Who’s protesting The Da Vinci Code?

The intro to Entertainment Weekly‘s cover story on The Da Vinci Code includes this curious sentence: “Some offended Evangelicals are planning protests and boycotts, but so far, most major Catholic organizations have been quiet.”

Take out the word “organizations”, and my impression has been rather the opposite, actually. I interviewed several people recently for stories on Christian responses to The Da Vinci Code, and among my admittedly small sampling, it seemed to me that evangelicals were, if anything, bending over backwards to “engage” in “dialogue” with the popular culture and to appear “with it” and so on, while Catholics were a little more, um, pointed in their criticisms.

I mean, compare the websites Da Vinci Outreach, which features several Catholic writers and calls the film “spiritual poison” among other things, and The Da Vinci Dialogue, which features mostly evangelical writers, and encourages Christians to see the film for the purposes of “dialogue” etc. — and which just happens to be funded by the studio that is producing The Da Vinci Code!

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11340006144797496514 RC

    I completly agree with you! I have noticed the same thing…

    Evangelicals seems ready to dialogue and be aware…not create massive boycott campaigns.

    Travis Avenue Baptist Church has just begun a sermon series called “Cracking the Da Vinci Code” it’s a 3 parter, and the text are online…so far only the 1st sermon has been taught…

    here’s the link to the website to get the sermon texts:

    http://www.travis.org/index.cfm?action=OnlineSermons&Category;=38

    –RC of strangeculture.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15729167937433295927 Geosomin

    Um…am I alone in thinking that I don’t really care if Jesus would have married or had a child? I really don’t see how it would affect anything really truly important when it comes right down to it. If anything it would make Him relate better to us on even more levels.

    I found the book interesting (I have a thing for codes and anagrams) and thought it would inspire intelligent conversation and questioning dialogue. Seems like a good thing to me…I mean, it’s *fiction*. There’s a lot of theories bandying about Mary and the holy grail and a lot of them are interesting, but I just don’t see what all the fuss is about myself. I look forward to the movie, and I enjoyed the book.

  • Thom

    Well, I don’t think there is anything inherently evil about Jesus getting married, or that it would have been in the realm of “Impossible”. But I have no historical reason to believe it. And Brown turns the idea into a dirty secret that would destroy the Church.

    So know, my faith does not require a single Jesus, but I have no reason to believe He *was* married.


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