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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

This picture makes me feel old

Of course, I was perhaps a couple years out of high school when Big was released.

(It's not that I don't have something to say about immigration, but it's been a constant political quagmire, mysteriously looming large only of late. I'm clearly the only person not to have registered my thoughts on the topic on the internet in the last week.)

Blogger Sloanasaurus said...

Sadly, I was unable to get through chapter 1 of the Da Vinci code.

Neverhteless, I am a little flabberghasted by all the criticism of the movie. It is...only a movie. Who cares about all the idiots who may believe that it is true. They are harmless in their idiot beliefs. After all, there are still vast numbers who think Sept 11 was a Jewish plot.

12:20 AM, May 17, 2006  
Blogger festivus said...

I found it to be a fascinating story, but that's it - it's a story. There's certainly a huge marketing advantage in basing this very loosely on historical fact and interweaving fiction where appropriate to make the story interesting.

I keep hearing that this book 'shook' someone's faith, or turned them away from the church. In my opinion, a faith that can be shaken by a novel isn't much of a faith at all.

It's just a story, folks, a best selling and generally great one, but it's just a story. Let's move on - nothing to see here.

8:55 AM, May 17, 2006  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

I did read the book, as it was a gift from my mother-in-law a year and a half ago, and enjoyed it as a story. I have been unable to get very far into other books by Dan Brown however, as his plots drip with liberal philosophy such as global warming and the evil nature of guns.

These Christianity revisionist authors definitely tend toward the left. I just finished a similar work of fiction, The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry wherein the heros use dart guns and are either atheist, agnostic or Muslim. Heck, even the Templar Brothers don't believe in a hereafter.

This genre seems to have sprung to life following the Da Vinci Code. Say, let's get to work on a few good spy novels, eh?

11:30 AM, May 17, 2006  
Blogger Sloanasaurus said...

I could understand the controversy if scientific or documentory evidence cast doubt on the gospels. These things would really be problematic and make people question their faith. However, that a made-up story is causing controversy is ridiculous. I suppose it's worth while to complain only to make sure that the media doesn't try to spin the made-up story as being true.

Perhaps Dan Rather should do a special on it. He is an expert at making truth out of fiction.

1:32 PM, May 17, 2006  
Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

Part of the problem is just how ignorant many Christians are regarding Christianity. For instance, the Gospels of Thomas and Judas are real historical documents. They are not part of the Bible because the early church believed they were heretical (as does the Church today). But many, if not most, Christians have no idea that there are all sorts of ancient Christian related documents which are not part of the Bible - that some "made it in" and some did not. So when the Da Vinci code "reveals" the existence of the Gospel of Thomas, since this existence is not fiction, it shakes their faith.

2:16 PM, May 17, 2006  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

Hmm. It must have been 2 and 1/2 years ago that I received it as a gift. A year and a 1/2 ago I would have received something like a lump of coal. Not that it is relevant to the discussion.

3:39 PM, May 18, 2006  
Blogger Sloanasaurus said...

Do tell......

4:12 PM, May 18, 2006  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

Naw, it would sound like a bad country music song. Let's talk about something fun, like immigration.

8:03 AM, May 19, 2006  

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