Friday, March 03, 2006
The Da Vinci Code
Last night, I finished The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.
As it is coming to the theaters in May, I thought I'd better figure out the scoop. Probably, half of Sawyer County will go see the movie, and then a bunch of folks are going to come to me with confused questions.
I came away from the novel with three conclusions:
1. Dan Brown is a very good fiction writer -- captivating.
2. He is a misguided theologian and an inaccurate historian. (concrete mind =thouroughly mixed up and permanently set!) His belief about Jesus is downright heresy!
3. People will believe a good story told well -- even if it's not true.
Folks buy Brown's baloney just because he's a good story teller, and he speaks with an air of authority. Just think what would happen if he used those gifts for truth.
When we proclaim the Gospel -- the Greatest Truth -- we must tell it boldly and beautifully. Take authority and preach the Word!
My friend, Jim Garlow, has written a great book called Cracking Da Vinci's Code, which I also have read.
Jim is a much better historian and theologian than Brown. You can read some of his thoughts here.
Note: Almost 2/3 of CNN Poll Respondance, say the Da Vinci Code's premise that the church hid a secret marriage between Jesus and Mary Magdaline is credible.
Yikes!! Now, that's scary!!
We'd better get out there and start telling the better and true story.