Friday, May 12, 2006

perhaps DaVinci will see fewer boycotts than expected

The anticipation is building, because this is the last weekend before Ron Howard's The DaVinci Code with Tom Hanks will hit theaters.
The big issue in the church of late has been how to respond to this film. Some(myself included) are opting for an 'engaging the culture' strategy, discussing the film and getting people to acknowledge the issue; others are going with the old faithful stategy of boycotting. Or if they'd like to be really clever, "othercotting". However the latter may not be as prevelant a response as you'd think.
Comparing TDC to the Martin Scorsese 1980s film with Willem DeFoe The Last Temptation of Christ, Michael Licona, director of apologetics and interfaith evangelism for the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board, says this:
"I think we made a mistake back then," he says. "I think we communicated that we're not interested in having critical discussions-that if you mention Jesus in a negative way, we're just going to pick up our ball and go home."

For more of the article, check it out at Christianity Today.


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