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February 13, 2006

The Da Vinci Code

The imminent release of the movie based on Dan Brown's book has Sony Pictures more than a little nervous in the US. The power of the US evangelical political lobby to cause them problems has lead to a creative response: they have constructed a web site in which they have invited key scholars and writers to post articles on the film/book. The web site will post 45 essays who will analyse and respond to the book's assertions.

If you haven't read the book (where HAVE you been?)... it plays on conspiracy theories and institutional suspicions to underscore a belief that the true secrets of Jesus have been known and hidden.

Let's hope that the christian church has learned the lesson of The Life of Brian, The Last Temptation of Christ and other films which they succeeded in giving greater publicity to by their public protests. I, for one, welcome the opportunities that the Da Vinci Code brings to engage in conversation about Jesus and christian faith. In some senses the book offers more open opportunities for discussion than either The Passion of the Christ or The Chronicles of Narnia.

Dan Brown's book has been on the best seller list for quite some time. When the movie is released in the US on May 18, I can imagine the queues will be long... The questions it asks and challenges it poses are worthy of serious consideration and engagement, rather than dismissive ridicule. In one sense, the book echoes the spirit of our age.

Posted by gary at February 13, 2006 10:27 PM


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