A few weeks back i mentioned about starting to read The Da Vinci Code, and a few nights ago I finished the book. Although I found it an interesting and slightly entertaining read, I wouldn't say it was a great story or style, and I definitely wouldn't say I found it convincing. However, it is easy to see that all those people who don't know anything about Church history could find the book somewhat persuasive, if not even attractive. (I don't claim to know a lot, but I know enough to know that a lot of the historical 'facts' in the books are garbage). Let's face it: the feminists love it for obvious reasons, the people who like to have a excuse to have sex at whim would like it too, etc etc.
But in the end it is a work of fiction, and if Dan Brown thinks he can pass it off as a historical piece with a storyline thrown in, he is sadly mistaken.
If i may, let me address a few the issues raised by the book. (I do not claim to be an expert on any of these topics, but I do write with some conviction.)
Where on earth do people get that the Church is anti-female??? These people never seem to notice that the most important, revered, and venerated human in the history of the Church that wasn't God is a woman (Mary)!! There is no chance that we will become God, so surely this is a significant point.
Also where do people get that the Church considers and portrays sex as a lewd or explicit act? Sex is truly a beautiful and wonderous thing (and the Church considers it as such), but like all things only in the correct context (namely the sanctity of marriage). Sex outside this context is mentally and spiritually dangerous (not to mention health-wise).
There are many others (not to mention the historical inaccuracies of the novel on which there is already a great amount of literature) that I will not go into.
Back to normal blogging:
Yesterday was a bit strange: I had the catch the CityCat into work experience, where I have to get off at the Southbank stop. However, I am so used to catching the CityCat all the way up the river to uni, that I was so zoned out on my iPod (also being tired early in the morning), that i didn't even notice that we had passed Southbank. I was thinking at the time: hey there goes Southbank. hmmm, wait a minute, I was supposed to get off there!!! *expletives removed*. I ended up getting off at North Quay and walking back over Victoria Bridge.
I caught the CityCat again this morning, and made sure i didn't make the same mistake. On today's CityCat I had an interesting conversation with a guy that has been working on the CityCat for almost as long as I have been catching it (at least to uni anyways, which is almost 5 years).