One of the strangest parts of the whole Da Vinci Code phenomenon is that this is the only book I can think of that I know a lot about without ever having read it – a lapse that will never be remedied. It is quite fun though to hear it critiqued so thoroughly and to hear just how laughable the errors in it are. Though the unfunniest part of the whole thing is how so many people have bought into its premise in the first place. Add one part bad history, another part bad art history, get a whole bunch of facts wrong and mix that in with a silly plot with pedestrian writing and you get a mega-bestseller.
Of course with the movie coming out in May the efforts to counteract this direct attack on Jesus and his Church are in full swing. I just wish somebody else had made the movie to give it its proper justice. Ron Howard is a capable enough director and Tom Hanks is usually very good. Though with all of the circular arguments in the movie having an actress with the last name of Tautou as in tautology is pretty ironic. Why couldn’t they have gotten Kirk Cameron and the people who made the horrible Left Behind movies instead? Now that would have been justice.
Catholic Exchange developed Da Vinci Outreach to provide resources to help parishes answer the oncoming attacks and to help inform people to the truth. There is more information here on these resources from Jeffrey Schwehm on what to do to prepare Catholics.
Even the bishop’s conference got into the act with their Jesus Decoded site.
Recently Carl Olson and Sandra Miesel were on Catholic Answers in an interesting program covering the book Click to listen to MP3 (right-click to download) They also now have a The Da Vinci Hoax Blog which is operating in a target rich environment.
As Catholics we have become familiar with apologetics to counteract this misinformation. Too many will want to believe what it contains and it will only get worse with the paperback soon coming out, then the movie and lastly the DVD. We can take the Opus Dei approach of making lemons out of lemonade, unfortunately I think we are going to be neck deep in lemons pretty soon.
Though as a programmer I think the code in the Da Vinci Code is spaghetti code. This is a term of art to describe really bad written code that looks like a bowl of spaghetti, i.e. twisted and tangled.