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Saturday, May 27, 2006

DaVinci Code

I saw the DaVinci Code with friends from the campus ministry. I'm lost on why the story should be considered a threat. If one wants to focus on the history or lack thereof, I suppose that could ruin the movie for some.

But if one wanted to look at one of the broad themes of the movie, a masculine church which abhors the body, the sexual, the feminine, treating such things as a threat, I can see why the story has a ring of truth to it, why it can seem compelling for so many folks.

But his summer I'm trying to find books that relate religion and the public square as I'm worried that the religious left is repeating the mistakes of the right. Been reading the Niebuhr brothers and hoping to get into Stout's work Democracy and Tradition.

2 Comments:

At 10:10 PM , Blogger Elizabeth said...

"But if one wanted to look at one of the broad themes of the movie, a masculine church which abhors the body, the sexual, the feminine, treating such things as a threat, I can see why the story has a ring of truth to it, why it can seem compelling for so many folks."

Exactly...the church history part is sketchy in DaVinci - the way the church has dealt with women, body, and sex - book has that part right on!

 
At 7:44 PM , Blogger Gaius said...

The history is complete balderdash. And that's what's infuriating about both the book and the film.

Not the hypotheses regarding Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and their supposed offspring.

Not the rejection of traditional Christian sexual morality.

The effort to make those jazzy and to sell them with an elaborate scheme of ridiculous lies and wretched distortions, is the part that's like fingernails on a blackboard.

 

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