Da Vinci Code Shakes Catholic Faith

Written by Drew on May 17th, 2006

Many claim “The Da Vinci Code” is harmless fiction, but what if not everybody’s getting the message? That is what a recent poll reveals. This from Reuters:

“The Da Vinci Code” has undermined faith in the Roman Catholic Church and badly damaged its credibility, a survey of British readers of Dan Brown’s bestseller showed on Tuesday.

People are now twice as likely to believe Jesus Christ fathered children after reading the Dan Brown blockbuster and four times as likely to think the conservative Catholic group Opus Dei is a murderous sect.

“An alarming number of people take its spurious claims very seriously indeed,” said Austin Ivereigh, press secretary to Britain’s top Catholic prelate Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor.

“Our poll shows that for many, many people the Da Vinci Code is not just entertainment,” Ivereigh added.

He heads a prominent group of English Roman Catholic monks, theologians, nuns and members of Opus Dei, who commissioned the survey from leading pollster Opinion Research Business (ORB) and have sought to promote Catholic beliefs at a time when the film’s release has provoked a storm of controversy.

ORB interviewed more than 1,000 adults last weekend, finding that 60 percent believed Jesus had children by Mary Magdalene — a possibility raised by the book — compared with just 30 percent of those who had not read the book.

Seeing the effects of “The Da Vinci Code” are this devastating to Catholics, is it much of a stretch to believe it will do the same to Protestants, evangelicals, or even members of the church? I believe there are many Christians who can watch this movie without being shaken in the least. However, I also know there are many more who are not grounded in the truth and who will give this nonsense more credit than it is due.

 

3 Comments so far ↓

  1. J-Train says:

    Greetings all, please pardon the absence. In regards to this post, I think the Catholic church is extremely vulnerable to movies and books like this simply because their members don’t know the Bible. If all you know is what your priest tells you, how far of a stretch is it to then believe what Dan Brown says. If you have searched and found truth on your own, then Brown’s book becomes a (apparently entertaining) work of fiction.

    -Joel

  2. Scott says:

    Thanks for the article. I believe instead of insisting that people boycot the movie and book we need to publicly address Dan Brown’s claims. Once one looks at the evidence it is easy to see that Dan Brown’s claim don’t hold up.

  3. Ike says:

    The book was actually fairly entertaining — and Joel, your analysis of the impact on “non-reading Christians” is dead center. If the book/movie makes more people curious enough to ask some fundamental questions, we need to be equipped to answer them openly and honestly. The worst thing Christians can do is try to gag the publicity — it makes us look like we’re hiding something.

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