Q: What does all this have to do with Jesus? Or, for that matter, Leonardo Da Vinci?He moves on to tackle the Gnostics...
A: The premise of the book is that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, and that the two had children, who passed along Jesus' bloodline through generations of French people. Leonardo was the member of a secret brotherhood of painters who protected this secret by painting pictures of men that look like ladies.
Q: Isn't this more or less a straight rip from the book "Holy
Blood, Holy Grail"?
A: No! Ha ha! How silly of you even to mention that very obscure work! Next question.
Q: Is "The Da Vinci Code" fiction?
A: No. It's what I call "faction": Historically true facts interspersed
with car chases. In the very first page of his masterpiece, Brown writes, "All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate."
Q: Well, if it's in a book, it must be true.
Q: In fact, didn't the Gnostics believe the opposite of what Brown imputes to them - that Christ was never even partially human? Didn't the Gnostics, in fact, regard all created matter as evil, which extended to complete disapproval of sexual reproduction?He then deals with the book's literary merits...
A: The point is, the Pope hates women.
Q: Can you cite an unintentionally hilarious passage from the book?
A: "His captivating presence is punctuated by an unusually low, baritone speaking voice, which his female students describe as 'chocolate for the ears.'"
And then there's this...
Q: Is there anything Harvard professor of religious symbology Robert Langdon isn't good at?
A: "My French stinks, Langdon thought, but
my zodiac iconography is pretty good."
Make sure to read the whole thing...