Blast from the Past: Angels and Demons

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
7/20-25/2006 — 710 pages — fiction/action-adventure
Bought from: Waldenbooks June ’06
NYT Bestseller List about 3 years and counting

What another great novel from Dan Brown. Having read Da Vinci Code  first, I definitely like how it doesn’t matter what order they’re read in. Both books are very mind prodding and I like how it challenges doctrine. This one was a bit harder to grasp because I really don’t even think science and religion will be parallel. I agree with what the camerlengo said about not proving there’s a God…some things we just shouldn’t understand. He wouldn’t seem so omnipotent and powerful if He was scientifically proven. (“God’s work is not done in a lab. It is done in the heart.” (p667) — “The day science substantiates God in a lab is the day people stop needing faith!” (p668))

“Man cannot put God’s creation in a test tube and wave it around for the world to see! This does not glorify God, it demeans God!” (p658)
^^^I agree. If you, as a human, have powers equal to Him, there are no miracles and He seems nothing more than a human man.

*In Chapter 89, (beginning on p451) Camerlengo and Chartrand discuss religion. They discuss how God is omnipotent-benevolent, all-powerful and well-meaning. Yet despite God’s both these things, how can He let man starve, wage war, get sick? I like this whole conversation. It really makes sense:
—–Camerlengo: “So, although you have the power to interfere and prevent your child’s pain, you would choose to show your love by letting him learn his own lessons?”
—–Chartrand: “Of course. Pain is part of growing up. It’s how we learn.”
This is how God can let us be hurt, etc.

*In conclusion, Angels and Demons actually made me more in touch with my views on Christianity. I know Camerlengo wasn’t a real priest, but Brown explained some stuff in terms I could understand.

★★★★★

PS- Can’t wait for Robert Langdon’s 3rd adventure in The Solomon Key {aka, The Lost Symbol}: due to be published in 2007.

PPS- Robert Langdon and Indiana Jones should have tea together sometime to discuss their characters’ likenesses (of which their are many.)

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Blast from the Past is a weekly post I write that focuses on a book I read long before I ever had a blog about books. While I didn’t “book blog” until a couple of years ago, I’ve kept a reading journal of sorts for about 6 years. Blast from the Past is essentially just my way of digitalizing my old book journals–and reminding me what I thought of books long since read. I think it will be a fun way to look at how my reading selections have changed and what I like most in the books I read.

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