This weekend I spoke at my home church and then on a panel about the DaVinci Code in Nashville. This second event was the second panel I have been a part of since the movie. On the first one in Allen, Texas I shared the stage with a lawyer who very much believed in Gnostic ideas, although he recognized the historical errors in the Code.
This blog develops ideas from the May 14th blog about responding to the Code because of the reader. Feedback to that post has led me to follow up my remarks there. Two questions I often get are: (1) does not engaging bring more attention to the novel, feed its marketing apparatus, making more money for someone who slandered Christianity? and (2) does not engagement constitute compromise, a kind of dancing with the devil? Where does one draw the line on engagement? These are fair questions.
Well, the tour is about done. I am in Fresno, CA now after speaking to 1200 last night at Shepherd in the Hills near Simi Valley in California. Today there was radio in Phioenix as I was try to check my bags at LAX (quite distracting!) and two hours on the largest California station in the Central California region KMJ.
Although I will be doing a complete review for beliefnet.com, I can note my initial thoughts on the movie. I saw it in Culver City this afternoon. The movie is a mixed bag. The first thirty minutes are convoluted and moves from scene to scene like an MTV video, making it hard to settle in.
It has been quite a week. ABC Nightline followed me around for my week in New York. The show aired Tuesday night. The crew and team were professional and fun to be with. It was strange to have cameras in your wake for minutes at a time.
Well, I am now in LA. I am attending a fascinating Spiritual Formation Conference put on by the Spiritual Life Forum to have churches and seminaries discuss how to better prepare ministers for the church.
Those of you who can get the Moody network should listen the next three days to a discussion involving host John Ankerberg, Michael Easley, Erwin Lutzer and myself on their prime time home drive radio hour.
Well, it was a three ring circus. The debate in New York is now history. It was a frank exchange between Christians and Jews. The novel was a problem, all agreed. Lots of media: Fox News Radio, CNN, BBC, ABC, Russian TV, and Italian TV.
One key question is often asked about engaging the Code as the movie is being hyped everywhere. It is, "Does such engagement not contribute to the attention being given the book and play into the hands of those who wrote it, making them a ton of money?" That is a very fair question.