Monday, May 15, 2006

Hysteria

Da Vinci Code movie a target for US evangelicals.

I don't understand why there are people coming out of the woodwork over The Da Vinci Code. The book is fiction. If your religion and belief system is so fragile that it can be torn down by the movie adaptation of what is basically a pulp novel starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tatou then I suggest you seek and subscribe to a higher truth.

23 Comments:

Blogger GayProf said...

Eh -- If it keeps the creepy evangelicals off gay men's backs for awhile, let them protest. We could use the breather.

12:46 AM  
Blogger Jihadist Jerry said...

You is super smart Mr. Krebs boy!

12:52 AM  
Blogger tornwordo said...

Your fiction conflicts with my fiction; hands off my fiction! (snicker)

6:06 AM  
Blogger Bruce said...

THANK YOU Adadm! I was just saying that last night when I saw some feature on the evening news about how churches are getting upset over this movie. HELLO it's a work of FICTION...where was all this hype when the book came out? I mean I know there was some controversy and all but Jesus (no pun intended) it's FICTION! or is it???

Is religion so shaky that a FICTIONal movie is going to make the church lose their congregations. HELL if priest molesting young boys kept the people in the pews I doubt this piece of FICTION will make the question their faith.

I love the comment by tornwordo!

6:31 AM  
Blogger Seeker Onos said...

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee : because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3

Point well made, Adam... Some folks get too bent out of shape over things like this. I can understand why they do, however. It is never easy for people to watch others drag the name of thier gods through the ringer of criticism: consider all those Muslims that were very close to violence over the Muhammad cartoons. (By comparison, the Christian outcry over this film is relatively tame).

Truth is always truth though: there are so many other "heretical works" that deny the deity of Christ, or suppose that he "this thing" or "that thing" that defies what scripture says he did.

Those who have the truth... should not get too bent out of shape over obvious "works of fiction".

8:17 AM  
Blogger Bruce said...

I just want to say I spelt Adam's name wrong in my first post...I was thanking Adam not Adadm...

8:46 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

I find it interesting that the controversy is ten-fold over the film vs. the book. Curious. I guess they don't realize that it will only make people want to go see it, not the other way around.
I guess they don't want their blind sheep to begin questioning any of the hogwash they've been spoon feeding them over the years.

9:18 AM  
Blogger Spider said...

NO ONE can question, no one can think, no one can dissent...

Is that the Republican Party mantra or the Nazi's, I never can remember...

9:23 AM  
Blogger Kalvin said...

This reminds me about the stuff regarding the play Corpus Christi (you know, the play where Jesus is gay and so are his disciples). They actually were boycotting the movie (I received an email from my brother, why? I have no idea) saying how vile and awful it was, and it wasn't even being made! And I agree with you on the fiction bit. But everyone I've talked to that read that book doesn't think of it as fiction...

10:08 AM  
Blogger Adam said...

Kalvin. I wonder what the percentage of people who don't think The DaVC is fiction also believe the bible is a factual account of history? I'd like to see a Venn diagram on that one.

10:19 AM  
Blogger Bruce said...

Is that V as in Vicious?

Actually the church maybe viewing this has bad business towards them but the Louvre and several other touristy type places are revelling in the success of book and soon to be success of the movie...Right now the Louvre is hotter than Disney World! Seriously.

11:44 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

When I see the churches condemning this movie and making an uproar, I think why? If you have nothing to hide, or are quite secure in your faith (which that is ALL church is - a faith) what is the problem about a fictional movie? It just makes the churches look that much more unstable. The best is what I read this morning:

Poupard is the Vatican's highest authority on cultural issues after the Pope.

"This is a shocking and worrying cultural phenomenon that reflects, on the one hand, the ignorance of millions of people and, on the other, the voluptuous pleasure the media take in promoting products that have nothing to do with the truth," the French-born cardinal, 75, told the Paris radio station.

"What I'm concerned about is that decent people who do not have the proper religious education will take this nonsense for the real thing," said the cardinal, who has headed the Pontifical Council for Culture since 1988.

