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The source of frustration, Carl is in two things you said;

"It's a fair guess, I think, to say the author possessed those beliefs before writing the review..."

"Angels & Demons rests squarely on that secularist stereotype..."

The book and movie are written within the parameters of that pre-existing stereotype. But it is entertainment. That's why it is almost impossible to engage someone in a rational conversation about it. They are looking at the entertainment value and have no desire to challenge the stereotype. For them, Dan Brown is not the source of the stereotype, only re-enforcement so there is no problem for them if Dan Brown is factually challenged. So what? They have already accepted the premise.

I would suggest also that the stereotype runs so deep in the culture that it is also partially responsible for the tepid response from some Catholics over the Notre Dame scandal. What they see is a religious vs. academic argument and the Church is at it again, trying to control academia.

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