Irreligious Seattle & The Da Vinci Code
Podcast (05/22/06): Segment 6

TKM DaVinciDan Browns "The Da Vinci Code." Does this book and movie threaten to overturn central elements of Christianity? What is the fact and fiction of it all? Our panel of Greg Wolfe, Heather Hawkins and Bryan Burton share their views on three essential questions: 1) Is "The Da Vinci Code." Anti-Christian? 2) Does it claim to be true? 3) Will it affect people's beliefs? Enjoy and tell a friend about "The Kindlings Muse."

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2 Responses to “Irreligious Seattle & The Da Vinci Code

Podcast (05/22/06): Segment 6

  1. Mike Dodaro says:

    Modernism is, or was, rationalistic, materialistic. In modern culture empirical truth is, or was, real. Postmodernism is disillusionment with the claims of the modern era. Now we have millions of people who enjoy the wealth scientific modernism has created yet sense the questions left unanswered by empirical analysis. There’s a bifurcation between facts and values. Things like art and virtue are too illusive for modern analysis, so they are castigated to the realm of “values”. A hundred fifty years ago romanticism was a reaction to this split. Too many atrocities have passed under the sun for romanticism to thrive anymore, and we are educated just enough to think we “know” that diversity proves moral relativism, which is our muddled theory that the truth is that there is no truth. Running with this theory, opportunistic writers and filmmakers create illusions that claim to be true even if they didn’t happen, if I can insult Chief Broom in this context. Sometimes, real artists do find metaphors that are true, even if they didn’t happen. The opportunists cheat. They contrive illusions that only work on people who want to be deceived. The heart of this matter is distinguishing art from propaganda. Finding examples of the fabricators is easy. The names of Oliver Stone, Michael Moore, and Dan Brown jump right up for their awards. It takes longer to sort out the metaphors that are true even if things didn’t go quite the way the story says they did. The Jesus Seminar is another bunch of artificers. They’re better than Dan Brown with his pseudo code, but because the audience is so unsophisticated, they are not getting as filthy rich. At a performance of the Jesus seminar, scholars puts black balls and white balls in a little box, like fraternity boys rushing or dinging potential pledges, against an artifact that has despite their investigations proved its worth for all time. Their musings and Dan Brown’s story won’t last out the decade. But time is not the only test. Some things are so good that they couldn’t have been written by committee. Dan Brown and the Jesus seminar notwithstanding, the canonical Gospels are in that category.

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