Before there was The Da Vinci Code, the was Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons. Here, too, the novelist took on the “facts” of Western history – this time “exposing” the secret history of the Vatican, the Illuminati, the suppression of Galileo’s most secret manuscripts, and much more. And it, too, left readers wondering what to make of it all.
So, with Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons once again atop the bestseller lists, the “Secrets” team set out once to write a definitive guide: Inside Angels & Demons. This time to present the collective wisdom of more than 40 world class experts who to the heart of the new interest in the increasingly complex nexus of religion, politics, science, life, death, morality and ethics in our culture.
“Our contributors have provided thought-provocations that allow Dan Brown readers the keys to understanding the mysteries behind the novel,” says Dan Burstein, co-editor of INSIDE ANGELS & DEMONS. “Our experts offer insights into the question most often asked by readers of the novel: ‘what is fact, and what is fiction?’”
Dan Brown’s thriller Angels & Demons is a fictional murder mystery set against the backdrop of the death of a fictional pope, and the secretive conclave process that has been used for centuries to select a new pope. It also takes on the age-old question of whether religion and science can inform each other or must stay forever as two competing realms. Published three years before The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, is a kind of “prequel” to The Da Vinci Code and includes many of the same themes, issues, symbols, and mysteries from the history of Christianity.
Vatican authorities have denounced The Da Vinci Code, with one prominent official, Cardinal Bertone of Genoa, even going so far as to call for banning it.
“If you read the commentaries of the experts we interviewed for Inside Angels & Demons, you quickly realize that Cardinal Bertone’s sudden call for banning The Da Vinci Code—two years and 25 million copies after it was published—is more likely to have been a product of the subtle art of Vatican politics, practiced on the eve of a conclave and designed to influence it.” observed Dan Burstein. “Although it is easy to quibble with many of Dan Brown’s “facts,” the reality is that he wove into this novel many real-life debates and issues within the Catholic Church. From the Terry Schiavo case to stem cell research, to debates over how to view Darwin and the theory of evolution, almost every contemporary aspect of today’s headlines about the increasingly heated clash of religion, science, and politics is reflected in the public discussion—and in the conversations we have presented in our Inside Angels & Demons.”
Including Secrets of the Code, there are now over a million “Secrets” books in print worldwide. More than 75 world class experts with widely varying viewpoints—historians, theologians, art experts, scientists, philosophers, linguists, occultists, medievalists, Bible text experts, and other specialists—have contributed articles, interviews, and book chapters to the Secrets Series.