Thursday, May 18, 2006

77% Can Be Really, Really Wrong

Fandango reports that 77% of the movie tickets purchased through the site for the past week were for "The Da Vinci Code."

Given the rotten reviews, there are only a couple of reasons anyone would go see the picture now. You're a huge fan of the book and absolutely must see the film; you love anti-Catholic propaganda so you must feed your need; you have nothing better to do. There may be other reasons but those are the the big three.

If you're a member of the Reason #1 set, well, it's understandable. I realize the state of education in America has never been lower, so it's no surprise that a lot of people would read DVC and think it's a great book.

If you fall into the Reason #2 category, well, what can I say. I have a number of friends in that category so I'd rather not point out the obvious.

But if you are one of the Reason #3 crowd, I can help you. There are lots of other things you could be doing this weekend! In particular you could go to a different movie. "Over The Hedge" looks like fun, and you can earn valuable brownie points by offering to take your sister's kids to the movies.

Join the "Othercott." Buy tickets for "Over The Hedge." Screw up the studios' tracking numbers. It's the only language they understand. If Jesus Christ means anything to you at all, go to the movies. The one that doesn't try to convince the world that Christ was a fake. That every claim Dan Brown makes is true.

Any doubts about Mr Brown's intentions? See below.

NPR Weekend Edition interview April 26, 2003

LINDA WERTHEIMER: "How long does it take you to research a book like this? I assume that, among other things, you would hear from the world if you’ve got anything wrong."

DAN BROWN: "Certainly. And it takes me about two and a half years to entirely research and write a book like this. Before I even started writing a page, I’d spent a year in research, and a lot of the research for Angels and Demons that I did in Vatican City played into this book, as well as my art history training in Seville."

LINDA WERTHEIMER: "You’re trying not to get too fictional with the facts here?"

DAN BROWN: "Absolutely. The only thing fictional in The Da Vinci Code is the characters and the action that takes place. All of the locations, the paintings, the ancient history, the secret documents, the rituals, all of this is factual.

CNN Sunday Morning interview May 25, 2003

MARTIN SAVIDGE: "...When we talk about da Vinci and your book, how much is true and how much is fabricated in your storyline?"

DAN BROWN: "99 percent of it is true. All of the architecture, the art, the secret rituals, the history, all of that is true, the Gnostic gospels. All of that is. All that is fiction, of course, is that there's a Harvard symbologist named Robert Langdon, and all of his action is fictionalized. But the background is all true."

Good Morning America interview November 3, 2003 (ABC News Transcripts)

CHARLES GIBSON: "...This is a novel. If you were writing it as a non-fiction book.... how would it have been different?"

DAN BROWN: "I don't think it would have. I began the research for The Da Vinci Code as a skeptic. I entirely expected, as I researched the book, to disprove this theory. And after numerous trips to Europe, about two years of research, I really became a believer. And it’s important to remember that this is a novel about a theory that has been out there for a long time."
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Seven Star Hand said...

There is a way to verify the truth...

Hello Sue and all,

Yes, the DaVinci Code is a novel. It is no more accurate as a literal version of history than is the New Testament. In other words, neither is the literal truth, which is a key fact of the story and ancient history. The primary sub-plot is about purposeful symbology being used to encode hidden meanings, exactly like the Bible and related texts. Arguing about whether the DaVinci Code, Gospel of Judas, or the Bible are accurate history is a Machiavellian red herring designed to hide the truth by misdirecting your inquiry away from the heart of the matter.

Want to truly understand why we can't let the Vatican succeed at telling us what to think about ancient history? There is a foolproof way to verify the truth and expose centuries-old religious deceptions. It is also the common thread connecting why the ancient Hebrews, Yahad/Essene, Jews, Gnostics, Cathars, Templars, Dead Sea Scrolls, DaVinci Code, and others have all been targets of Rome’s ire and evil machinations. What the Vatican and its secret society cohorts don’t want you to understand is that the ancient Hebrew symbology in all of these texts purposely encodes and exposes the truth about them. Furthermore, the structure of ancient symbology verifiably encodes the rules to decode messages built with it. This is what they most fear you will discover.

