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!