There are some blatant geographical and ecclesiological errors in the novel, some of which are corrected in the film, some not. Brown's story also introduces the complex relationship between faith and science as a framework on which to build the rest of the story.
Given the hype that has surrounded the film and the controversy that some have tried to stir, I decided to take a closer look at Angels & Demons to sift through the fiction and get at the truth behind the story. I sat down with two scientists who also happen to be Jesuits: Fr. Rob Allore, a geneticist, and Br. Jonathan Stott, a physicist who is about to take up a post with the Vatican Observatory in Houston, Texas. We explore the idea of having a double calling as priest and scientist. We'll also get the true story of Copernicus and Galileo from Fr. John Comiskey of St. Peter's Seminary in London. Finally, Salt + Light's Rome correspondent Kris Dmytrenko gives us a quick tour of the key Roman monuments featured in the story.
Join me this Sunday, May 24th for Catholic Focus: Angels & Demons,
airing at 7:00 pm (ET).