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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 Catholic Church.

AOL boldly 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 Olivetti:

“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.”...

READ MORE  by Steven D. Greydanus

Lies, Damned 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

 READ Another article by Steven D. Greydanus

Movie Review

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 next...

READ MORE by Steven D. Greydanus

Angel and Demons  Free 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 brain? ...

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Why are many atheists so opposed to the Catholic Church, and how do we respond ?

None So Blind: How Secularists Ignore the Value of Religion
by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

It's the same argument we've heard so many times before, except now with increasing frequency and intensity: The world's troubles are caused by religion. ...

[T]he Western press -- particularly in the wake of the July bombings in London -- to criticize not simply "Islamic fundamentalism" but also religion in general as sources of discord and violence. Thus in the pages of Scotland's Sunday Herald Muriel Gray declared that "the cause of all this misery, mayhem, violence, terror and ignorance is of course religion itself," which she went on to dismiss as "Dark Ages nonsense." ...

"Given the inertia of the Catholic Church," he observed, "perhaps we could encourage reform by changing the environment in which all religions operate…. Couldn't we insist that human rights, employment and consumer legislation apply to them as it does other organizations? Then it would be illegal to require a particular marital status as a condition of employment or to exclude women from the priesthood."...

In ancient Rome, Seneca noted blandly that deformed children were routinely killed, a practice codified in Roman law as early as the fifth century B.C. It was Catholic belief and practice that at last put an end to infanticide...

And if secularists are going to cite religious warfare and intolerance against us, we might reply by noting the unprecedented destructiveness of the wars and revolutions of the 20th century, undertaken by and large by self-professed atheistic or religiously indifferent regimes, and by adding that the single year of the Reign of Terror, which was carried out by anticlerical deists and atheists, claimed far more lives than did the entire history of the Inquisition. …

One of the most fatal and demoralizing superstitions of this country is this attempted separation of morality from doctrinal teaching. Doctrines are as the granite foundation to the whole edifice of Christian ethics, and with them that edifice must stand or crumble into ruins. What underlies the value of holy childhood but the doctrine that the child has an immortal soul? ...

READ MORE by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

Science and the Catholic Church

Angels and Demons makes outlandish claims that the Catholic Church is opposed to science, and that she hunted down and murdered those who advanced science for science sake.  However, the contrary is true.  Read the following which exposes this myth.


Science and Western Civilization’s
Debt to Catholic Church



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