I’ll have to admit that the fiction is wonderful. You can tell that a lot of research went in to this book and he does write well. Yet, his theology begins to emerge in the climatic points towards the end, and hints of twisted truths appear in various places throughout the book. It ruined the book for us when one of the main characters in the final moments of the book goes into a dialogue of how Christianity has been replaced with Science, and the Catholic Church is flailing to compete. I may not be a Catholic, but I know a lot about Science through these books. Angels & Demons is a story about a man named Robert Langdon. He is a man who loves “art, symbology, codes, secret societies” and isn’t sure of his faith if you could say he has any at all. The Illuminati, a secret Masonic society from long ago who’s members were prominent and rich, appear to have resurfaced to destroy the Catholic Church (their main goal), and are wanting media credit for evil acts of murder and mayhem to scare the world. The Pope has died and his servant is in charge until a new pope is sworn in. There have been four cardinals (who were hand-picked to be successors to the church’s throne) that have been kidnapped by the Illuminati. It is Langdon’s job to decipher the codes left by the Illuminati and find the cardinals before they are killed. Many of the cardinals die horrific deathsall seconds before Robert and his Scientific helper, Vittoria are able to intervene. While Robert is off trying to save the cardinals, a canister of anti-matter which could blow up the entire city of Rome has gone missing from a top Science laboratory (CERN) and a camera inside the Vatican displays it’s count-down towards destruction for the world to see on television. Despite this media coverage, they are unable to locate the exact whereabouts of the canister because the Vatican is so huge. Not only is the Catholic Church running out of candidates for Pope, it is running out of time. The “end” of Catholicism is near! So to sum up my review of Dan Brown’s book, I would have to say that it would be a positive review of a well-written book, that had negative theology. I certainly don’t want you to think he’s a bad writer. I enjoyed the fiction, and it was a nice plot.
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