Mark Shea is saving Ireland…

Mark Shea is saving Ireland… from The Da Vinci Code.

From Day 4 of his Ireland journal:

More TV and radio interviews yesterday. One sympathetic and a couple more asking the tired question, “Isn’t it just fiction?” I proposed a fictional film in which all the homosexuals in the world were engaged in a vast conspiracy to destroy Western Civilization.

“That would be offensive.”

No duh.

The *only* time people fall for this notion that a fictional story which goes out of its way to malign and defame a billion people is “just fiction” is when it bashes Christians. The only time such people believe it will have absolutely no effect on what people think is with the Da Vinci Code. Try making a modern fictional film in which blacks are all watermelon-eating Stepin Fetchit dunces, or Jews are all conniving lechers and you will (rightly) get a storm of protest because these lies are pernicious and do real damage. But declare Christians the suckers of a 2000 year old Vatican conspiracy of murder and lies in the service of “the greatest coverup of all time”, blaspheme Jesus and call all Christians fools for believing in him: that’s just fiction.

And the most galling aspect? It’s “courageous” to say this. As if Christians are going to bomb the office of Sony or issue a fatwa against Ron Howard.


Other than that, Ireland is lovely. In fact, a young girl (maybe 14) came up to me my first night and said, “I brought me friend because she believes the DVC. After your talk, she doesn’t believe it anymore.” If I accomplish nothing else, I go home content with that.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • Joel Buursma

    Not only is the subject matter inherently offensive even if just fiction, but as this article points out, Dan Brown breaks the literary rules of differentiating between fiction and history.