Thursday, May 25, 2006

Christians Painted Falsely In Da Vinci Code Reactions

It's sad how reporters, and wanna-be reporters, look for stories and then blow them up represent a group as a whole. This is currently being done to Christians of all flavors in the story of how they/we are responding to the movie, The Da Vinci Code.

I did a search for "anti da vinci" in Google, and these stories came up in their news section. The tops story (at the time of my search) about Da Vinci spam hitting email boxes isn't about Christians being misrepresented -- it's about someone claiming to offer a free copy of the Dan Brown book (I receive this spam every day -- no big deal) -- but the following stories do speak to the problem.

Yes, some Christian groups are boycotting, marching against, writing against, etc. the film's themes. They have every right to do so. But, poor and even misleading journalism is leading people to believe that the majority of Christians are embracing these tactics against the film. This simply isn't true.

Fortunately, some journalists are writing about how Christians are embracing the opportunities this film offers. Films such as The Da Vinci Code produce opportunities to talk about the controversial themes of the movie with people who are not Christians. People talk about it at work, at gatherings, between families members, and in other places. But ... if Christians are not prepared to engage in these discussions, then the opportunity will be lost.

I've told you, my little, but loyal audience, that I work for the magazine publisher Christianity Today. We do publish 13 publications, but that's not all. Here's a sampling (including CTI's resources) that can assist Christians is preparing themselves for the conversations that are still happening everywhere about the themes of this film:


The Truth about Da Vinci
5 Big Questions from The Da Vinci Code (CTI)
Moody Bible Institute
ChristianityTodayMovies.com (CTI)
Christian History & Biography (CTI)
WebTruth.org
PreachingToday.com's Resources (CTI)
ChristianityTodayCourses.com (CTI)

There are many more resources out there. but this will get you started if you want to learn more about truths within the discussion of The Da Vinci Code.


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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are a lot of great articles, downloads, sermon helps, Bible studies, and other resources at SperoForum.com

Here are a few of those specific links:

Collection of Links
http://www.speroforum.com/site/full.asp?id=3&title=The+Da+Vinci+Code+and+Opus+Dei

Is the movie any good? Our FREE review reveals all
http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?idCategory=31&idsub=115&id=3639

Da Vinci Wiki
http://www.speroforum.com/wiki/default.aspx/SperoWiki/DaVinciCode.html

More on The Da Vinci Code
http://www.google.com/search?q=%22Da+vinci%22+site%3Asperoforum.com

8:32 AM  
Blogger M. Joseph said...

Thanks for the links! There sure are a lot of resources out there for people to use in strengthening up their knowledge of their own faith.

These are some useful links, especially that first one. It'll definitely help people better understand this discussion.

I keep hearing about Christians who are confused about the themes of this film, and it makes me sad because all they need to do is intentionally study the areas in which they feel weak.

Spero is citizen journalist run, but they do have some great resources to help people -- along with their parent blog/owner, Bene Diction Blog.

Thanks again, and please keep commenting. We need to keep this conversation going, and adding to the conversation helps!

Best,
Mike

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Clinton Gillespie said...

Mike,

Bene Diction isn't the owner nor the parent of Spero News. Check your facts. I already e-mailed you explaining this. Call me again if you still don't understand.

Would you mind sharing the IP address of the person who posted those links?

Kindest regards,
Clinton Gillespie
Publisher

FYI:

Editor and co-Publisher
Robert Duncan
You can view his weblog on Spero News.

Assistant Editor
Bene Diction

1:59 PM  
Blogger M. Joseph said...

correction: The Bene Diction Blog does not own Spero News. But I, on the other hand, do own the kudos I wrote about Spero and Benediction, and they are still true.

3:26 PM  

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