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2004-2006 The Da Vinci Code

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FIRST-PERSON: Should Christians see ‘Da Vinci’?

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--"The Da Vinci Code" has arrived in theatres, and Christian leaders offer various messages: “Don’t see the movie, since doing so places money in the pockets of the Hollywood elite and encourages them to make more movies of this sort;” “Go see the movie, since doing so gives you credibility for discussing with nonbelievers why the movie is gravely mistaken.”

FIRST-PERSON: What’s the attraction to ‘Da Vinci’?

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--The movie industry estimates that Ron Howard's film adaptation of Dan Brown's novel "The Da Vinci Code" pulled in over 77 million dollars in its opening weekend. Despite dozens of critical reviews released last week, and despite well-documented and obvious flaws in the story's logic and history, Americans saw the film in record-breaking numbers.

FIRST-PERSON: The Da Vinci Code is fiction

EVANS, Ga. (BP)--"The Da Vinci Code" is fiction. It was meant to be fiction, but the world has picked up on it and is ascribing truth to it.

FIRST-PERSON: 10 questions to ask about ‘The Da Vinci Code’

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--“Almost everything our fathers taught us about Christ is false.”

FIRST-PERSON: Who selected the books in the New Testament?

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--"More than eighty gospels were considered for the New Testament, and yet only a relative few were chosen for inclusion -- Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John among them.... The Bible, as we know it today, was collated by the pagan Roman emperor Constantine the Great ... [who] omitted those gospels that spoke of Christ’s human traits and embellished those gospels that made Him godlike. The earlier gospels were outlawed, gathered up, and burned."

FIRST-PERSON: ‘Da Vinci’ is heretical, but also bad

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP)--While reading "The Da Vinci Code" I remember thinking, “It’s going to be difficult turning this into a film script.” The narrative contains much expositional pontificating and puzzle wrestling, with car chases and brutal killings thrown in simply to separate chapters.

FIRST-PERSON: Da Vinci: Opportunity or ‘Othercott’?

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP)--When speaking publicly about "The Da Vinci Code," I routinely make the point that the release of the movie presents the church with a golden opportunity for witness. In this I am joined by many others who have prepared helpful resources for dealing with the central claims of the book and movie.

FIRST-PERSON: Film critics’ views on ‘Da Vinci’ speak volumes

ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP)--“The Da Vinci Code,” the film adaptation of the controversial book by the same name, is now in theaters. The early reviews of the movie are rolling in, and to say that critics are disappointed would be an understatement.

FIRST-PERSON: Is our Bible what originally was written?

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--In "The Da Vinci Code," one of the main characters, Sir Leigh Teabing says, “The Bible is a product of man, my dear. Not of God. The Bible did not fall magically from the clouds. Man created it as a historical record of tumultuous times, and it has evolved through countless translations, additions, and revisions. History has never had a more definitive version of the book.”

FIRST-PERSON: Did Christianity ‘borrow’ from other religions?

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--I recall reading in 1988 of an ancient religion older than Christianity in which a pagan deity was said to have been crucified between two thieves, wore a crown of thorns while on the cross, was regarded by his followers to be the good shepherd and savior of the world, and then rose from the dead three days later. The story shocked me. The details were too similar to have been a coincidence. Had Christianity copied from another religion?