Friday, April 21, 2006

Da Vinci Challenge and Jesus Decoded

With the coming of film version of "The Da Vinci Code" in May, you might like to check out a couple of web sites for information and Christian responses to the issues the novel raises.

An essay that I wrote has just been posted on and there are other wonderful essays by John Allen, Msgr. Frank Maniscalco and others from various Christian communities. Mine is called "Jesus, DaVinci and Cherrios" and asks what it would mean to me as a woman religious if Jesus had been married. There is also a space for you to add your comments to any and all of the essays.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops also has a web site called; there are several articles about aspects of the novel as well as a trailer for a DVD that the USCCB is producing for release when the film opens.

If you are undecided about reading the novel or seeing the movie, I would like to suggest that if you have family, friends and co-workers who know you are a believer and may ask your opinion of the novel or film, and the Jesus the story advocates, it would be a good idea to read/see it so that you can speak to the issues from a position of informed experience. This is especially so if you are an "opinion leader" in your faith community. When people ask us what we think, and we are prepared, it will be a wonderful opportunity to share about who Jesus is and what faith in Jesus means.

Another reason I suggest that believers read/see TDVC is not to add to Dan Brown's coffers (which would be a passive position), but to be able to engage in conversation and dialogue with people who may not share our faith - in credible and relevant ways (an active position). This is an opportuntiy for believers to co-opt this pop culture phenomenon and turn TDVC's premise to an encounter with the real Jesus - through us.

45 millions copies of the book have been sold and people are asking meaningful questions. Let us be prepared to offer meaningful responses and build bridges between (pop) culture and faith.

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