Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince comes out tonight and I am STOKED! I’m wearing my Hogwarts t-shirt today, and reviewing the saga up to now in my head. Tomorrow night we’re going to Borders first thing after Shabbat ends to pick up our copy of Half-Blood Prince and off to Potter-land we go!!!
I’m reading now The Da Vinci Code (and strangely enough, so is my mother-in-law) and liking it a lot. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s 100%, but as fluff goes, it’s not that horrible.
I find incredibly funny that so many Christians have had their feathers ruffled by this work of fiction. Of course, as much a work of fiction as it may be, there are some truths in there, and that’s what has people scrambling.
I’m not naive enough to take everything presented in the book as fact: I can do my own research, thank you very much. However, I am not naive enough to think that for the last 2000 years everyone in the church has been 100% honest and telling the whole truth. Ridiculous! If you truly believe that you are either possessed of an unearthly faith (and thus should be removed from this plane of reality) or incredibly stupid.
Thing is, none of the so-called great secrets revealed in the book are new to me. I have either read them before in a variety of sources, or have come up with similar ones myself. And for the record, yes, I do believe (and have believed for more than 2 years now, before the novel was published) that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene. In fact, I go so far as to say that the “Beloved Disciple” of the gospel of John is indeed Mary Magdalene. You figure it out.
Is the book biased? Of course, it is a work of fiction by a man who holds a particular set of beliefs. Is everything in the book accurate? Nope, you go look it up and find out for yourself; don’t get your history from a novel (or a movie, for that matter, even if it claims to be the authoritative vision of the passion of Jesus). Are some of these theories real? Absolutely, many are documented going back centuries. Do they tell the truth? Who the hell knows. Only God knows the truth of the matter–the Truth, if you will; we humans must make due with history, what we know, and what we unearth in our constant search for an understanding of our world. But do me a favor, don’t let anyone tell you what is true or not, in this book or anywhere else. Go find out for yourself.
And remember, that just as the author had a bias, so does every single book being published right now claiming to crack, explain or debunk the Da Vinci Code: notice the majority are being published by Christian writers who cannot stand even the suggestion of such an idea as Jesus’ humanity and all that entails.
For now I’ll keep reading. I look forward to seeing how much of it is old news to me, and feel really good about it.
Clamouring for people to think for themselves!
This is what I have read so far this year (follow the link to my little review):
- Gehenna: The Final Night – Ari Marmell
- Girl With a Pearl Earring – Tracy Chevalier
- Tipping The Velvet – Sarah Waters
- Maimonides’ Principles – Aryeh Kaplan
- The Passion – Jeanette Winterson
- Mysterious Creatures – Nosson Slifkin
I’ve been reading a lot lately, and I intend to keep it up. If I can stay at the rate of 3 books per month, that’ll be awesome. I may be able to do more, who knows, but at the very least I am officially shooting for 30 books this year.
Oh, and wish me good luck. I already put in my application for grad school. Hoping to get into the Masters of Literature program at FIU. I’m shooting for that PhD, though; I wanna have Dr. in front of my name and annoy everyone who ever doubted I’d amount to little more than a pimply-faced, comic-book-reading, D&D-playing nerdoid. Granted, there aren’t many of those (I do have an amiable personality), but still. Bah, who cares about those people. We all know I wanna have a PhD cause I want that cool octagonal velvet cap and velvet gown you only get as a PhD graduate. Fashion, that’s why I want my degree.
And about the book I am currently reading, Neither Here Nor There: Travels In Europe by Bill Bryson, I am liking it a lot. I like travel memoirs. I like making my own better (something I intend to start working on soon), but it is a good second option, and beats whatever it is I am doing here at work.
Wishing I was in Dublin, or Venice, or London, or Paris… heck, even Rome will do (though not Naples… icky Naples)