Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Overall this story compels the reader to think of Jesus' message "The Kingdom of God is in you and all around you."(Gospel of Thomas) God can be found within us all through the expansion of minds and knowledge. This message is not just a Christian one, but one of all religions, portrayed in numerous ancient texts. I am intrigued with Brown's intricate way of connecting so many ideas. He not only makes connections of ancient texts and religions, but also connects those ideas to newer revelations about the power of the mind and the proof of God. In this book, Brown gives light to Enlightenment, if that is possible. The greatest revelation of all is his illumination of the Noetic Sciences, a sector which bridges the ever widening gap of religion and science. As always, his book has left me pondering and grasping out to read texts affirming and/or tearing down these great hypotheses.
There are two areas of the book where Brown has disappointed. One aspect that is greatly disappointing as a historian, is Brown's many references to dispelling of the theory of a flat earth through the explorations to the New World. There is no evidence to support such a claim, though as children we are taught this fallacy in school from a very early age. I am disappointed because it is one area that Brown does not challenge the norms in the way the world views history.
The Lost Symbol was a very enjoyable novel which both challenges and expands the mind as all the previous novels have done. Still, I am left a bit disappointed with a lack of connection to his other works, and left wondering what is his real message? Perhaps, I am reading into this too much. However, I do not believe that anyone would write novels that stir so many questions for entertainment purposes only.
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