Available at Barnes and Noble

Available at Barnes and Noble

 

 This is an interesting book, even if it is inaccurate in some aspects.

Louis Freeh was upset about the book portraying members of Opus Dei as fanatical and somewhat crazy.  Like most organizations, religous or otherwise, there probably are a few people who are members of it who are fanatical and crazy.

The book also points out that these members of Opus Dei who were involved in the action of the story were misled and victims of a criminal mind that preyed upon their religious beliefs.  It was a pretty fair portrayal of people who have weaknesses like anyone else. 

What I don’t know is whether it is true that some members of Opus Dei practice corporeal mortification to the extent explained in the book.  

The book is a pretty good read with suspense and surprise turns from time to time that keep the story flowing and interesting.

The scholar in me was fascinated with the exploration of pagan symbolism in mideval art and architecture.  It appears that there has been for hundreds of years an ongoing effort to stamp out pagan beliefs and symbolism, and more pointedly according to this book, the importance of the feminine.

The book talks significantly about symbols and the most controversial part of all is whether the Savior was married and had children.  It is my understanding that He was married, but that we have not been informed as to whether He had any children.

It is a pretty good read, from an art history stand point and if you are interested in a history of Catholic Church practices to remove pagan symbols and practice.  

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