so what do i think of the da vinci code?

so what do i think of the da vinci code?

Not much.

Which means both that I don’t think much of it, and that I don’t think much about it. I have neither seen the movie nor read the book, though I’ve read reviews and talked with folks who have. I do not feel the same sense of threat that some Christians and Christian organizations seem to. I feel no need to make a reply to the assertions of The Da Vinci Code. I believe without reservation that truth will outlast any passing fancy or cultural buzz.

I did not see The Passion of the Christ for the same reasons. In that instance, too, I felt that the fanciful (and largely self-serving) fabrications of one man’s imagination did not merit serious debate. The story itself — the story of the God who came among us and shared our common lot — holds far more wonder, far more mystery, far more beauty, than any “revised version.” The story does not re-telling. It needs re-hearing!

Both the recently discovered Gospel of Judas and The Da Vinci Code appeal to human pride, our fondness for being among the “insiders,” for being numbered among those “in the know.” We like to think the truth is so complex, so impenetrable, that only the elite few (including ourselves, of course) can discover its secrets. A story so simple as a God who loves us completely and desires nothing more and nothing less than our complete love in return may not excite the book publishers or movie producers, but to me, it is far more compelling and simply rings true.

For another well-written take on the gnostic tendencies of The Da Vinci Code, see Novel faiths, an editorial column in the May 16, 2006 issue of The Christian Century.

2 thoughts on “so what do i think of the da vinci code?

  1. I really enjoyed this comment: “Both the recently discovered Gospel of Judas and The Da Vinci Code appeal to human pride, our fondness for being among the ‘insiders,’ for being numbered among those ‘in the know.’ We like to think the truth is so complex, so impenetrable, that only the elite few (including ourselves, of course) can discover its secrets.”

    I had not considered this before. I agree, there is something appealing for having that insider information. I feel the same way at work when management lets me in on a little secret that will be revealed some time in the next few days. I even feel the same way when my wife lets me in on what is going on in the lives of the high school girls in our church youth group.

    Our pastor always says that pride will get in the way of our relationship with God. It will most certainly get in the way of our relationships with others!

  2. I’m actually glad you feel this way because I was feeling a bit guilty that I wasn’t making a big deal of it…not many college students have mentioned it. If they do and it gets to be a big deal among them, we’ll rent it. Otherwise, it’ll go the way of all the others…

    thanks, Tim!

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