Sunday, May 21, 2006

Bad Writing For Biblical Illiterates
Mr. Da Vinci Code, meet Mr. Gospel of Judas. Mr. Gospel of Judas, meet Mr. Da Vinci Code

hat tip to EQB

Is it any wonder that we have sooooo many people that swallow The Da Vinci Code and The Gospel of Judas lock, stock and barrel? Why not? We live in a world of I don't need religion as long as I have spirituality spewing lazy-asses. As my parish priest said today, "those 'spirituality' people don't want religion because religion actually demands that they DO something other than feel good about themselves!"

Anyhoo, here's an excellent article that (hilariously) dissects the DVC and the GOJ... and the occasional swipe at those theological slackers who strive for McSalvation in their McChurches and McWorship themselves.

Here's a little teaser of what Mark Steyn hath wrought;

At the start of the book, Dan Brown pledges, "All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents and secret rituals in this novel are accurate." It's everything else that's hokum, beginning with the title, whose false tinkle testifies to Brown's penchant for weirdly inauthentic historicity. Referring to "Leonardo da Vinci" as "da Vinci" is like listing Lawrence of Arabia in the phone book as "Of Arabia, Mr. L," or those computer-generated letters that write to the Duke of Wellington as "Dear Mr. Duke, you may already have won!"

The latest Bizarro Christ bestseller is the so-called Gospel of Judas, lost for 1,600 years but apparently rediscovered 20 minutes ago, edited by various scholars and now published by the National Geographic Society in Washington. Evidently, National Geographic has fallen on hard times since the days when anthropological studies of remote tribes were a young man's only readily available source of pictures of naked women.


I tell ya, I really do like the writing style of Mark Steyn!

1 Comments:

Blogger Theocoid said...

What's funny is that they keep holding up The Gospel of Judas as if it were a new discovery. I just finished a book which discusses GoJ in light of St. Ireneus's condemnation of it. The book was published in the early 60s.

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