Thursday, May 18, 2006

Da Vinci Confusion

I've read about three-fourths of The Da Vinci Code. Unlike (apparently) most people who've read the book, I don't think it's all that well-written, and I've lost the motivation to finish it. I may not even go see the movie. But it saddens me that many people do not have even the little bit of Biblical/historical background that would help them see how much of The Da Vinci Code is simply untrue.

A good friend of mine has a blog that contains a lot of helpful information about The Da Vinci Code. If you want to know where Dan Brown is right and wrong, check this out:


rob said...

I thought the book was pretty good, actaully. But I guess that's why there's so many books out there for us to choose from!

PaulF said...

What most people don't know about me is that I had just finished reading "The Da Vinci Code" before I came to UPC.
I was further from God than at any point in my life and I had a book that validated what I had always thought about religion - And it didn't do any good. God will do as He pleases in spite of our best efforts to rebuff Him.

So I'm not worried at all about people reading this book or seeing the movie. If God can create that beautiful sunset (sunrise?) in the previous entry of yours, and if He can change the heart of a self-centered person like me in 17 days, then I think He can handle a book - no matter how well written.

And, I'm expecting a lot of people to come to Christ because of this book and movie - they just don't know it yet.

Mark Bates said...

Check out this review in the New York Times of the movie:
The author says the same thing about the writing of the book that you do. Here is his comment on Dan Brown's writing:
To their credit the director and his screenwriter, Akiva Goldsman (who collaborated with Mr. Howard on "Cinderella Man" and "A Beautiful Mind"), have streamlined Mr. Brown's story and refrained from trying to capture his, um, prose style. "Almost inconceivably, the gun into which she was now staring was clutched in the pale hand of an enormous albino with long white hair." Such language — note the exquisite "almost" and the fastidious tucking of the "which" after the preposition — can live only on the page.

Pretty funny.

Of course, this Sunday, I will be talking about it. Also, one of the better websites I have seen on the movie is It is produced by Westminster Theological Seminary.

Mike said...

Paulf - Great testimony! You are right, God can handle this book just fine, and so can the church. I thought the Orlando Sentinel did a good job this morning with its front page feature on "Da Vinci Code Movie: Blasphemy or Opportunity?" (see This is an opportunity for the church like no other that we've had in recent times. Why, just look at all the stuff now being published, blogged, preached, and talked about containing the gospel! There are many "paulf"s out there that God is pursuing, in spite of Satan's efforts to blind and deceive.