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THE DA VINCI CODE DVD RELEASE
October 17 — The summer blockbuster The Da Vinci Code is scheduled to release to DVD on Tuesday, Nov. 14th, and consequently will spark renewed interest in the discussion on its claims about the life of Christ and the history of the Church. Because the DVD will contain additional commentary and special features, it is sure to generate another round of questions just as the book and the theatrical release did.
Created by Westminster Theological Seminary (WTS) as a response to Sony Pictures’ The Da Vinci Code based on Dan Brown’s best-selling novel, www.thetruthaboutdavinci.com is a repository of historical fact and biblically-sound resources. The site hosts current news articles, audio/video clips addressing the film’s claims such as Jesus’ marriage, as well as definitions of key historical terms and descriptions of the Priory of Sion and the “lost books of the Bible” represented in the novel and film.
“Here at the seminary, we understand that movies and books are instrumental in shaping our culture and worldview,” said Dr. Peter Lillback, President of WTS. “We would be remiss if we didn’t seize this opportunity to engage in dialogue about why the Christian perspective is relevant and how this timeless message has a timely urgency.”
Initially, in response to widespread interest across all ethnicities and languages, the site quickly implemented a computer-based translation tool. This feature greatly expanded the potential reach and influence of the site, allowing readers to view content in nine different languages. Due to the overwhelming number of Spanish-speaking visitors to the site, though, a complete formal translation has recently been done in Spanish and is online as of this week.
“Curiosity is not strictly a phenomenon for English-speaking people,” laughed William Edgar, Professor of Apologetics at Westminster. “The questions raised by The Da Vinci Code – whether in the book, the theater or on a DVD – are shared by people of all faiths and origins. Certainly Christians and Catholics have a more personal interest because the claims are directly counter to the foundations of our faith. We recognize that many of our Catholic friends are Spanish-speaking, and we saw the mounting interest among this community and wanted to ensure that they were able to have access to the information in the very best translation possible.”
Westminster faculty has joined with noted authors, theologians and scholars including Timothy Keller, Darrell Bock, Peter Jones and Jim Garlow to provide content for pastors, small group leaders, and anyone just wanting to research the facts and make up their own minds. While other sites have remained static after the release of the film, www.thetruthaboutdavinci.com has continued to update and add materials, as well as making more resources available via downloads, as opposed to only streaming.
“The theatrical release of the film was one opportunity to make an impact in our communities and in our culture; and I would venture to say that the DVD release provides an equal, if not greater, chance to continue that discussion and broaden its influence,” said Edgar.
To learn more about Westminster Theological Seminary’s response to The Da Vinci Code film and DVD release, visit http://www.thetruthaboutdavinci.com.