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