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Date: 2007-02-23 12:25
Subject: Angels and Demons
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First I'm going to say this is one great book, I've been listing to it on my drive back and forth to Ontario the last two weeks. Second I'm going to post two quotes from the book that I can relate a lot too.

Vittoria Vetra: Religion is like language or dress. We gravitate toward the practices with which we were raised. In the end, though we are all proclaiming the same thing. That life has meaning. That we are grateful for that created us.
Robert Langdon: So you’re saying that whether you are a Christian or a Muslim simply depends on where you were born?
Vittoria Vetra: Isn’t it obvious? Look at the diffusion of religion around the globe.
Robert Langdon: So faith is random?
Vittoria Vetra: Hardly. Faith is universal. Our specific methods for understanding it are arbitrary. Some of us pray to Jesus, some us go to Mecca, some of us study subatomic particles. In the end we are all just searching for truth, that which is greater than ourselves.

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Robert Langdon: Do you believe in God?
Vittoria Vetra: Science tells me God must exist. My mind tells me I will never understand God. And my heart tells me I am not meant to.
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I reject your reality and substitute my own.
User: offy
Date: 2007-02-24 05:15 (UTC)
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It's interesting to me that things that only touch on religion or who parody religion have done a lot more to make me think about religion than things that hit you over the head with it. There are many great quotes in Kevin Smith's Dogma that capture my feelings about Christianity. Christopher Moore's Joshua in Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal is a much more appealing person to me than the one that is presented at times in the Bible even if he does say, "Nah, I'm just fucking with ya." Then there are quotes such as the ones that you posted from DaVinci Code.

To me, if it were to be discovered tomorrow that Brown's version of The Grail is 100% true and Jesus hooked up with Mary Magdeline and their bloodline still exists today, it wouldn't change how I feel about the religion at all. To some, it would completely destory their faith and I don't understand that. It wouldn't change the fact that you should be a good person. It wouldn't change the fact that you should love your neighbor (even if Catholics have it wrong excluding some people based on who they love). It wouldn't change how you should live your life. Too many people focus on just the words themselves instead of focusing on the meaning.
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