Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons

Westminster Theological Seminary has put up a website on the subject of Dan Brown’s book “Angels and Demons,” This website addresses some of the claims made in the book. It may be a novel, but Dan Brown has been explicit that he is using the novel format to help the medicine he is providing (would that be hemlock?) go down smoother.)

The following is from the “about” page.

Westminster Theological Seminary’s web site, TheTruthAboutAngelsAndDemons.com joins Westminster’s already well recognized web site TheTruthAboutDaVinci.com.  Both seek to present a balanced assessment of Dan Brown’s narratives, the historical data, and the philosophy set forth in his best-selling novels and movies. These are not “boycott” sites, which tell people to avoid the movies or books, or “rebuttal” sites whose only purpose is to oppose fact with fact. Our aim is to follow the injunction of the apostle Peter, who instructed the church to be prepared to “make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you… yet with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15-16).

While appreciating Brown’s engaging narratives, and recognizing any author’s right to present a good yarn, we are concerned because the mix of fact and fiction in his books and films are leading many readers to question the Bible’s message and its impact on history. Using the best resources we can find, both human and written, we want to set the record straight and commend the historic Christian faith to the sincere inquirer.

Reading the Bible, the Whole Bible!

On the topic of New Year’s resolutions, perhaps reading through the Bible is another resolution you might want to make.  Perhaps you have made it before, but then failed (as it seems is the outcome of many New Year’s resolutions).

One suggestion is to keep in mind the saying, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it.” Here are some options to aim at.

Essential Ingredients to the Good Life?

This came from TimeOnline UK: "Do five simple things a day to stay sane, say scientists."

Developing relationships with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours will enrich your life and bring you support

Be active
Sports, hobbies such as gardening or dancing, or just a daily stroll will make you feel good and maintain mobility and fitness

Be curious
Noting the beauty of everyday moments as well as the unusual and reflecting on them helps you to appreciate what matters to you

Fixing a bike, learning an instrument, cooking – the challenge and satisfaction brings fun and confidence

Helping friends and strangers links your happiness to a wider community and is very rewarding

[A curious omission under "connect."  Perhaps some connections are more essential than others.]