Tuesday, May 02, 2006

CodeDaVinci: Curing What Ails Ya?

From CNN.com:

With 46 million copies in print, "Da Vinci" has long been a headache for Christian scholars and historians, who are worried about the influence on the faith from a single source they regard as wrong-headed.

Now the controversy seems headed for a crescendo with the release of the movie version of "Da Vinci" May 17-19 around the world. Believers have released an extraordinary flood of material criticizing the story -- books, tracts, lectures and Internet sites among them.

If someone's faith in church can be truly shaken by the DaVinci Code then their faith was wafer-thin to begin with.

Brown's novel (for the one person out there who hasn't read it) is escapist literature defined - with three-page chapters, virtually no character development, and a connect-the-dots plot that's enlivened by the "controversial" nature of the subject. It's watered-down Indiana Jones.

That's not a criticism. Escapist literature is fun. And while many theologians are criticizing Brown's "fast n' loose" apprach to theology, his book is FICTION. That people are taking it as fact isn't Brown's fault. It's the fault of his critics, who've failed to teach their "version" effectively enough to convince these "misled" people they're so worried about.

But really, James Robinson says it best:

James M. Robinson of Claremont (California) Graduate School, a leading specialist, thinks the current popularity of Mary Magdalene "says more about the sex life (or lack of same) of those who participate in this fantasy than it does about Mary Magdalene or Jesus."


At 11:29 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

I've never understood the controversy myself.

At 1:48 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

Glad to hear you don't get it, either.

There's this fear that the secular world is going to steal people away - and that fear's somewhat justified. But pick your battles intelligently.

At 2:14 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

I think I miiiight understand why some of my more uber-brethren get up in arms. Anything that challenges the truth as they understand it is "dangerous" and the author sells this book as being "truthy". But like you say, wafer-thin faith.

I enjoyed this as you said for what it is, fast and loose. I love all things grail and Knights Templar. Combine that with secret societies and albino assassins and that's money baby.

At 12:21 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

Oh, I get it. I just think its ludicrious.

Looking forward to the movie.


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