In September 2009, Dan Brown was asked to address the annual gathering of the Scottish Rite (Southern Jurisdiction) in Washington DC, but because of his schedule, could not attend.
His response reads, in part:
In the past few weeks, as you might imagine, I have been repeatedly asked what attracted me to the Masons so strongly as to make it a central point of my book. My reply is always the same:
"In a world where men do battle over whose definition of God is most accurate, I cannot adequately express the deep respect and admiration I feel toward an organization in which men of differing faiths are able to 'break bread together' in a bond of brotherhood, friendship, and camaraderie."
Please accept my humble thanks for the noble example you set for humankind. It is my sincere hope that the Masonic community recognizes The Lost Symbol for what it truly is... an earnest attempt to reverentially explore the history and beauty of Masonic Philosophy.