Summary: This fad shows us how we can connect to this world’s fascination with the story of Jesus.
Good Things About The Da Vinci Code Fad
By now perhaps you have heard about the extremely popular novel, The Da Vinci Code written by Dan Brown. I was toying around with the idea of doing this message on Palm Sunday, when Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey colt. I was going to title that message, “the Da Vinci Colt.” But I guess, I thought I better do it after Easter, closer to the movie’s opening day in May. Published in 2003, this mystery-thriller, with apparently 40 million in print (in 44 languages) and with 6 million more in paperback since March 28 of this year, is King-Kong sized huge! The movie trailers are already on TV, and it looks like it’ll be big box-office attraction. I am sure many of you, along with your friends will be watching or talking about this. I was golfing on Monday and folks are talking about it. It seems to be gaining a good following throughout the world. Why make a deal out of this fad? Mainly because it has gained such world-wide exposure and it is influencing pop culture of our day. If we are to reach this world with the good news of Jesus, we need to be ready to give a reason for the hope we say we have and do it in gentleness without looking ignorant of what they have been exposed to (1 Peter 3:15-16). If the numbers are correct in a recent poll (Apr. 2006) conducted by Ipsos Reid, CanWest News, already one in 5 Canadians believe in Dan Brown’s alternate version of history. And if we are ignorant of this, we will miss a great chance for Christians to build a bridge of understanding with people who seek to know the real story of Jesus and the reason for the hope we have in Him. I completed reading this novel and I believe there are really good things that we Christians got to grab a hold of with this fad.
Summary of the Plot
Tell u the truth, I am not a novel reading type. Just give me the movie version, or the Coles notes version, that’ll do! But I read it, all for the sake of doing research. First few chapters were good but it kinda bogs down in the middle for me as it becomes a little preachy and it sure had a rather lousy ending. My reaction to the ending of the book was – “What the… that’s it??” On entertainment value I’ll give 3 stars out of five. My wife read it and says she has read better mysteries and found it laughable especially when Mickey Mouse and Disney (p.282) made an appearance in the novel. What is the novel about? Basically it is about chasing after the Holy Grail. So we get an adventure, sort like Indiana Jones except that Indy is now called Robert Langdon, also a university professor, like Dr. Jones, blazing around Europe chasing after clues in search of the holy grail. Here is a good summary of the book by James Emery White (April 24, 2006 www.christianitytoday.com).
It starts off with the murder of a curator at the Louvre in Paris, leads to a trail of clues found in the work of Leonardo DaVinci, and the discovery of a centuries-old secret society. It’s a page-turner. But that’s not what has grabbed our attention. It’s that the clues of Leonardo’s work and the mission of the secret society (the priory of Sion) revolve around the Holy Grail.