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If God Meant to InterfereAmerican Literature and the Rise of the Christian Right$
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Christopher Douglas

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702112

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702112.001.0001

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The Postmodern Gospel According to Dan

The Postmodern Gospel According to Dan

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(p.245) Chapter 8 The Postmodern Gospel According to Dan
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If God Meant to Interfere
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Christopher Douglas

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501702112.003.0009

This chapter explains that beneath the anti-Catholic veneer of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code lies a deeper attack on Protestantism. The Da Vinci Code is a bad novel, but its outsized influence on contemporary religious beliefs—perhaps finding particular receptivity among the growing number of Americans citing “none” as their religious identification and its cultural significance as a wildly popular antiresurrection narrative in the post-9/11 years of the new millennium—suggest that the book merits critical attention. Brown's novel can best be thought of as a postmodern attack on the Bible, the sacred, inerrant status of which is considerably more important to Protestant theology than to Catholic teaching.

Keywords:   The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown, religious identification, Catholic teaching, religious beliefs, Protestantism

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