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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Just A Thought (Rachelle)

As the movie version of The Da Vinci Code prepares to open, the controversy surrounding it has people talking. I've read articles on blogs and in magazines about why Christians should and should not read the book/see the movie. Until today, I was confident in my decision to skip the book (and probably the movie). I had read Dan Brown's Angels and Demons, which is similar in the riveting, page-turning action and the convoluted picture of Christianity portrayed. I could see why those not grounded in faith, doctrine, and church history could be easily confused. I didn't see the need to read another Dan Brown novel.

However, today I had the opportunity to comment for the local newspaper on the book and its theology. And I couldn't. I wasn't prepared. I hadn't read the material and had nothing authoritative to say.

Of course there is a line to what we take into our mind (Do we watch porn so we can speak about it authoritatively? No.) . But I found myself reminded of one the best reasons we should encourage the higher education of Christians: If you want to fight on the front lines of the culture war (or even be in the battle), you have to know what you are fighting. We have to be ready to give an answer "in season or out of season." Sometimes you can just share the Gospel, but often your conversations start on the world around you, a book, a movie, a play. If you haven't read Nietsche, or Marx, or Darwin or Dan Brown, you can't discuss them intelligently with a seeker. You never know when your chance may come.

10 Comments:

  • At 6:16 PM, Blogger Mike Spreng said…

    I agree, to some extent. The problem is that too much of this "examination" of the unbelieving culture can drain even the most godly person (Prov.7:26)and gnaw at our spiritual well-being.

     
  • At 10:30 AM, Blogger Monica said…

    On a practical note, can you recommend a resource that deconstructs Brown's fairy tale? I've come across a few (secular) articles that debunk his stuff from a historical perspective, but nothing that goes step by step through his books.

     
  • At 11:20 AM, Blogger Ben, Kyri & Rachelle said…

    I've not personally read either of these but I would check out "The DaVinci Hoax" by Carl E. Olson and Sandra Miesel (www.davincihoax.com) and/or "Cracking DaVinci's Code" by James L. Garlow and Peter Jones (www.CrackingDaVincisCode.com). You could also search Christianity Today's website (www.christianitytoday.com) for recent articles on the topic. -rlr

     
  • At 11:40 AM, Blogger prairie girl said…

    Westminster seminary has launched a helpful website to counter the false teachings in the DaVinci code. Here is the address:

    http://www.thetruthaboutdavinci.com/

     
  • At 7:29 PM, Blogger Mike Spreng said…

    Thanks, Prairie Girl. I was just going to look for something on that.

     
  • At 9:39 AM, Blogger Ben, Kyri & Rachelle said…

    Check out this website: http://www.thedavincidialogue.com/.

     
  • At 9:09 AM, Blogger Capitalist said…

    Mike
    How do you know that the bible is true? How do you know that the MEN wrote the bible were God inspired? Your were not there were you? Someone told you that the bible writings were God inspired. Someone told you that everthing in the bible was true. You do not know for sure that what your parents and pastors told you is anymore true that what the author on the DaVinci Code says. You have to go by faith. When I hear things like God put it in my heart or pray that God will change your heart is sounds more like manipulation than faith.

     
  • At 9:45 PM, Blogger Mike Spreng said…

    Capitalist,

    I know the Davinci code is not true becaue it offers no prophetic source of authority. The Bible is a revelation from the Prophets and God himself. Of course, you can't "know" that, epistemologically speaking, but you can know that through faith. It sounds like you don't have this faith. Why don't you let God "manipulate" your heart so that you can?

     
  • At 1:30 AM, Blogger Kristie said…

    I didn't read it, due to being busy with other things...but I don't think reading it or looking at a book refuting it would be draining necessarily. It's just one potboiler of a book. I've heard many of the arguments in the book are pretty weak. I think if you are in a situation, like on a campus or the workplace...you should prepare yourself just a little. I heard people talking about the movie at the gym the other day. You never know.

    Students involved with Campus Crusade here at Cal Poly Pomona did an outreach this past week where they passed out Josh McDowell's book. It was a pretty simple outreach. Passing out books. Having conversations. The interesting part was that people were taking the books with eagerness, and you could see students sitting around on campus reading the books, carrying them with their other books...etc. The secular media actually helped make people open to reading about it. It also opened doors for Christian students to share their faith with unbelievers and lead a couple of them to Christ.

    And there's another good reason to think about going to a secular college!!!

     
  • At 8:16 PM, Blogger TulipGirl said…

    Off topic. . . You college girls have been pretty quiet lately. . .

     

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