Da Vinci Hysteria: CW Reader Reactions.

My blog about Evangelical Childlike Hysteria & The Da Vinci Code generated interesting reactions and a wide range of views, some held very passionately¢â‚¬¦I posted a sampling today for your interest (see below)

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And Now: Da Vinci Hysteria: CW Reader Reactions.


Thank you once again for commenting on the lack of relevant discourse in the evangelical community. I find the comments by the CT editor telling (“We are not suggesting . . .”) because the real problem facing the Christian Community is how devalued true Community has become. There was a recent report that an increasing number of supposed believers who see no value in gathering with fellow believers in Community. The damage that is occurring due to a lack of fellowship is far greater than some Ron Howard movie. I could care less about this stupid book/movie, but I do care that the people that I sit next to in the pews at Church don’t care about uplifting each other. Thanks again for exposing how silly all of this Da Vinci mess is.

As a subscriber and an evangelical, I considered Mr. Staub’s column today unnecessarily condescending toward evangelicals. To me, it proved to be more off-putting than instructive or enlightening. Is this how we are to treat brothers and sisters in Christ? The panic he attributes to one stream of Christianity is really better defined as a concern and it is running through more streams of Christianity than just evangelicalism, however that’s defined.

I agree with you. I appreciate your views on our culture. I also think that we could use more independently thinking Christians. I hope someday to be a movie screenwriter/producer, so I take great interest in what is going on in the world of cinema. One thing that I would like to point out is that it is probably not best to see the DA VINCI CODE opening week (unless you are a movie critic) simply due to the fact that a movies success is judge by how much money it brings in on opening week-end. While I don’t think this movie poses a serious threat to Christianity, Hollywood might see the success of this film as a reason to make more semi-sacrilegious films. Keep up the good work…

Nanny state”? “Panicky hullabaloo”? Did you ever stop to think why these things (to whatever degree they might be true) even exist? I bet you do but I don’t think you understand. It’s not because there are a few exceedingly smart religious types like yourself writing columns for themselves. It’s because the vast majority of so-called Christians don’t read, don’t get out of their La-Z-Boys, don’t see themselves as addicted to America, and don’t make or want to make waves in today’s secular, devil-may-care (but I don’t) culture. Do you happen to remember “all we, like sheep”? In case you missed it, it says “ALL WE”! The Da Vinci code movie is what it is, not what you or I want it to be. I’m not Roman Catholic but I’m with the Pope this time. He says we ought to name the sin. The movie is not “an opportunity” or “a talking point.” It’s sin. It suggests that something else besides life as described in the Holy Bible is true and (are you ready?) MOST CHURCH PEOPLE ARE TOO IGNORANT TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE! Casual conversation around the water cooler about the Red Sox, Mayor Mumbles, and “hey, that Da Vinci movie is really lame” won’t cut it. We need solid teaching which takes time and commitment, not silly tittering which comes and goes in a whisper. I have worshipped in the Episcopal Church for the last 20+ years. I have experienced first hand what it is like to have a bishop sound like a Buddhist. Yes, we are all sinners. Yes, we need transformation. Yes, as the Veggie Tales characters sing, God IS bigger than the boogey man. Yes, we need to be bold and humbly confident when we speak the word of God to anyone, believer or not. But suggesting that most church people can carry on an effective, Christ-like conversation about the Da Vinci Code or so many other contemporary topics is like asking someone to do a tune up on your car without any tools. First things first. Hey, that would make a great name for a magazine, don’t you think?
With respectful anger, Paul

Dear Dick,
Once again, you nailed it! If you’re in the area anytime soon… let me know. We’ll go see “The Code” together! By the way… if you rearrange the letters “TOM HANKS” you can spell, “MOTSHANK”. I don’t know what that means…. but it worries me. Your brother in our Lord, God and Saviour, Jesus Christ,

I read your column with interest about once a week, and boy am I encouraged and quickened by what I read today. I stand with you. I am convicted, because I have not read the DaVinci Code. Perhaps I will. My rationale for not doing so: frankly because I did not wish to enter the debate; lack of courage, energy..and so on Would that I continue to risk to engage my culture, confident in the weight and Truth of the gospel. I especially do not want to sit aloof waiting for Dr. Dobson to tell me what to do next. To God be the glory. May you be strengthened and encouraged today. Yours.

I’ve written you before. You article caught my attention, because anything that would cause you almost drive into a ditch is probably note worthy. I am a senior pastor at an arts centered church and our challenge is always the fine line between relevance and a departure from holiness. We do need to be informed. I have home schooled my children and insisted on both of them learning the “theory” of evolution and Greek mythology, even though these are things that on varying levels are at odds with my core beliefs as a Christian and my worldview. I want my children to be skilled at apologetics. We need to be informed, but how much of the information do we eat without contaminating ourselves. It’s a fine line, especially for our children who are very impressionable. I believe that the secular media knows that the key to controlling our children’s habits as consumers is to indoctrinate them early. This is the dilemma. What do you suggest? Sincerely,

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

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