The problems of intercultural communication in ‘Angels & Demons’ by Dan Brown
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‘Angels & Demons’ is a novel by American author Dan Brown, which tells us about the adventures of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon in Vatican City. This work is not only an absorbing reading matter but also we can find the examples of some intercultural problems there.
First of all, the problem to which the whole novel is devoted is interrelations between religion and science. "Since the beginning of history, " Langdon explained, "a deep rift has existed between science and religion. Outspoken scientists like Copernicus--" "Were murdered," Kohler interjected. "Murdered by the church for revealing scientific truths. Religion has always persecuted science. " The roots of it lie in the fact that Church is afraid that scientific discoveries and innovations may lead people not to believe in God. For instance, nowadays mankind managed to highly develop medicine which might be interpreted as a humans’ superiority over any illnesses and even death. For the religion this view is a crucial question as, for example, Bible says: ‘Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.’(Genesis; 3.16) These are the first lines where God talks about sorrow a human being will have by His will. And today people invented such medicines which reduce sorrow, or pain, during childbirth and even cesarean section exists. This is only one from a million of representations of why people might have doubts in God’s will because of scientific achievements. Let me introduce some examples from Russian history connected with the confrontation between Russian Orthodox Church and science.
In 1740, initiated by Mikhail Vasilyevi...
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...alue of freedom and honesty of justice. Today the majority of African Americans support this idea, although it has not yet found any political support in upper echelons of government.
All in all, Dan Brown’s novel ‘Angels and Demons’ make us consider such important problems as racism, a conflict between scientists and Church and a dispute between the supporters of religious view on the world and the followers of scientific theories. Personally, I suppose that in every of these disagreements a human should stay human and be tolerant to other people. Surely, not all conflicts can be resolved with tolerance. For instance, I guess there are not many (if any) people who can be tolerant with terrorists, who can explain to themselves why they blow up buildings with innocent people inside and put up with the fact that their own families may suffer from terrorists’ actions.