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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Hope you lose, Mr. Brown

The Da Vinci Code movie may now be delayed. Turns out, its author, Dan Brown, may well have plagiarised the central thesis of the book from two other writers.

Catholic Answers nicely skewers what's wrong with the book and why Catholics especially should get themselves educated.

I find that there is an inverse ratio here: the less you know about the historical foundations of the Church the more entrancing you'll find the book. Whereas Catholics with even a half-baked idea of how the New Testament was written and gathered find The Da Vinci Code a plodding, sloppy, dumb ass attempt at entertainment.

One more thing -- Opus Dei has no monks, Dan, as a simple phone call would verify.


Blogger Theocoid said...

I don't think there's any doubt that he "borrowed" their thesis. That much is clear, and he did give them credit for his historical (hysterical?) research. The question is, since they published it as nonfiction, and he used that material as source for a fictional work, will the plagiarism charge stick?

We can pray it will.

5:43 PM

Blogger Patrick said...

Do a google of Carl Olsen and the Code. he's got a very good list of comparative quotes from DVC vs HBHG. His book clearly steals directly, and repeatedly, with only minor word changes.

9:16 AM


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