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Vatican: "Boycott Da Vinci Code"

Yahoo reports the leaders of the Catholic Church are calling for its members to boycott the upcoming movie "Da Vinci Code." The announcement comes from the mouth of Cardinal Angelo Amato, the #2 in the doctrine office. This is a repeat of the Church's condemnation about the book. They attribute its success to "extreme cultural poverty on the part of a good number of the Christian faithful."

Actually, the book is artistically middle of the road. It's not pulp, but Shakespeare it ain't either. Like all of Brown's books it's constructed of short chapters of which most end on a small cliffhanger which keeps the attention of the reader. It's structured to be entertaining and is brilliant at that goal. The concept that Mary Magdaline wasn't just an ordinary follower of Jesus certainly isn't new. Brown was sued (but cleared) for plagiarism from a 20 year old book that included the same concept.

So it's not new, and it's not great literature, it is very entertaining but so are plenty of other airport novels. Perhaps, and this is just a theory, its success is driven by controversy and the attention it creates. It's just a thought. --Terrence Ryan


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When the Romans fed innocent Christians to the lions and watched them get torn to shreds, they claimed it was entertainment. Today, persecution against the Faith continues in the form of blasphemy. 'The Da Vinci Code' attacks the Divinity of Christ, the Gospel, the Papacy and the holy mysteries of the Faith – and yet it too is being called entertainment.

When it comes to Christianity, all the promoted tolerance vanishes...

Wonder why.

-- Posted by: Christine at May 4, 2006 10:41 AM

I would argue that you are trying to draw equivalence between watching lions eat people and saying that the "Church is a big lie."

Between being called a liar, and being eaten, I'd rather be called a liar.

Furthermore, Brown hasn't urged people to destroy the Church. His claims, while I would agree are only truthy and scientifish and not well backed up, aren't harming the Church.

Instead people are haivng discussions about the claims in the book. They're finding about about the gnostic gospels, and why they were left out of the cannon.

The book isn't dangerous. It's may well be blasphemy. But if a person's faith can't survive a little challenge from a airport pulp novel, then it's not going to move mountains either.

-- Posted by: Terrence Ryan at May 4, 2006 7:23 PM

Oh My Gawd! Christine, is, like so totally funny! What dry and sublime wit!

-- Posted by: zeke at May 6, 2006 3:35 PM

Want to know what all the fuss about this movie is about, here's my opinion.

The real reason you see such an enormous backlash from many hard-liners of the Christian faith is very simple.There is a discussion out there that some people of fatih have been trying to put off for as long as possible, and DVC is just a chip of the iceberg for an argument (and not a very sound one) that people are terrified of bringing up. What is it you ask?
They are affraid that people may begin to look into the factual events that led up to the book we know as The Bible.Like what?
First of all, the Bible that many people around the world read today is a compilation of scripures, most written in either Greek or hebrew, that were put together many times from the 3rd century to as late as about 150 years ago.What people look at today is an imperfect document, with hundreds or thousands of different preists each having their own hand-written version of the Gospels.(Obviously, there was no common bible befroe the printing press came to be in the mid 16th century.)Prior to this time, what one man in Italy read in his Bible was very different from what the man in France read,which technically recallls the same events.what many people either don't know or don't want to know, is that there is a 1000 year window in which the Bible could have been, and was, doctored. Read Misqouting Jesus, a book written by a reknowned theologian, for proof in this matter.What the writer of that book said,as well as many other people who have bothered to learn Hebrew, is that the most dissapointing discovery regarding their faith was to go back and read the real Hebrew scripts compared to what they read from their normal Wal-mart Bible.Many people believe in a God that has been created through two thousand years of men's inginuity, a book that has been changed and manipulated time and again for one person's advantage or the other.The real scriptures are lost, replaced by a much more convenient and black and white vision of the diety.The Da Vinci code is just a small sensationalized account of the story of Jesus. I beleive most of it is false, but simply the fact that to argue for or against it one must go into actual history and into real scripture that people that bought their books from Wal-mart can't read; this is what scares hard-line Christians.
And don't quote from the Bible to refute me either.Here's a hint, ever wonder why it says King James Version on the side.I didn't think so.

-- Posted by: Roman Valencia at May 16, 2006 8:23 PM

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