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    Sunday, May 21, 2006

    The Da Vinci Blasphemy?

    From the Culture Desk...

    Well, the third member of the Razorbaptist tri...er, triumvirate went to see the Da Vinci Code this weekend as well.

    The movie has been getting panned by a plethora of critics and got a resounding thumbs-down from my two beloved cohorts.

    Taking a movie critic's perspective, I did not find it as bad as others. Though, often I find that when the conventional critics like a movie I dislike it and vice versa. That said, I am not offering a ringing endorsement. I'm just saying I've seen worse (i.e., the last Bond movie, Mission Impossible 2, and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, to name a few - all horrible).

    I can't say that I would recommend it, but I won't say absolutely that you shouldn't see it. Again, Christians who know what they believe should not find themselves swayed by this film. If you are offended by the film, it should only reinforce our knowledge of a world in which Christ continues to be slandered. If you are hesitant to see it because you don't want to feel like you are financially supporting the film, I respect that.

    In the same vein, having seen it, I feel I can better debate points-in-question should I find myself in a discussion about it. I'm not being elitist in saying this, it's just a personal thing with me. If I'm around someone who starts talking about this, I would rather be able to discount the premise of the whole story rather than just cite a boycott of something I know nothing about.

    I do see how such a movie could be dangerous when introduced before people without a solid grounding in The Truth. It artistically weaves just enough history and slight fact to confuse naive people as it launches into its ridiculously far-fetched conspiracy theories.

    The Bible warns us against false teachings and certainly were this film considered as a theological statement, it would be blatant heresy. But, this is a fictional movie based on a fictional book. So, how should we classify it? What should we make of a movie like this?

    Discussing the movie with one of the other resident bloggers, I described it as "sort of like 'National Treasure' with a healthy dose of blasphemy thrown in."

    This led me to pondering the question of whether fiction, when it distorts the story of Jesus, is just fiction or rather, outright blasphemy?

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/21/2006 09:09:00 PM


    Anonymous Alan G said...

    It was nice to run across a stated opinion similar to mine with regard to all this Da Vinci hype going around. I am completely puzzled, as you mentioned, as to how weak the critics must think the Christian’s are when it comes to their faith or as to how easily some of their beliefs might be swayed. I tend to think that this criticism is more like the Pharisees whom Jesus pointed out to His disciples in their public displays of self-righteousness.

    If you recall we went through this same exercise a few years back with Harry Potter when it came out. It was predicted at that time that all children in the world would soon be practicing witchcraft and riding broomsticks within a matter of months. Fact is - we all should have known that Harry Potter was fiction because Wal-Mart did not start stocking various broomstick models and they are not about to miss out on a great marketing idea such as that.

    What is it about the word ‘fiction’ that people don’t understand. Perhaps we should contact Mr. Webster and ask him to consider a better definition for the word ‘fiction’. How about something along these lines?

    fiction – 1) normally not true; esp. when talking animals and plants are involved. 2) as relates to witchcraft and sometimes religion. 3) a literary term meaning make believe.

    And finally, I guess it is time to admit there are skeletons in our closet also. One of the best kept secrets that I personally know about is the fact that the Baptist Book Stores stock and sell such books as the Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Eusebius and even the more well known Josephus. These are not books locked away in secret rooms in the Vatican. But are they ‘fact’ or ‘fiction’? I will wait on the movie!

    Monday, May 22, 2006 10:25:00 AM  

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