Angels & Demons: “Do you believe in God?”

Vittoria Vetra: Science tells me God must exist. My mind tells me I will never understand God. And my heart tells me I am not meant to.  – From Angels & Demons, the novel


Today is the day, Angels & Demons releases in theatres.

In short, it is the riveting, edge of your seat prequel to The Da Vinci Code.

Originally written by Dan Brown in 2000, it centers around Harvard University symbologist Professor Robert Langdon as he solves the clues to uncover a centuries-long mystery of a secret society called the Illuminati.

Bent on completely annihilating Vatican City, with the use of anti-matter, the story revolves around the conflict between science and religion. Specifically, Angels & Demons is the historical conflict between the Illuminati and the Roman Catholic Church.

Ewan McGregor in Angels & Demons

Hassassin: Faith does not protect you. Medicine and airbags… those are things that protect you. God does not protect you. Intelligence protects you. Enlightenment. Put your faith in something with tangible results. How long has it been since someone walked on water? Modern miracles belong to science… computers, vaccines, space stations… even the divine miracle of creation. Matter from nothing… in a lab. Who needs God? No! Science is God.  – From Angels & Demons, the novel

Like The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons shares the lore of secret societies, a story transpiring in a single-day and the Catholic Church. Therefore, because of these similarities, those who have not read the book, may have a bit of a hard time following the history, art and culture swirling around the story.

So from us to you, a mini-guide.

Read. Enjoy. And do let us know if you enjoyed the film:

Illuminati – secret society (“brotherhood”). Illuminatus in Latin and meaning “enlightened.” Refers in reality to numerous groups, but specifically the Bavarian Illuminati founded in 1776.

CERN – the research labratory that originally calls upon Langdon’s services.

Lockheed Martin X-33 – name of aircraft in story

Free Mason/Freemasonry – historical, fraternal organization that supposedly merged into one of the versions of the Illuminati. Supposedly, and on page-31 of the book, the Great Seal of the United States of America is a symbol to represent this.

Ambigram – also known as an inversion, it is a typographical design (sometimes considered art) that is one or more words that can be viewed from various viewpoints/directions/orientations.


Earth, Fire, Wind, Water & the Alters of Science – four locations in Rome, each representing the four elements of the earth: fire, earth, wind and water. Believed to be the “Path of Illumination,” it is the journey to the location where the Illuminati meets in Rome. In the novel of Angels & Demons, these signals were hidden in the form of religious pieces of art. By hiding these directions in religious iconography and alike, it was a way of preventing the church from discovering the scientists and thinkers, who the Church referred to as “heretics.”  It is presumed that the actual meeting place is the Castel Sant’Angelo. But that’s not directly stated in the book.

Earth is the Habakkuk and the Angel in Chigi Chapel of Santa Maria del Popolo

Air is the West Ponente at Saint Peter’s Square

Fire is the the Ecstasy of St. Teresa sculpture at the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria

Water is the the famous Fountain of Four Rivers at Piazza Navona

Angels & Demons

Teacher: Terrorism, has a single goal. What is it?
Student 1: Killing innocent people?
Teacher: Incorrect. Death is only a byproduct of terrorism.
Student 2: A show of strength?
Teacher: No. A weaker persuasion does not exist.
Student 3: To cause terror?
Teacher: Concisely put. Quite simply, the goal of terrorism is to create terror and fear. Fear undermines faith in the establishment. It weakens the enemy from within… causing unrest in the masses. Write this down. Terrorism is not an expression of rage. Terrorism is a political weapon. Remove a government’s façade of infallibility, and you remove its people’s faith.   – From Angels & Demons, the novel

Angels & Demons movie poster


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