Monday, May 15, 2006

Code vs Creed

As much as I try to be blasé about Dan Brown, there’s no escaping his tentacles. But I am certainly glad that his book has ignited a new curiosity in church about the origins of Christianity and how we got our Bible. Now, since when did history ever interest the average church goer?We screened the RBC Day of Discovery DVD, Da Vinci Code: Separating Fact from Fiction and managed to get a very responsive crowd after Sunday Worship. That was amazing, fielding questions and talking about stuff you didn’t imagine people want to know about.

Anyway, who's Dan Brown, and how come we know so little about the man? Brown calls himself a Christian although he admits that the christian belief system is a matter of personal choice:
"Some feel being baptized is sufficient. Others feel you must accept the Bible as absolute historical fact. Still others require a belief that all those who do not accept Christ as their personal savior are doomed to hell. Faith is a continuum, and we each fall on that line where we may."
Terry Mattingly has a few words about the enigmatic novelist, saying he is “an evangelist proclaiming the message that there is no orthodoxy other than his liberating orthodoxy that says traditional Christianity is heresy. His goal is to liberate Jesus from all those picky ancient creeds.” Read the rest of Terry's comments here.

Hmm. There is a place for credal confession, isn't there?

1 comment:

The Hedonese said...

Thanks for hitting the jackpot there, bro!

It seems to me that we are reaping the 'individualistic, let's be inclusive and forget about creedal orthodoxy' version of Christianity that is often forgetful of the spiritual heritage we share with saints in the past...

and someone like Dan Brown comes along can sound so liberating... somehow we dun wanna go that far... like it or not, we have to 'draw the line' somewhere