The Da Vinci Mess - Part I: Sanatizing Satanism

Thomas J. Euteneuer
March 10, 2006
Reproduced with Permission

Would it surprise you to know that The DaVinci Code contains a glorified description of a satanic orgy?

What Dan Brown calls hieros gamos, an ancient pagan "sacred marriage" ceremony, is nothing other than a perverse mockery of holy matrimony depicted in living color in the pages of Brown's book. If this act was "sacred" it was only so to the devil.

It is important to understand Brown's main reference to this act. The ceremony he describes was featured graphically in the despicable 1999 Stanley Kubrick movie called Eyes Wide Shut. The star, Tom Cruise, was a clandestine witness to a secret satanic ceremony of brutal sexual acts in which the participants dressed up in costumes and masks to perform their perversities. Nicole Kidman, the co-star, summarized the movie's whole hideous theme when she pronounced the final word of the movie: "F---." I kid you not. That was how the movie ended.

Brown says that "there were many inaccuracies" in the Kubrick movie but that it was essentially a correct enactment of this "sacred marriage" ritual described in the book. How does Dan Brown know that the movie depiction of this secret ritual was "inaccurate"? I can only conclude that he must have detailed inside knowledge of the ritual himself because Satanists do not generally disclose their trade secrets. Brown's use of media to glamorize the lord of evil and ritual satanic worship is not to be taken lightly by people of faith.

The book's main female character inadvertently walks in on one of these ceremonies performed (appropriately) in the basement of a country mansion by her Satanist grandfather. She was so shocked at what she saw that she cuts off all communication with him for ten years. This was Brown's way of saying that the horrible Catholic Church wielded an undue influence on the impressionable girl's way of thinking about evil. The book then "re-educates" her simplistic understanding of satanic sex and she ends up repenting of her rash judgment towards these poor misunderstood devil worshippers. Presenting this atrocious act as holy reminds me of the words of the prophet Isaiah, "Woe to those who call good evil, and evil good, who change darkness into light, and light into darkness" (Is 5:20). Brown is a master of this demonic twisting.

At our baptism we pledged to "reject Satan, and all his works and all his empty promises." Who needs to be convinced that the devil uses the entertainment industry to communicate all of his empty promises? The book by Dan Brown sanitizes one very frightening but real work of Satan, and the movie will undoubtedly follow suit. Dan Brown's fertile imagination about "sacred marriage" will sadly undermine many people's belief in the Church and in the sanctity of marriage unless we correct the record.

Should any Christian see this movie? It should be rejected with the devil himself.