In about 20–25 words, what is the message of the book Angels and Demons by Dan Brown?

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Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons is meant to symbolize the ongoing fight between science and religion.

In the novel, prominent religious figures are kidnapped and murdered in symbolic ways (representing the natural elements, earth, water, air, and fire). This symbolism represents the ideas of natural science which, according to...

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Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons is meant to symbolize the ongoing fight between science and religion.

In the novel, prominent religious figures are kidnapped and murdered in symbolic ways (representing the natural elements, earth, water, air, and fire). This symbolism represents the ideas of natural science which, according to Dan Brown, conflict with traditional religious ideology.

At the climax of the novel, a character attempts to use antimatter to create a bomb that would destroy the Vatican while all the prominent priests and clergy are inside, effectively wiping out the Roman Catholic Church, but it is staged to make the bomber seem like a hero who is destined to become the next Pope. This is all done in an attempt to make the Catholic Church seem corrupt and deceitful by Brown, highlighting the purity and benefit of science.

Brown, an outspoken individual against religion, pits science against religion, championing science in the process.

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Dan Brown's Angels & Demons depicts the struggle between religion and science.  For hundreds of years, the church has been at odds with modern science, as evidenced by Robert Langdon's referencing the history of persecution that the church embarked on to silence the voices of great scientists, Galileo.

In particular, the book is about a power struggle, within the church, which is depicted by the rogue Camerlengo's behavior.  He wants to preserve tradition in an absolute way, while other clergy want to be more inclusive of modern science and thought.

The book depicts a race against time to save the cardinals who are marked for execution using symbolism that is known to be part of an ancient society the Illuminati.  What is striking about the plot twist is that a member of the clergy uses a supposed arch enemy of the church to execute those cardinals that he does not want as Pope.

In conclusion, I would sum up by saying that the book is a fictional depiction of a power struggle that occurs within the Roman Catholic church regarding the opposing forces of tradition and a more modern inclusive approach.

This struggle is actually real in one sense, the church constantly discusses old traditions, such as clergy not being able to marry, no women clergy,  but they go round and round, and things never change.  So Dan Brown imagined that that one member of the high ranking Vatican clergy got so deeply involved in a plot to make sure that discussions of changing any traditions in the church never went any further.

Protecting tradition, in the name of God, using murder, deception and a willingness to die for the cause.

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