Dan Brown sure knows how to get ’em going. I was watching a few minutes of The Da Vinci Code the other day and it’s no secret that this book and the subsequent film sure have spawned a great deal of controversy. One such controversy is the discussion over Arianism. Not to be confused with Hitler’s blond haired, blue eyed, Caucasian supremacist ideas, Arianism was the belief that Jesus Christ was not divine at all. Floated for some time before the 4th Century AD preaching of Arius, Arianism came to be known by this one fellows name.
The thought behind Arianism is that Jesus Christ was not divine at all; Arianism posits that Jesus Christ was a being created by God but not at all equal to God. Arius said that God alone was the only immutable force in the world that God alone was self-existent and that Jesus Christ, as God’s Son, could not be God. The discussion between Arius and the church of the time under the Nicaean ideology could not agree on this point.
According to the Catholic Encyclopedia the dispute over the origin of Jesus Christ and his role in the Trinity based upon the beliefs of Arius lasted from roughly 313AD to 388AD with the rise and fall of Constantine. The reading of the battle over the origin involves several court battles, questioning of bishops and Popes and banishment of Arius and others to places like Illyria.
Arianism, Semi-Arian beliefs and the belief of Athanasius hold to the ideal in the Koran that God is not begotten and does not beget and therefore Jesus can not be of God but has to have other origins such as from a creation of God.
When reading through the Bible and the New Testament one can see where the questions can arise. Jesus is the Son of God and the Holy Spirit is the spirit of God and yet the two speak of and to God. Jesus is supposed to be begotten of the Father and yet he is supposed to be the Father. If God has no beginning then Jesus should have no beginning and yet he does so as the son of the Virgin Mary.
One can see very clearly when reading the Catholic Encyclopedia that the non-Arians would like for this to be seen as a simple misconception and yet it is a big political deal. This trouble with politics gets back to the idea that the Bible is all interpretation. Catholics today say the Nicaean Creed at mass confirming the story of Jesus and confirming that the Roman Church only believes in a Catholic and Apostolic Church, no other Church and no other political ideology.
Dan Brown has opened a can of worms with The Da Vinci Code that is not to be closed any time soon. Where did Jesus come from leads back to the question of where did God come from? If the Trinity is one person then how do they all communicate and why do they all speak of each other in the third person? Was the Big Bang the way the universe started? Was God the creator of the Big Bang in order to create the universe? Dan Brown has brought up these questions and perhaps only Tom Hanks knows the answers.