Code Ruffles Feathers
But Does it Really Ruffle Faith?
since Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, has a film
about Jesus stirred up such interest as The DaVinci Code.
In theaters nationally on May 19th, the film has already created
a stir among believers and non-believers alike.
It's a fiction, that tries to read like a fact and Dan Brown claims
his assertions are based on documented facts. But it is still a
novel, a fictionalized story about a secret group who is hiding
a supposed relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Just the
thing to get the blood going. All this sells books, there are 18
such listing on Amazon.com. But does it help faith or hurt it? You
decide and be sure to take the readers poll, just for fun.
Here are some current perspectives
The US Bishops have a website on the subject and describe
it as "a site designed to provide information to anyone who
wishes to inquire about Jesus Christ and Christian origins due to
claims that appear in current popular media."
A 60 minute DVD produced for the US Bishops has been
sold out before the Ron Howard film hits the theaters
from their website:
Was Jesus really married to Mary Magdalene? Did the Catholic Church
suppress various secret Gospels that "tell
the real truth" about Jesus and the early Church? Did Deception
and politics determine which books were included and excluded from
These are questions that some readers of Dan Brown's
best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code are asking. And with the worldwide
debut of director Ron Howard's film version of the novel coming
in May, many others are certain to be exposed to the sensational
claims which call into question fundamental orthodox beliefs about
Jesus and the Church. To help separate the Catholic truth from fiction,
the Catholic bishops have produced Jesus Decoded, a new hour-long
documentary that presents clear and accurate information about the
person of Jesus, his disciples, and the formation of the books included
in the official canon of the Bible.
Other books on the subject:
& Answers on The Da Vinci Code and the Catholic Tradition
Nancy de Flon and John Vidmar,
DaVinci: The Facts behind the Fiction of The Da Vinci Code
Da Vinci Hoax – Exposing the Errors in The Da Vinci
Carl E. Olsen and Sandra Miesel
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