I loved The DaVinci Code and Angel and Demons By Dan Brown. I still have yet to read his new book Inferno but when I do then I'll write a review on it. The main reason why I loved these books, it's because they approach the oldest debate between two rivals. Fact and logic or Faith and Belief, that is the question. Which one do we follow and put our trust in is a question I'll leave up to you to choose.
Anything that causes a controversy, at least in the United States, is pretty much guaranteed to get attention and probably lead to some profit. When Dan Brown hit it big with his novels about Catholicism and it's dark history. Some who are deep believers would consider such works, blasphemy such as The Vatican whom when The DaVinci Code urged Catholics worldwide not to see the movie. Others would consider the history and facts and just come up with their own assumptions.
Another movie that approaches this rivalry is The Exorcism of Emily Rose, a movie about a poor girl who was supposedly possessed by the devil but others believe that she had a mental defect. Emily Rose was having delusions and acting unusual while doing sadistic things to her body and speaking in dead languages that she couldn't have known about at her age. It's based on actual events that lead to the poor girl's inevitably death and question, was she really sick or infected by the devil. It's like a coin and there's a 50/50 chance of whose right.
This isn't like most rivalries where there is a good guy and a bad guy, these are both ideologies that are meant to guide people to do what is right. Some would say what is the definition of what should be right and who gives that being the right to tell us and the other side would say he is divine and higher being so he must no better than us. Again, two sides of the coin and both have evidence that backs up their claim on how human beings should behave. It's a rivalry that will go on, probably till the end of time.
Human beings have come up with many origin stories of how we arrived here, what our purpose is, and where we are going when we die. Some see this as guidelines to how human beings should act and behave while others see it as a form of control and restrictions. When you grow up at some point in time you'll have to make a decision on which side of the road you want to step on or stay in the middle. Which ever you choose I only hope you do so because it's your choice and not a predetermined one by someone else.