Last spring the main talk was about “The Da Vinci Code,” both the book and the movie. I’ll admit I didn’t think too much of it myself, for the following reasons:
1. I was getting ready for my move to Kentucky.
2. The story’s a work of fiction, for crying out loud! Anyone who thinks it is more than that has a loose grip on reality. You might as well believe the movie “Independence Day” is a true story; the Rev. Louis Farrakhan does.
3. I probably come from the only church in Florida that wasn’t interested in the controversy. At the time, my pastor was instead speculating on whether Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the Antichrist.
4. I discovered The Parthenon Code around then, and found that theory more intriguing.
In a nutshell, the Parthenon Code looks at the meaning behind the relief sculptures the Greeks carved on the Parthenon, beneath the roof. They are scenes from Greek myths, but why did they pick those myths? The author, Robert Bowie Johnson, thinks those are the same stories told in Genesis 1-11. In fact, those myths are a twisted version of Genesis, because the stories are told from Cain’s point of view.
Anyway, I bought the book last fall, and while I disagree with Mr. Johnson on some minor points (e.g., he equates Eve with Hera in one myth, and Eve with Athena in another), I believe his basic premise is correct. Not long after that, he produced an additional CD, to go with the one I got with the book. Last Saturday I decided to order the CD, but I did not receive a confirmation e-mail, so yesterday I called to see if my credit card went through. It turned out it did, but he sends the e-mails manually, and never got around to responding to mine. When I called I must have gotten their house, because his wife answered, and quickly passed the phone; Mr. Johnson and I then had a pleasant conversation. Since I already have two links to his website from The Xenophile Historian, he asked for the URL of my site so he can return the favor.
You never know who you’re going to meet in cyberspace!