It’s good to question

Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe (John 20:19-29).

That is one verse that is harder and harder to live by these days.

Being one of the gullible, dim and sadly wayward Christians – if I can still claim that affiliation not having gone to church or picked up the bible in more than 18 years – who thought the Da Vinci Code was one of the most intriguing works of fiction ever written about my faith, this is exactly why I still think the book is worth a read.

Excerpting…

In fact, Brown's conspiracy theories can be portals to knowledge. Before "The Da Vinci Code," the general public had little interest in the legitimate historic actors and events Brown mangles and misconstrues, including the Council of Nicea in 325 and medieval phenomena such as the Priory of Sion, the Knights Templar and quests for the Holy Grail. Numerous books and Web sites about them have been produced since the novel's publication in 2003. Just as Brown captures readers by convincing them they're hearing a dangerous truth, these works are especially exciting as they reveal the truth Brown won't tell us.

Nevertheless, truth is a complicated matter. Although unacquainted with facts, "The Da Vinci Code" has become a phenomenon because it encompasses so many larger truths…

At a time when most writers confront "small" ideas — often an individual's search for self-understanding — Brown's book satisfies our hunger for big ideas. At play is nothing less than the greatest story ever told.

Perhaps what is so scary to the faithful, is if the Da Vinci Code will drive the 20 million or so dim-witted half-Christians who have bought and read the book to apostasy. The irony is while we believe this book and movie to be nothing more than silly fiction, we are still afraid of its impact that we have congregated by the millions to protest against it.

Love it or hate it, it raises one important question: Is it so wrong to question what we think we know about Jesus, God, His word and the church, even if it is prompted by popular culture? Is our faith so shaky that it will not withstand worldwide scrutiny?

At best, the book makes Christians strong in their belief stronger.

At worst, it will prompt those of us in doubt to search harder for the truth.

Thing is, those of us who find it hard to believe but still do even when we have not seen, are protecting our right to WANT to see. Blind faith isn't the only kind of faith worth having.

Or is it?

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2 Comments »

  1. carrien said

    Hi I found you via Close Second. Couldn’t resist commenting that though I am I Christian I didn’t find the Content of Da Vinci Code that offensive however erroneus. Dan Brown is not the first to write such things, in fact Umberto Eco is much more interesting and and complex and deals with similar historical fictions and questions in much more interesting ways. What I object to about his book is how monotonous it is to read. He has only one or two writing techniques that he uses endlessly until I want to snore and the relentless foreshadowing in an attempt to keep us interested enough to read through all of the awkward dialogue he has to include to try and teach his theory made me scream. (Did you notice he ended several chapters the EXACT SAME WAY? I am so puzzled by the people who love the book, it can’t be for the writing, it must be for the scandal. But it’s not all that scandalous, just old ideas redredged.

    On a totally different note, I enjoyed skimming your blog. and I would have loved ginger chicken after giving birth.

  2. Yes I think the scandal is why people have gobbled the book up and a lot of us, as obediently ignorant Christians who don’t really have any interest in theology beyond the Good Book before the DVC, have never read any other similar texts, fiction or otherwise.

    Brown’s simplistic ‘Sydney Sheldon’ storytelling methods that makes DVC that guilty pleasure of a trashy novel so many of us read in secret is irrelevant. And yet, both Sheldon and Brown appeal to the simple reading masses, for better or worse, and that is why this book is considered dangerous. The ‘what ifs’ it raises to non-believers and half-believers and erstwhile believers.

    If nothing else, it has made millions of readers more interested in theology!

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