Asked if he would go see the film, Poupard said: "I don't plan to, because life is short and I have a lot of things to do. I have so many friends who have described this nonsense to me that I don't have time for that."

All I can say is this:
"what can be asserted without evidence, can also be dismissed without evidence."

12:13 PM  
Blogger Ariel1980 said...

I suppose protesting that movie would be akin to myself protesting, say...The Passion of the Christ, which I have never seen, and then declaring that I believe it is anti-semitic. What hooey.

And Spider was so correct: "Ordnung must sein!"

3:51 PM  
Blogger Sunshine said...

Well said. I reckon if people are precious about their religion being debated, it just goes to show they know how fragile their faith (or whatever you call it) is.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Hypoxic said...

The churches are afraid of the success of this book - and becasue it will reach more people, the success of the movie. And well they should.

The book, even though a work of fiction, provides something of an alternative twist to the doctrine taught by the Christian Churches over the ages.

It may lead people to question the basic tenets of Christianity. Question their faith and their beliefs.

What if Jesus was just a man and not the Son of God? What if he had sex and fathered children? What if he didn't die on the cross? And more importantly, what if he didn't rise from the dead. All of Christianity is based on that last point. If that's not true, than perhaps our own immortality isn't true either.

Anything that may lead man to think and question what we have been repeatedly told we must accept solely on faith - would have to trouble the churches. Their very existence - their power, influence, and revenue - depend on the very shaky foundation of faith. When man starts to question faith - the churches will begin to crumble. And somewhere along the way, the next great religion will be born.

6:26 PM  
Blogger The Persian said...

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7:29 PM  
Blogger The Persian said...

I loved the book, read it in two sittings, completely riveted. I suppose it might have been the historical aspect which drew me in at first. It is fiction of course, however (and THIS is the clincher) there are historical accuracies which could lead people to think (perhaps "too much"). Honestly dismissing it as merely a ficticious piece of fantasy does the author a great injustice. There are plenty of competent studies on the life of Christ utilizing primary source materials which I bet would make you look at this a bit differently.

7:31 PM  
Blogger Seeker Onos said...

What it all boils down to... is power.

I find this whole thing rather humourous... I've noticed that it is the Roman Catholic Church that seems to be the most visibly upset over this "DaVinci Code".

Which is fitting, since the RC Church is arguably one of the most powerful church/organizations in existence.

No group of elites will easily give up its power (either real or perceived).

Those who truely hold to the beliefs in Christ, that He is the Son of God, risen from the dead, and that He is both Judge and Redeemer - will have no problems with the "DaVinci Code"... for thier God is one who is Soveriegn, and is the author of all power.

True Christians will not fear any "loss of power", because by themselves, they have no power... Christ is thier power.

Self-edit: this thing ran a bit long, so I've made an entry on my blog to fill up all the space.

I don't want to steal too much of Adam's space for this - so if you care to read it, ya know where to clickie.

12:24 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Amen to that, Adam! Some people just arent happy uless they can bitch about something.

8:12 AM  
Blogger Jimmi said...

Well Said Adam!
Well when the movie premiers lets see if Rev. Fred Phelps is out front Roman's Chinese Theater with "GOD HATES DAVINCHI" and "TOM HANKS IS AN ABONINATION" signs! Then we will know this has received true religious protest! I have a code for the born again Christian criers, its in between my forefinger and me ring finger.... Break that code bitches!

12:27 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

Jimmi- You're so harsh LOL

To me, if the religious-right is so consumed with their followers jumping ship over a work of fiction, maybe the book/movie is getting people to question things a little more; nothing wrong with that.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Bruce said...

Jimmi...you may just see him or his follower's there...I mean after Tom Hanks did play a gay guy in Philadelphia so by that association alone connects him to Phelps' organization.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

The whole idea about having faith is not having to prove what you believe exists. You would think this would make these fundamentalists a little more quiet...!

4:11 PM  

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