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Angels & Demons
Fact or Fiction ?
The movie Angels & Demons is based on Dan
Brown’s book of the same name. While it occasionally states things that
are true it also makes many seriously false accusations against the
states on its opening page,
“There's nothing that's anti-Catholic in the
movie Angels & Demons.
Scottish actor Ewan McGregor claims,
“If there had been anything that I felt kind of dissed someone else's
religion, I wouldn't have been involved in it.”
And yet just consider the following excerpts
from web pages reviewing this movie and the book upon which it is based.
Much Thanks to Steven D. Greydanus, Mark Shea,
Carl Olson, and Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
Lies, Damned Lies and Dan Brown: Fact-checking Angels & Demons
by Steven D. Greydanus
Here’s how Tom Hanks’s Langdon describes the
relevant history in an exchange with Vatican police head Ernesto
“The Illuminati … were physicists, mathematicians,
astronomers. In the 1500s they started meeting in secret because they
were concerned about the Church’s inaccurate teachings, and they were
dedicated to scientific truth. And the Vatican didn’t like that. So the
Church began to … hunt them down and kill them.”
In another clip Langdon
puts it even more succinctly:
“The Illuminati were a secret society
dedicated to scientific truth. The Catholic Church ordered a brutal
massacre to silence them forever.”...
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Lies and Dan Brown: Fact-checking Angels & Demons
by Steven D. Greydanus
Although his defenders sometimes demur that
Angels & Demons, as well as The Da Vinci Code, is “just
fiction,” Brown has never wavered in insisting on the solid
factual basis for his stories -- and many of his more credulous fans
have no idea just how much he routinely gets wrong.
In a Q&A billed as an “interview” on his own website, Brown writes
(in a comment recently highlighted by Carl Olson in This Rock),
“My goal is always to make the character's [sic] and plot be so
engaging that readers don't realize how much they are learning along the
way.” Or how much misinformation they're absorbing…
In fact, the whole premise -- much like Brown's moment of
subterranean “inspiration” and possibly the tour, the "scholar" and the
history lesson he describes -- is almost completely lacking in reality.
The Illuminati, persecuted by the Catholic Church
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The bottom line, for those who care about such
things, is this. Once you’ve established that your story is set in a
world in which Jesus Christ is explicitly not God, and the Catholic
religion is a known fraud perpetuated by murder and cover-ups, it sort
of sucks the wind out of whatever story it was you were going to tell us
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Steven D. Greydanus
Angel and Demons
Book by Mark Shea
33 Questions about the Facts and Fiction of
Angels and Demons
#3. Isn’t the book just fiction? What’s the
harm in people reading this as a thrilling novel?
Like The Da Vinci
Code, Angels and Demons exploits people’s lack of knowledge about the
Catholic faith and its “facts” mislead them in many harmful ways.
First, it tells flat-out lies, giving ammunition
What harm is there in seeing the movie of
Angels and Demons? It’s just a movie.
You mean besides
(a) sending the message to Hollywood: “Anti-Catholic bigotry pays
handsomely! Please make more bigoted agitprop that propagates lies about
Catholics!”; (b) being sucker enough to pay for the privilege of the
insult with our own money; while (c) deliberately suspending reason and
allowing the visual impact of all these silly lies to seep into your
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