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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Why Discuss A Work of Fiction?

The upcoming launch of The Da Vinci Code movie based on Dan Brown's best-selling book has gotten the Christian community buzzing. Web sites are popping up everywhere. New books are being written. Sermons are being prepared. Everywhere, Christians are getting ready to do intellectual battle against the claims made in the film about the origins of their faith. All of this attention has causedsome to ask if we've overreacted. One person put it this way:


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From: L.S.

Sent: Wednesday, 17 May, 2006 1:13 AM

To: TheTruthAboutDaVinci.com

Subject: The definition of fiction


What part of "Fiction" do you not understand? Fiction means not true. Has Dan Brown atually made a public statement that he believes the doctrines described in The Da Vinci Code to be true? He hasn't. Why are you giving him so much free press? ...It is amazing that Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code is getting such a reaction, even from scholars like you.

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This is a legitimate question, although the writer is wrong in stating Dan Brown hasn't given public statements that he believes these theories. He actually has. That being said, The Da Vinci Code is listed as a work of fiction - something that's not true. Given that it's a fictional account, why is everyone spending so much time and effort debunking its assertions?


Well, the short answer is being fictional doesn't matter. It will still have influence on the way people think about issues. We have numerous examples of this, from the sales jump of Resees Pieces after E.T. came out to the effects of works such as The Green Mile and Cider House Rules on the death penalty and abortion. Because of this, advertisers pay large sums of money to have their products featured in a new release and used by the protagonists.


So, we should prepare ourselves. We need to inform ourselves of the facts, so that we may discuss them intelligently when the question arises. We should know how to answer critics and those who may be swayed by the movie's storytelling power. Even before the movie was released, the Canadian newspaper, The National Post recently reported that 17% of Canadians and 13% of Americans believed the premises of the book. It shows all the more reason why Christians must be able to "make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence".


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2 Comments:

marilynalo9 said...

Faith

This movie could very easily confuse many people.  I don't know why people feel like they have to pick apart the bible.....but I can assure you that it is better to be a stepping stone than a stumbling block in God's eyes.

Revelation 22:18-19

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book. If any man shalt add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.....And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in the book.

I believe that this is good food for thought for the man that wrote the book...the man that made the movie...and the people that had parts in the movie.

You see....I've always been a big fan of Tom Hanks and Ron Howard as I'm sure thousands of other people are and would watch this movie simply because those two names are connected to it.  I'm strong in my faith...but there are many many people out there who are riding the proverbial  fence and might be lead in the wrong direction...who might not focus on the fact that this is  a work of fiction.  I would really hate to think that I was responsible for leading some poor soul down the wrong path.

Movie makers are in such a good position to help get confused people on the right path...they have so much power over people who might not go to church, read their bible or have any type of spiritual influence in their life..but , they will almost always watch movies.  I suppose the problem there is that those types of movies just don't bring in the big bucks.

11/16/06 6:45 PM
Christine said...

Laughing.....

I loved this book! I found it entertaining, intriguing, thought provoking. And isn't that the real problem? That someone like me, who grew up in a pentacostal church, could actually have something to think about after reading a work of fiction? I mean no disrespect, but this site set up this blog. I'll say my part and leave you in peace. I have always been a rather selfish person. When I was a teenager, I liked to think of it as rugged individualism. But I'm no longer a teenager and (I hope) am more self aware. Because I was (and am) selfish, my memories of my teenage years are slightly distorted; changed, I suppose, by teenaged angst (of which I had plenty) and inherent snottiness. However; my perceptions of the church around me are not false; are not fiction, if you will. "Jesus loves you and we. as your brothers and sisters in Christ, are here to guide you, lift you up, encourage you, and set an example for you". This is what I heard. This is what I believed. But churches are made up of people; and people have a habit of disappointing each other. "Judge not, lest ye be judged". I was judged plenty and did plenty of judging myself. The weirdest thing about this site is that I, personally, find the idea that I require a MAN to communicate with GOD for me ridiculous! The idea that a MAN can provide absolution for me is unbelievably amusing to me. And that that same MAN will provide to me the "penance" that GOD requires! Answer me this then. Why is the "divinity of Jesus Christ" even mentioned in these articles? Why does it matter to me whether or not Jesus was divine if all I require for absolution is a priest, a MAN?  You set up this site almost before the release of the book. I have to wonder who it is you're trying to defend. God? or the Church?

11/04/08 3:07 PM

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