Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Book Review: 'Angels & Demons'

If you have read Dan Brown's popular The Da Vinci Code then you know the sort of rollercoaster ride you are in for in his Angels & Demons. At the heart of this thriller is the age-old conflict between science and religion. Robert Langdon, the symbologist who also featured in The Da Vinci Code, is once again called to the scene of a gruesome murder at a Swiss research facility where the victim has a mysterious marking burned into his chest. It appears that the Illuminati - a once-powerful underground organisation - has resurfaced and is intent on destroying the Catholic Church which is in conclave to elect a new Pope. This is a great page-turner. In my opinion, it is better written than The Da Vinci Code. However, the most interesting aspect of the book is the way the plot provides a backdrop to issues of religion vs science and the battle between them. Like The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons should get thinking people talking about the nature of science and religion and how they relate to each other. Does science make religion obsolete? Or are both needed to make sense of the human experience? Angels & Demons is a heart-stopping, intelligent thriller. Product Description
An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction. An unthinkable target. World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization -- the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra. Together they embark on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and the most secretive vault on earth...the long-forgotten Illuminati lair.
Related Link Dan Brown's website for the book Hypertext edition of the book God and Science. Where science and religion overlap Buy Angels & Demons from

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