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May 20, 2006

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I think you're absolutely right that "today's culture values spirituality, but is suspicious of institutionalized Christianity." I would venture so far to say that any institutionalized religion arouses suspicion...

At any rate, thanks for your mini review of The Da Vinci Code. I think I will wait for the DVD!

Good review, DP. One of my colleagues here in Iceland has even started courses and discussion groups about the DVC, they've been running for almost two years now and are extremely popular.

Myself, not too fond of the book, it started well enough, then Dan Brown gave the plot away in the middle ... after that I found it boring.

2 comments...
1- I don't think the book (haven't seen the film) says anything about spirituality, what it does say is that contemporary/popular culture does not only distrust institutions but actually positively believes that institutions are there to hide the truth from the populace - for reasons of power, money and control - pomo culture seems to believe that institutions are intrinsically weapons of oppresion and corrupt and (naturally) includes the Church in this. I think it is over optimistic to read spirituality into the DVC. I think if the book is of any use to the Church it as a wake up call... a tool for critical reflection of the state of Religion/Church.

2- I can't agree with you about the books quality... it is badly written, the plot obvious, the characters as thin as the paper they are written on, the so-called puzzles so easy it is frustrating (why can't professional cryptographers solve simple puzzles that are easier than Tabloid Newspaper quick-crosswords???). The book would have sold just as many copies as his 3 others did were it not for the controversy - The Church is as guilty of promoting this tripe as anyone!

He makes claims for accuracy at many levels - indicative of his inept research is that he says there are 666 panes of glass in the Louvre pyramid (remember he says ALL architectural details are accurate) when there are in fact 673! One could say that if he cannot even get that well documented fact wrong little faith can be put in all the more esoteric claims he makes!

Better recommendation. Don't see it at all.

I love the Opus Dei, and the devotional writings of Fr. Josemaria Escriva sit on my desk as I type "Christ is passing by".

I understand being aware of things that are in the culture to be relevent, but don't understand Christians going to see a movie that attacks the church.

God's Peace

Seraphim

Carlos, I've been fairly open to doing some sort of class or seminar or the sorts, but I'm surprized by how little interest there is among the adults in our congregation (over the book, the movie, the subject matter). Our teens, on the otherhand, are VERY much wanting to explore the whole matter.

I meet with the core kids in our youth group each Monday night. Tonight will no doubt be interesting, being that the movie came out a few days ago.

Mark Berry -- thanks for posting! I've heard complaints about the book's writing style before. My wife -- who is an avid fiction reader -- couldn't stand the book's unrealistic timeline (i.e. sense of time) -- far too much was happening over such a short period of time (time from the narrator's perspective, that is).

Thanks for pointing out the inaccuracy regarding the pyramid panes at the Louvre. That's interesing.

Great post Dad, I agree! Being one of the "intrested teens", I think that christians are getting too upset over it! Our culture is being over-analytical and its becoming a problem, we cant forget this is a fictional book!! Yes, there were some flaws in the book, but there were also many TRUE facts included, that I found fascinating. In my opinion, it was a great ficitonal book! I agree about the movie being a litle boring!!

Went to see the film yesterday with 'me missus'. I'd read the book, she hadn't. Her verdict: The plots in the Indiana Jones movies is more interesting. That said, there are a few questions the book and film raises, which I'll spare you except for one.

Could it be that 200 years of biblical and historical criticism in our universities has passed the general public by? Is it finally time to show our teens and young adults the wonders of biblical sleuth, and I mean JEPD, Q and Mark=>Matth. and Luke, the revisions of the Jesus Seminar (sorry Seraphim), and have fun with it? Why not do serious bible reading with all the latest scholarly tools, Reader Response Criticism and Psychoanalytical approaches included? I ask you: Why should liberal theologians have all the fun?

Well, Carlos -- I'm not sure I'd use the same list that you've proposed, but I think I agree with your basic premise. Most Christians haven't a clue what's REALLY behind their nice English translations.

Source criticism and redaction criticism seem wearisome to me - I see much more promise in literary, narrative, reader-response, and social-scientific criticims. But that's another topic for another time. :D

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