domingo, setembro 12, 2004

código de agnosticismo

Fidel Castro, numa visita ao Louvre, fez questão de ver o quadro falado no livro de Dan Brown.

Acabei de ler o livro, Código da Vinci. Extraordinário. Dá uma perspectiva diferente que parece ter algumas verdades... para um agnóstico como eu é bastante enriquecedor. Para um crente cristão católico talvez seja uma revelação, depende da perspectiva.

The Da Vinci Code is about Robert Langdon, a symbologist from Harvard University, who goes to Paris for a conference. Late one night, he is contacted by the police because the man he was supposed to meet the next day was found shot dead at the Louvre Museum, surrounded by cryptographic clues.

Langdon teams up with the deceased's granddaughter, who is a cryptologist, to find out what really happened. They discover a trail of clues that leads them on a veritable treasure hunt through Europe, on which Langdon uncovers deadly assassins, secret societies, and a mystery of biblical proportions.

inspired by genius
Just what inspired Brown to write such a story? For starters, it's a follow-up to Angels & Demons, the first Robert Langdon adventure, about how he saves the Vatican from annihilation.
Brown first learned about Leonardo da Vinci when he was studying art history at the University of Seville in Spain. Then, while doing research for Angels & Demons, he encountered the Da Vinci enigma once again.

To learn more about the genius that was Da Vinci, he flew to Paris to tour the private archives of the Louvre Museum, and discuss his paintings with its world-renowned art historians. This is where the author conceived his idea for a thriller based on Da Vinci's genius.

fact or fiction?
While The Da Vinci Code is a work of fiction, created to capture the reader's imagination; all the organizations, locations, documents, and paintings do, in fact, exist and are a matter of historical record.

If these shocking facts are indeed true, then why aren't they taught in history classes? Why aren't they widely known? The answer is simple: history is always written by the victors. It is the triumphant ones who impose their belief systems on the defeated.
Brown argues that since Christianity came to rule Western civilization over 1,500 years ago, the Church was able to rewrite historical facts in order to favor itself and make its past actions seem righteous. Brown, along with many other historians, believes that history must be studied, while keeping in mind that what we regard as true may not necessarily be so. He even goes so far as to question whether or not our version of history even occurred in the first place.
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