Monday, April 24, 2006
The Da Vinci Code - why the fuss?
On May 19, the Hollywood release of Dan Brown's bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code, will appear on the big screen, starring Tom Hanks. The book version claims that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and their descendants live on through a royal blood line in Europe (there is no evidence of this). It also claims that Jesus was not considered God by the early church until the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325 (not true, but its what the book claims), but that a secret society has known the truth all of these years, and the truth has been passed along in artwork and literature, most notably in Leonardo Da Vinci's painting of Mary Magdalene beside Jesus in The Last Supper (actually its a youthful apostle John beside Jesus in the painting).
Many churches, including ours, are responding with special studies to debunk the claims of this book. In the days to come, I will be posting debunking The Da Vinci Code on this blog.
Some may ask, why all the fuss over a piece of fiction? Don't people know it's just a novel? The answer comes on page 1 of the book, with the headline "FACT," where the author claims that what the book says about the secret societies is true, when in fact it is not true. Page 1 includes this claim: "All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents and secret rituals in this novel are accurate."
Over 40 million people have read this novel, and millions more will see the movie. With its claim to be a historical novel based on "fact," Christians need to respond.
The good news is that the claims of this book can be easily answered, as you will see in the blogs coming up in the days ahead. So for Christians, if we will respond with facts rather than anger, The Da Vinci Code can actually become an opportunity to share our faith.