Reality Gets Wierder than Brown's Fiction

I'm sorry, but it really seems that Christians are getting totally wigged out over the impending release of Ron Howard's movie. The wierdest part is how the response from the Church is all over the map.

In the most recent news reports, one Catholic cardinal is suggesting that the appropriate response is through the courts—despite the fact that he could offer no concrete options for carrying out such a plan, and despite the fact that Scripture specifically recommends staying out of the courts. Huh.

In Singapore, conservative pressure has led to the film being rated NC-16, which prevents any children below the age of 16 from seeing the film at the theaters. In India, small groups of Catholics have gathered to burn books and effigies of Dan Brown, and are calling for a hunger strike to protest the movie's release. And in the Philippines,
Archbishop Ramon Arguelles said he would lead a crusade to ban the film because it was “sacrilegious against God.” Brown’s book, released here last year, did not elicit a similar controversy. “In a predominantly Christian country like the Philippines, making publicly available such [a] film is sinfully condoning blasphemy and undermining the very limits of the people’s values and religious foundation,” Arguelles said in a letter to the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board. But Msgr. Pedro Quitorio, spokesman for the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, said banning the movie would likely only stir more interest. “We neither oppose nor endorse its showing. We don’t want to ride the commercialization and marketing hype because we know that this is all marketing strategy and the bottom line here is money—it’s not religion,” Quitorio said.
Christian author Brian McClaren seems to side with Msgr. Quitorio. Says McClaren, "We need to ask ourselves why the vision of Jesus hinted at in Dan Brown's book is more interesting, attractive, and intriguing to these people than the standard vision of Jesus they hear about in church. Why would so many people be disappointed to find that Brown's version of Jesus has been largely discredited as fanciful and inaccurate, leaving only the church's conventional version? Is it possible that, even though Brown's fictional version misleads in many ways, it at least serves to open up the possibility that the church's conventional version of Jesus may not do him justice?"

Various Sources, 07.05.06-10.05.06


Anonymous said...

GOd, is a wonderful God. And Dan Brown is just stupid to make something that is made up and fake. God created him.. and we should be seving and worshiping our one and only God. Dan Brown had no right to write all of that stupid, fake junk. The book the Da Vinci Code is a book that is bad for your mind and not real. it's fiction. God died on the cross to save our sins, and this is how you repay Him?
The strong Christian that loves our Lord and Master

the jester-in-exile said...

not everybody is pleased with edgardo ermita or archbishop arguelles.

my take on it as a filipino christian.

Greg Wright said...


Thanks for the input from a first-hand observer... And thanks for the link, too!

the jester-in-exile said...

you're welcome, greg. more disturbing news here in my country, though:

From a Click the City comment:

sadly, this movie will never be shown in lucena city, because the city councilors passed an ordinance banning the movie to endear themselves to the local churchmen.

- ramon talaga 5/5/2006 1:42:36 AM

and i thought the inquisition ended all those years ago.

Greg Wright said...

Wow. If that's confirmed to be true, that will be the first official municipal or regional ban.

I'm very sorry to hear that; but I'm hopeful that it's not actually true, since I haven't been able to track down any independent confirmation of that post.

Reporting is very inaccurate with respect to TDVC. I saw a headline today that read, "Code causes Riots in India." No riots, not at all. Just a story about that hunger strike.

So maybe this is just exaggeration, too. We can hope.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why Chritian and Catholic Churches are making such a big deal about this. They think that what is written in the Bible is what truly happened and that's it. But what if they are wrong? It happened over 1000 years ago, no-one is able to prove anything. So I think they should be a bit more open minded and look at the fatcs. Not at the Bible.

Greg Wright said...

I think the movie makes the anger a little bit more understandable. The movie goes so far as to suggest that the Church may have been the agressors rather than the Roman Empire. From a historical perspective, that's rather like suggesting that the Jews started the ruckus with Hitler. All nonsense.

Having said that, I still the think the proper response is to calmly point out where TDVC has it wrong.


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