Saturday, May 20, 2006

Links to The Da Vinci Code

Want the real secret of the Da Vinci Code? Then follow these links.

(Pssstt! Keep these to yourself. It's secret knowledge.)

Joseph Loconte considers how C.S. Lewis might respond to the false ideas made about Jesus and the Scriptures in "Debunking the Debunkers."

Sean McDowell answers some of the Code's charges in "Separating Truth from Fiction."

Here's a variety of Da Vinci Code resources from the excellent magazine Christianity Today.

Dr. Gary M. Burge of Wheaton College writes about the challenges posed to Christian scholars and laity in, "Jesus Out of Focus."

Dr. N.T. Wright, Bishop of Durham in the Church of England, offers insightful analysis on the spiritual message presented by The Da Vinci Code and the how it contrasts the message of Jesus:

"The Da Vinci Code is a symptom of something much bigger, a lightning rod which has throbbed with the electricity of the postmodern western world…(Specifically, it is the philosophy of Neo-Gnosticism) that invites you to search deep inside yourself and discover some exciting things by which you must then live…By contrast, the challenge of Jesus, in the 21st century as in the first, is that we should look away from ourselves and get on board with the project the one true God launched at creation and re-launched with Jesus himself."

Larry Hurtado, professor of New Testament literature at the University of Edinburgh, corrects false suggestions about the divinity of Jesus and the creation of the New Testament in the on-line Slate Magazine.

Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Convention, posts on May 24 a piece from the New York Times that suggests the Code is popular because it appeals to people's desire to create their own personal religion--regardless of truth.

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