The DeVinci Code is a bit of a storm in a teacup and yet says something about our time. Basically its your Dad’s Robert Ludlum (rather than Tom Clancy – not enough tech or family values) book with a theological bombshell rather than a nuclear one and still gets the girl at the end. It has become the world’s best selling hardback novel. Dan Brown, doesn’t write well, but does know how to pull the casual reader in and keep his yarn running along.
Much has been said elsewhere about the way that it draws on the Gnostic gospels, so I wont go into that here – I am not qualified to comment with any kind of authority on the accuracy or theological merit of the book.
What I found most interesting is the sub text which mirrors the war on terror, the white middle class end-boomer hero battles unknown religious forces ‘determined’ to keep its own believers enslaved in a deluded faith. I was struck how much of George Bush like view this is of Islam and the current war on terror. This might explain some of the books popularityJust in the same way that 1950s sci-fi films were a mirror held up to the audience of their own Cold War induced paranoia.
I am sure that Gnostic-based self help books will pepper the holiday reading charts this summer.