Thankless Task

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Angels and Demons, the latest round of the ceaseless efforts of Dan Brown, Ron Howard and Tom Hanks to make mountains of money off the potent combination of anti-Catholicism, declining educational standards, paranoia and bad taste, opens in theaters on May 15.  Fact checking Dan Brown is rather like examining the career of Madonna Louise Ciccone for breaches of taste, but someone has to do it, and in a thorough article here, Steven D. Greydanus has risen to the challenge. 

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5 Responses to Thankless Task

  1. Yawn. No one cares except Bill Donahue.

  2. Donald R. McClarey says:

    Obviously you do also Catholic Anarchist, with your yawning comment.

  3. John Henry says:

    Michael’s comment proves the title of the post accurate. In my experience, these types of fact-checks are regrettably necessary, given the ignorance of most Americans about basic historical facts. When Da Vinci Code came out I remember having to explain some of the more ridiculous features of it to co-workers; articles like the one above were helpful to point people to.

  4. In my experience, these types of fact-checks are regrettably necessary

    Well, obviously. But the people who would be duped by these films are not the kind of people who would really care about the historical inaccuracies.

  5. But the people who would be duped by these films are not the kind of people who would really care about the historical inaccuracies.

    Lack of knowledge does not necessarily correlate to ill will. Given the rather sad state of historical education in this country, there are a lot of people who — if told that a work of fiction has been “intensely researched” — will assume that it is at least in its broad brush strokes accurate, yet are open to hearing “the real story” if presented in an interesting fashion.

    However, I suspect that much of the question centers around whether one considers the great unwashed outside the academy to be worth disabusing of popular falsehoods. There is a using your finger to plug the flooding dike element to the project. Personally, I’d say it’s always worth the try, but as the post title indicates, it draws scorn both from the advocates on the one side and the effetes on the other.

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