Before any of you read this, please understand that the following entry is the opinion of Michael Ferraro and Michael Ferraro alone. This is by no means a representation of Film Threat’s philosophies as whole. If you feel the urge to contact the editor about the piece, blame me, not the entire staff or the publication.
Wow. We live in some troubling times. Ever since Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code has been released, people all over the place have been exasperated to the point of craziness. Months later, bookshelves were filled with titles (on DVD and books) like Debunking The Da Vinci Code, etc. I’ve never read Brown’s book (I’m really not into new school fiction, I am more of an old school literature guy) so I don’t really know what the big deal is or why Christians are so angry. They really don’t like when people question their faith or their precious Bible.
I have a question of my own though, that maybe one you fine readers would be able to answer for me. What two books are not found in the nonfiction (nonfiction being books of fact) section at any bookstore on the planet and were written by the hands of men?
I’ll give you a hint: The Da Vinci Code and The Bible.
Before any of you Jesus junkies out there flood my editor with e-mails proving me wrong or calling me names, relax. I am not aiming this at all of you, nor am I discrediting your faith. But I do have a few questions for those of you that are indeed angered by Dan Brown’s words and the upcoming film by Ron Howard.
You do know that Dan Brown wrote a fiction book, right? I’ve never read anything that states Brown’s novel to be cold hard fact, nor have I read anything that quotes him as trying to produce fact. All he did was write a suspenseful formulaic thriller (so I am told anyway) for the masses, much like Grisham or Grafton but since he threw some Jesus theories in there, it created controversy, and a New York Times bestseller was born. Film at 11:00.
Even Cardinal Francis Arinze slams it as “”disrespect.” If you’re a kid in Singapore, you’re banned from watching it. Some religious devotees in India have even threatened a fast unto death if the government “”fails to take action” against movies challenging their faiths. Did their government not tell these people that it’s not real? It’s only a silly little fiction film based on a silly little fiction novel. People who read The Da Vinci Code and/or see the film aren’t going to be turned away from Christianity or question the accuracy of the material presented. It they do, they’re just plain moronic.
What if I started questioning the holy book”¦ how do you think the authors would feel? Let’s examine the first two chapters of The Bible, the section of Genesis (it’s not an account of the life and times of Phil Collins, it’s more of an account of creation at the hands of God). Both chapters contradict what was made on which of the seven days of creation. In Genesis 2, God made man out of clay then planted shrubbery. In Genesis 1, he created everything else first, then man last.
Two stories in a row, about the same thing, but with various little differences in detail. This is a book many claim to be exact “”truth.” Dan Brown never claimed such, yet he and his novel (and now his film) are under constant attack.
I’m glad that these fanatics are actually forming questions from their brains but it’s the style of questioning I am not really down with or even understand. Don’t just question one thing ““ question everything. I’m far from being religious but I can tell you that I have indeed read The Bible from front to back. I think Deuteronomy 20 is perhaps one of the scariest things ever written. Corinthians 14:34 includes one of my favorite quotes in history, “”Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.”
Hear that women? Don’t ask questions in church; wait until you go home and ask your husbands. That’s what the Bible saith.
These people aren’t questioning their own book. Chances are their preachers never cover this chapter during Sunday’s sermon. Yet these are the same people that are so eager to discredit a book properly labeled fiction, not nonfiction. If you question one, why not question them all?
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