the substitute for Christianity. Instead of the Gospel of the incarante Son of God come to save sinners, he holds forth the gnosis of the so-called "Sacred Feminine." Oooooh - now that sounds so intriguing!
Let me tell you something - Dan Brown is brilliant to repackage what he is really proposing with this language. The Da Vinci Code religion of the "sacred feminine," is nothing more than the ancient "fertility cult" of paganism. Ancient fertility cults conceived of the gods or forces at work in the world in sexual terms. When these masculine and feminine gods / forces came "together" they would stimulate activity in the world. So for example, the way for humans to make sure their crops grew was to have sex rituals to stimulate the gods.
Make no mistake - Dan Brown is not just attacking the Gospel or the church, he is subtly promoting pagan fertility cults / sex rituals as a way to stimulate and experience the gods. How people miss this fact simply amazes me. Instead of embracing the good news of Christ, they flirt with ancient paganism. That's what you get when you imbibe the religion of the, "Sacred Feminine." I'll take a pass.