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Originally posted by junglejake
...Sounds like you have a problem with religion ...
Originally posted by AlexofSkye
Essentially, the orthodox "authorities" are continuing their losing battle against discovery, exploration and independent thought. The threat posed by the Da Vinci Code isn't that it is factual, but that it makes people think.
Think what you want about the validity of these books, the point is that they do tear the mask of the orthodox religions and authorized histories that are used to reinforce the "accepted" and approved way of thinking.
Why, if people are allowed to think for themselves, why should they obey the Pope (and his peers)?
Leonardo Da Vinci was never party to anything vaguely occult. His paintings held absolutely no hidden messages. Actually he more than likely never existed and is a myth constructed by conspiracy theorists.
Also, there never was a time when the Goddesses held sway...Astarte, Isis and all those marvellous theologies Dan Brown discusses in his book are all just fiction. Plain story telling with no historical background.
Dan Brown wishes the public to take his work of fiction as fact, and is doing everything he can to make it so. This is why there is such a concerted effort to disprove him. I haven't seen you saying anything about the huge following who are trying to prove his book to be true, though. Could this be...bias?
When a novel is being supported as fact, though it came out of Brown's own head,
"Cults" tend to discourage independant thought on the part of it's members - and using fear and discrediting outside opinion is the most commonly used tactic to maintain control of it's members.
Originally posted by Souljah
Originally posted by stalkingwolf
" when possible, the accused should be taken to a large body of water,
a large stone afixed to their neck and then thrown into the water. If they
float they are a witch and their family is killed as well as the accused. If
they sink and drown they are innocent of the charges." they are still dead
but their family is free to go.
i like this interrogation technique.
really effective in any way.
"the witch" has a loose-loose situation.
but most of the time their families are free to go.
gotta love the church history.
[edit on 21-2-2005 by Souljah]
Originally posted by biggob
It is all about control every thing in life is about control they have to say it is not true or they have no control of peps