In May, one of the most popular books of all time will hit the big screens across the world. The Da Vinci Code, a fictional novel by Dan Brown which has sold more than 36 million copies worldwide, will feature Oscar-winning megastar Tom Hanks in the lead role. It is expected to draw millions to the theatre.
Many Christians are concerned and for good reason as the novel issues outrageous claims that challenge the bedrock of the Christian faith – that is Jesus was a mere man; he married Mary Magdalene; they had a daughter named Sarah and their descendants are well and alive to this day. Additionally, this “secret” was kept alive by a secret society that was patronised by 15th century Italian painter Leonardo da Vinci who left clues of the “secret” in his painting, The Last Supper. These are the main elements that the story revolves around but there are many more shocking and scandalous claims targeted at the Christian faith and the Church.
The book is a fiction. Yet in an introductory note, Brown claims, "All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate."
Are we, Christians, ready to respond to questions raised by those who are confused or whose faith is challenged as a result of reading the novel? Can the Church engage meaningfully and intelligently with others?
For more details, please check out the forthcoming issue of Berita NECF March/April Issue or click on the following links: