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And why shouldn't they? Dylanfanatic - 27/04/2004 01:01:43 AM

The New York Times reports that there seems to be a whole campaing by some religious fundamentalists to stop this #1 bestseller book from becoming a movie.

First off, please place "fundamentalist" in its proper context. There is a big difference between "fundamentalist" and "orthodox Christian" in many respects, so use the term correctly. For example, Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox cannot be Fundamentalists due to the very origins of the Five Fundamentals, which contain implicit biases against these two ancient Christian churches. Nitpicking, I know, but still it is a loaded term.

And yes, Roman Catholics and others have quite valid reasons to be irritated about this novel. I'll address that below.

Here's an excerpt:

The novel "The Da Vinci Code" may be sowing doubt about basic Christian beliefs, a host of Christian churches, clergy members and Bible scholars are rushing to rebut it.

In 13 months, readers have bought more than six million copies of the book, a historical thriller that claims Christianity was founded on a cover-up — that the church has conspired for centuries to hide evidence that Jesus was a mere mortal, married Mary Magdalene and had children whose descendants live in France.

So Mel Gibson got to make his movie, why is this frowned upon?

Well, let's see - one movie is based on the core beliefs of the largest religion in the world today, the other is taken by many to be a direct attack on those same beliefs? I can understand why so many would be against seeing this movie. Nothing different from a variety of groups protesting how Gibson constructed his movie.

But to be fair, it's not like Brown was all that original. Now I haven't read the book itself yet (not saying I won't, just haven't), but if he's citing the France/Mary Magdalene connection, that's an old heresy that comes from a fragment of the Gospel of Peter, a heterodox writing that is some centuries after the earliest Christian writings.

The problem that many have with Brown's book is that those who are not aware of the arguments behind the validity of the Gnostic Gospels (and I've read most, if not all, of those translated into English) would presume Brown is just telling the truth. I know the book is a novel and I am not going to criticize Brown for writing the story that he did. However, the danger, as perceived by many Christian leaders of most denominations, is that some might just make a leap and conclude that this is a until-now concealed truth being revealed. Add to that some perceived attacks on the Roman Catholic Church and there's a potential for an ugly spat.

Now if what I've read about Brown's novel is true (and I know that's a big If), then it could very well be perceived as a direct attack on how Christians view the origins of their faith. As such, religious leaders would indeed have the right to rebut his claims. As to which is more believable depends upon the reader. I know I don't believe what he's written. Others likely will disagree. To each their own. Won't bother me much if a movie is made. I would just hope that people would re-examine their beliefs after that and see why the churches have opposed this viewpoint.


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Ron Howard to make The Da Vinci Code into a movie. - 27/04/2004 12:18:13 AM 177 Views
I Love Little Opie Cunningham! - 27/04/2004 12:29:33 AM 20 Views
they shoudl at least let him make the movie - 27/04/2004 12:38:51 AM 23 Views
Who's stopping him? - 27/04/2004 12:46:41 AM 19 Views
Re: Who's stopping him? The fundamentalists - 27/04/2004 12:51:31 AM 18 Views
Do you have another source that supports your claims? *NM* - 27/04/2004 12:55:42 AM 3 Views
Meh - 27/04/2004 01:02:18 AM 17 Views
dear... - 27/04/2004 01:15:56 AM 16 Views
Rushdie should write the screen play to that - 27/04/2004 01:22:20 AM 11 Views
"The Message" aka "Mohammad, Messenger of God" w/ Anthony Quinn - 27/04/2004 01:44:12 AM 12 Views
Ah, haven't seen (or heard) of that movie - thanks! - 27/04/2004 01:51:51 AM 9 Views
Just an observation - 27/04/2004 01:17:15 AM 14 Views
no its not - 27/04/2004 01:20:34 AM 12 Views
And why shouldn't they? - 27/04/2004 01:01:43 AM 38 Views
Good reply Larry *NM* - 27/04/2004 10:58:46 PM 2 Views
I think the problem is - 27/04/2004 01:48:31 AM 20 Views
Exactly. - 27/04/2004 02:36:02 AM 9 Views
Gibson didn't intend to challenge the roots of Christianity, did he? - 27/04/2004 02:24:59 AM 13 Views
People take stuff way to seriously - 27/04/2004 05:12:04 AM 13 Views
I KNEW this was coming... - 27/04/2004 07:57:45 AM 10 Views
Ron Howard again? - 27/04/2004 08:17:49 AM 12 Views
Anything that rocks Christianity and causes people to question it is - 27/04/2004 03:49:28 PM 16 Views
Can Christians be human too? - 27/04/2004 05:59:21 PM 11 Views
Well, what irritates me - 27/04/2004 05:23:56 PM 11 Views
Howard sucks anyway. - 27/04/2004 11:02:25 PM 7 Views
I'm surprised they haven't got it in the can already! - 28/04/2004 08:12:57 AM 8 Views