I wasn't trying to imply that topic was new but if IIRC this is how it goes... Eco's Rose
was partly inspired by Holy Blood
basically deals with the same topic only in a much more intellectual manner (no can debate Eco's ability to add verbosity to simple acts like flipping a light switch). The character Teabing's name is actually a crude anagram for Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh who wrote Holy Blood
. Sorry if this whole thing has already been covered elsewhere. Brown draws more from these books in ideas and topics, that's why I say rape.
Originally Posted by Tokyo Slim
Going to see it?
Anyone want to discuss why Jesus's 'divinity' being tarnished by a work of fiction is such a huge deal? Would it seriously ruin your day if he married a normal human woman, and maybe had a child? I'm interested to know.
JC's divinity lies on three things as far as I know. 1) Born of a virgin (borrowed from African folklore but that's neither here nor there). 2) Son of God/ God in the flesh/ Part of the Holy Trinity (however you choose to see it). 3) Died for the sins of humanity (only to come back later and say, "I told you so"). All three rely on each other.
Now if you bring into question whether JC truly died for our sins it throws everything for a loop. How divine was he if he hid out and then had children? That is something purely human. Now while I would see this as a chance to openly discuss my Christianity or topics and misconceptions of religion or faith, there are those that only see it as an attack on their system of beliefs and get on the defensive (like those wacky Albino groups). Is it reasonable? No. But it does make for good T.V.