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Protopresbyter Serafim Gascoigne,

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Lost Symbol

I thought I would read a Dan Brown book to see why his novels sell a million copies on the first day of publication. Herr Brown tells a fascinating story. He is definitely a master of suspense and tension. His theology - if that is what he really believes - is heretical. He may be writing tongue in cheek,  and pandering to a contemporary secular audience.  I wonder, since Brown is the son and grandson of Episcopal priests,  has he ever heard of Eastern Orthodox?  To quote: "Peter, the Bible and the Ancient Mysteries are total opposites. The mysteries are about the god within you...man as god. The Bible is all about the God above you...and man as a powerless sinner."  I think Brown has read too much Calvin.  He also has a character saying: "the only difference between you and God is that you have forgotten you are divine."  These words remind of the Garden in which the fallen angel says: "You shall not surely die...then you eyes shall be opened and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."  (Genesis 3: 4-5).  Well...if Brown had read some of the Fathers he might realize that yes, man is divine and is called to share in the glory (energies) of God. I have to give Brown credit for describing evil as destructive, ending in darkness. But I suspect he has been sadly hookwinked by that angel of light.

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