If the Bible represented the literal truth or even accurate history, there would be no need for faith in the assertions of deceptive and duplicitous clergy and their ilk. Wisdom and faith are opposing concepts, because wisdom requires the unequivocal truth where faith obfuscates and opposes it. Religion is therefore the enemy of truth and wisdom.

It is undeniable the New Testament is framed by ancient Hebrew symbolism and allegory. The same is evidenced in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Gnostic texts, biblical apocrypha, DaVinci Code, and other related texts. All ancient religious, mystical, and wisdom texts have been shrouded in mystery for millennia for one primary reason: The ability to understand their widely evidenced symbology was lost in antiquity. How do we finally solve these ages-old mysteries? To recast an often-used political adage: It’s [the] symbology, stupid!

It is amazing the Vatican still tries to insist the Gospels are literal truth. It is beyond obvious they are replete with ancient Hebrew symbology. Every miracle purported for Jesus has multiple direct symbolic parallels in the Old Testament, Apocalypse, Dead Sea Scrolls, and other symbolic narratives and traditions. This is the secret held by the ancient Gnostics, Templars, and Cathars, which is presented with dramatic effect in the DaVinci Code. None of these narratives or stories were ever intended as the literal truth. That is a key fact to unraveling ages-old mysteries.

Likewise, the following Washington Post article ( The Book of Bart) describes how many changes and embellishments were made to New Testamant texts over the centuries, unequivocally demonstrating they are not original, infallible, or truthful.

What then is the purpose of "faith" but to keep good people from seeking to understand truth and wisdom? It's no wonder the Vatican fears the truth more than anything else. Seek to understand the symbolic significance of my name (Seven Star Hand) and you will have proof beyond disproof that Jews, Christians, and Muslims have long been duped by the great deceivers I warned humanity about over the millennia.

Now comes justice, hot on its heels... (symbolism...)

Revelations from the Apocalypse

Not only do I talk the talk, I walk the walk...
Here is Wisdom!!

Jon said...

DIH, you should be honored, honored to have received such a distinguished guest as our last commentor. His website describes him thusly:

"Lawrence W. Page II is the Teacher of Righteousness reincarnated who now stands forth as the long-prophesied Messiah and Lion of the Tribe of Juda, the Root of David; (a.k.a. Melchizedek, 'Archangel' Michael, Moses, Elijah, the Branch, the Stem and the Rod from the Stump of Jesse) to decisively end millennia of Vatican deception, injustice, genocide, false doctrine, and false prophecy. Here is Wisdom!!"

The Vatican is shaking in its little booties, now!

Sue said...

Jon- I'm pretty sure I saw him on community access cable a couple of times.

RC said...

i've been shocked to see the poor reviews...

i'm very curious to see how the othercott turns out...

i'm sure preaching about the film in churches only encourages christian attendence to DVC.

--RC of

Joke said...

Pity there are some Messiahs who fail to meet the same fate as Jesus.


Edna Sweetlove said...

Yes, dear, DVC is massively popular over here in the UK as well - Edna agrees that this reflects appallingly our low educational standards and cultural levels, but then it hardly comes as a surprise really...

Hidden among the stars said...

There's a fourth reason people choose to watch the movie: drawn to explore controversy and perhaps to decide for themeselves.

I've read the book a couple years ago, and was unimpressed. I will not see the movie. My impression is that after a big pumped up start, it will fade into obscurity and be remembered only as a piece of controversial fiction. The bad reviews will help it along to that fate by season's end.

I didn't participate in the "Othercott", choosing simply a much more rewarding evening being a homebody.

Christopher McLaughlin said...

Sue... or should we call you seven star hand... you're not fooling anyone. I recognize your satirical style anywhere. What are you tryin'a do... generate controversy? I noticed none of your readers took the bait. Nice try.