From one Cory T:
To start I must state that, if someone were to describe me as a reader it would be a gross understatement, somewhat akin to ‘Tolkien wrote a nice book’. More apt would be: I am a connoisseur of fine literature, and take great pride in my collection, and choice of authors. To say that I am extremely selective in my choices would be another mistake. So when I say that the only reason I have heard of you was your name popped up in my research of Mr. Dan Brown’s book, should say something! Needless to say I was less than pleased with your recount of his book. I have been looking into you and can only laugh, ahh… naiveté, but I didn’t expect much after reading your credentials. The public school system is about as accurate as that bible you’re thumping. One only has to turn your own “proof” back upon yourself to put you in a corner. The Dead Sea Scrolls are real, despite the churches’ claim that they are not.
More, after the jump, if you dare.
And nothing in this world has claimed more lives than the justification of ‘Our religion is the right one you’re going to hell join us or die!” more people have died at the hands of someone claiming to do the work of ‘God’ the church, or to be His representative than all the viruses, crimes, nuclear bombs, chemical weapons, or anything else I can think of.If I may paraphrase a quote in the forward of The Hobbit “We are brought up to praise all the wrong heroes, thieves carrying crosses’, murderers planting flags, let us at last praise the colonizer of dreams.” This is not the exact quote as I don’t have it here in front of me but it is accurate as far as I can remember. It also says a lot. Why do we have a Columbus Day? He did not find America. He was a huge slaver and rapist, and gold digging thief. Why not celebrate Norse day or Alaskan migratory tribe day? They are not popularly linked with the discovery of America. In school kids are still taught that Columbus found America when in fact he was lost in the Caribbean.
Let us return to the bible, if we are to believe it then you should be dead for cutting your hair. Or eating a ham sandwich, does that mean everyone who eats a ham for thanksgiving or Christmas is going to hell? If that is the mindset of our God then I wonder why the devil didn’t get along with Him. Ever read Memnoch the Devil by Ann Rice? I haven’t seen your book Defaming the devil, why Ann rice is going to Hell. Yet you choose to pick apart Dan Brown stating “The Da Vinci Code phenomenon continues to amaze. Its central allegations percolated for years in the pages of quack-history books, attracting little attention. Along came author Dan Brown, who slapped the label "fiction" on them and — presto! — millions of readers started asking, "Wow, is this true?" The short answer is, of course not.” Ann paints the devil in a very questioning light, yet I don’t see you rushing to call her a ‘Quack’.The truth is: it is just a book, and a fictitious one at that. But that doesn’t mean that there is no truth in the underpinnings of the story. And just stating that “The Bible says so” doesn’t mean that it’s true. The bible is a 2000 year old product of man. NOT GOD. ‘God did not fax the bible to earth’, it is written by man and thus prone to errors just like man. P.S. the current English King James Version of the bible is also the scientifically proven most inaccurate. And as I didn’t see Aramaic on your list of qualifications’, I’m guessing you’re probably just as inaccurate, especially judging by your firm belief in it.Before I leave you with this, I will say one thing. Before you write me off as some wacko non believer, know this: I have a deep love for God, and know for a fact that he does exist, just read the Genesis Prayer, BUT I am firmly against Religion, especially organized religion. As I said before, it has caused more death, strife, pain, and suffering, than the (evil concept of the) devil could ever hope for. So in closing I’m sorry for the length, of my letter but please, indulge me and read it through. Dan Brown is not a bad guy he just wanted to tell a story that he believes has more that a few ties to real life. Just as I’m sure you believe that the bible is entirely concrete, and unquestionable.