The ‘DaVinci Code’ Problem
Fact or fiction?
Although Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code (from here on, DVC) is one of the best-selling books in the nation, it is now attracting controversies. Why? Because this famous book is under the works of being produced into a movie, and people are protesting against this.
First of all, let me be the first to say that this book is fiction and is meant to entertain. It does not hold the truths to the Bible or to the teachings of the Church. Or to any religion for that matter. Why? Because I have watched a documentary of Dan Brown some time long ago (I forgot on which channel). This book, he says, is merely his views and interpretations of the Bible (according to that documentary). He states that he isn’t forcing anyone to believe what he believes. It is just what he thinks about the Bible. Nothing more.
For me, personally, I think people shouldn’t take this book seriously. It’s just fiction, and definitely not reality!
Perhaps one of the most debated problems from the book is Jesus’ relationship with Mary Magdalene. According to the protesters, they think that Dan Brown portrays Jesus and Mary Magdalene in an “impure manner and the Church as having duped the world for the last 2,000 years. To attack the purity and divinity of Our Lord is a blasphemy…” (quote taken from a flyer for this protest). By just reading this statement, it makes me think that Brown portrays Jesus and Mary M. as sexual lovers. Now, I haven’t set aside some time to read this book yet, but I will later. And once I do, I’ll give my two cents about it some time in the future on my blog if anyone is interested…
Since I’m a college student going to a liberal arts school, I’ve been giving a course-load of philosophy and theology classes. I have also learned about and been exposed to the various cultures and religions from around the world. And I’d like to say that sure, the Bible, seems contradictory in some of the passages. However, it does not mean that the Bible is telling lies about reality and the events that had happened. (Traditionally known, the words of the Bible are guided by the Holy Spirit, and it is God’s Word.) Some of the stories, for example, are metaphors. Thus, the interpretation of the Bible is two-fold: literal and figurative. For example, “the right hand of God” can mean exactly what it is: the right hand of God. Or, it can symbolize God’s infinite power. We have to note that each sentence in the Bible is written in this two-fold system… Unusual, but hey, we’ve been fighting about the merits and the credibility of the Bible for centuries. And Galileo wasn’t just the first one who tried to highlight this problem. In fact, Galileo wanted to merge science and religion!
Anyway, back to The DaVinci Code. Well, sort of. I have to add in that the last controversial movie was Mel Gibson’s Passion of Christ, when many viewers were saying how the movie did not accurately depict what the Bible says. Well, of course, films and movies NEVER really capture everything from books, especially the Bible accurately! For instance, some (or even most) die-hard Harry Potter fans were disappointed with the last Harry Potter movie in The Goblet of Fire, because there were too many things “missing” and were not included from the book. But taken separately, one can say that it was a pretty “exciting” movie. The same goes for The Passion of Christ. It earned itself an R-rating with its heavily vivid content, but the overall storyline did not change too much.
Therefore, whatever is written is never fully the same visually! Like Brown, Gibson mentioned that it is his own depiction of the “Passion of Jesus Christ.” It is evident in the first scene when Jesus was in the Garden of Gesthemane, when he crushes a white snake. For many interpreters, this can mean different things to different people. A sermon given by a priest interpreted that Jesus crushes the white snake to symbolize that he is crushing the evil and temptation of Satan. And to the fundamentalists, there was no snake at all mentioned in the Bible during this scene! So why show it? Well, it’s because it is made into a movie! Anything that is popular is made into a movie. Plus, we live the American Dream and we’re always looking for ways to may those greens and to live it up. I mean, it’s not impossible, right? We’ve not only turned books into movies, but also video games, plays, myths and legends (Cinderella, Hercules, etc.) and real-life events (Titanic, for example).
So, this is for the protesters: If you have read Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code and agree with what the other protesters are saying about the book, then you are invited to come to the events that are scheduled below:
1) Firing Back at ‘The DaVinci Code’ Saturday BBQ Luncheon Event
Lectures: The Blasphemous & Erroneous Content of ‘DVC’, The Impact of Protests: What They Are Saying, and The Local Action Plan.
When: Saturday, May 13th, 2006 from 11 AM to 3 PM
Where: Knights of Columbus Hall, 607 East Whitney Drive
Pre-Registration – $10 per person
Table Registrations (for 8) – $70 a table
Registrations at Check-In – $15 per person
Free to church clergy with Pre-Registration
Seating is limited. For more information, call 281-857-3164.
2) Protest Rallies
Sponsored by: The Greater Houston Area Protest
For more information on participation or the rallies in general, call 281-857-3164. You can also go to this website, which has a ton of other interesting links and information: http://www.geocities.com/honoriscausa1/.
As I mentioned before, I’m sometimes the last person to know things contrary to the public or popular media, etc., and so, it’s going to take me a while to read this book before I really understand this whole protest and controversy over this book.
However, my dear readers, you be the judge. I’ll leave the thinking to you.
The movie, though, is scheduled to come out May 19th, 2006. Stay tuned.
*Note: Photo courtesy of the Greater Houston Area Protest.