Julie with a B

Monday, April 17, 2006
Must have chocolate bunny on the brain . . .
London Times:
Hundreds of churches are preparing events to coincide with the release next month of the film version of the novel, to help congregations understand why the version of events that appears in the book is untrue. The Da Vinci Code is based on the premise that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had a child, leading to a secret bloodline that was suppressed by the Roman Catholic Church and was the Holy Grail of legend.
What part of "fiction" do they not understand? The Da Vinci Code is FICTION as in "a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact; a fabrication: a deliberately false or improbable account".
Why would the church feel compelled to explain anything about The Da Vinci Code? Why would they feel threatened by something written to be an entertaining story? Seems to me their parishioners should feel insulted - the Anglican Church has no faith in their own congregants.
Ah! Maybe the Church is just jealous:
Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said that conspiracy theories would not undermine the truth of the Gospel. Dr Thomas Wright, the Bishop of Durham, said that an “ethically confused, navel- gazing society” had made Dan Brown’s novel a bestseller.

It's a best seller. Why not? It's a great read. Surely something that involves people in their religion should be popular, not condemned. Clearly, they've eaten too many chocolate bunnies.


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