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Dealing with the Da Vinci Code movie

The long-awaited Da Vinci Code movie is out, and a lot of people have been turning purple and shouting “Blasphemy!”

It’s an understandable reaction, but I think a wrongheaded one. Going all purple in the face makes people think Dan Brown is somebody important, like Voltaire or Salman Rushdie.

No matter how many people have read the thing, The Da Vinci Code is just a silly novel. The impression we need to convey to the world is that Dan Brown has no effect on the confidence of a Christian. The truth was here before Dan Brown and will be here long after. That’s why I think the best thing to do with the book is laugh at it.

And don’t think Dan Brown isn’t in on the joke. Did you read the book? Did you notice that, in a novel saturated with anagrams, the keystone that unlocks the mystery of the Grail is located on a street called Haxo? It doesn’t take a cryptologist to unscramble that Junior Jumble.

Other writers have spent a lot of time refuting the novel’s fictional history point by point. (Once again, let me point out Fr. John Wauck’s admirable “Da Vinci Code Catechism,” which does the job quickly and charitably.) It has to be done, I suppose, but it’s not very entertaining. Those fish are too easy to shoot. I want a bigger barrel.

Anyway, point-by-point refutations always make the book seem more important than it is. I still think the best way to confront The Da Vinci Code is with amusement, not with anger.

Christianity is not in danger of smashing to bits because it ran up against a piece of fluff entertainment. No one should have the impression that we’re afraid of Dan Brown, who always looks in his photographs like the most harmless individual you could possibly meet. You can’t bring down a cathedral by throwing marshmallows at it. Our faith is a bit stronger than that.

2 Responses to “Dealing with the Da Vinci Code movie”

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