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Much Ado about Nothing: My Reaction to The Da Vinci Code

Monday, May 22, 2006, 21:47 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Like millions of people, I read Dan Brown’s suspense novel, The Da Vinci Code, with only a vague awareness that any controversy surrounded it. I had heard it was an interesting read, so when I saw it marked down at Borders one day, I picked it up. I read it rather quickly and enjoyed it very much.

Also like millions of people, I am a practicing Roman Catholic Christian. It is with amusement and a little frustration that I have become alert to the furor that has accompanied the run up to Ron Howard’s movie version of Brown’s best-selling book. These critics are almost exclusively conservative/traditionalist Christians who, it seems, don’t realize that their squawking serves only to amplify the attention to what it is they’re trying to get everyone to ignore. It’s what leftists did with Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. And if the first weekend box office numbers are any indication, it will have the same effect: to increase interest and viewership.

The reactions, frankly, are embarrassing. Can you imagine if NASA had acted so foolishly over the conspiracy theorists who have proclaimed, in glaring orange text, that the Apollo moon landings were an elaborate governmental hoax? Or if the family of President Kennedy had given any credence to every outrageous assassination theory to have come out in the last 40 years?

Let me draw another analogy. I loved W.P. Kinsella’s novel Shoeless Joe, and its movie version, Field of Dreams, but that doesn’t mean that I believe the late ballplayers Joe Jackson, Mel Ott, and Archibald Graham—all real people who were used as characters in the story—are living in the corn. Nor do I remember their descendents or their fans leading protests outside the multiplexes claiming the movie disrespected the men’s memories.

But back to Da Vinci and the real reason I find the uproar ridiculous. In comes down to one question: if Jesus and Mary Magdalene were really married and had children, SO WHAT? The contention isn’t biblical, to be sure. The bible also never mentions Jesus, um, expelling waste products from his body, but the prospect that his digestive and urinary tracts functioned just like yours and mine doesn’t shake my faith. The idea, supported by so-called secret documents or not, that Jesus may have been a husband and father is no more threatening to me. Scripture tells us that Jesus experienced many human emotions, including anger (John 2:13-17), sorrow (John 11:30-37), fear (Matthew 26: 36-41), and despair (Mark 15: 33-34). Are the emotions that scripture doesn’t mention, including romantic love, really so far-fetched?

That said, I am well aware that many people will swallow Dan Brown’s fiction hook, line, and sinker. It isn’t that they’re stupid, though some undoubtedly are. It’s just that some people look for “evidence”, however flimsy or fabricated, to debunk something they don’t like. Just think about all the far-leftists who claim, in all seriousness, that George W. Bush knew about the September 11 attacks and blew up the levees in New Orleans.

I can’t guarantee you that a few people, grasping at straws, won’t be duped, perhaps quite willingly, by this movie. But I can guarantee this: Christianity will survive The Da Vinci Code. So please, everybody, relax.

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  1. Wednesday, May 24, 2006, 03:32 EDT at 03:32

    As I have been saying all along….IT’S FICTION , FOLKS!!!!!!

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