paul roberts anticipates his holiday reading and offers some sensible advice to anyone contemplating perusing The Da Vinci Code this summer.
My guess is that nothing can now be done about this from the point of view of changing culture in the near future. Instead, the Church needs to invest again in its teaching role, preserving the tradition of rigorous, critical thinking about historical texts, particularly as they pertain to Christian identity and belief. This work may not bear immediate fruit, but in the longer-term it will be the only way that the Christian story and identity will be preserved from sinking into a forgetful swamp made up of the worst kind of mythology, masquerading as â€˜historyâ€™. Or to put it another way, when something is a load of pure tripe the Church politely needs to say so, and point out why, even if nobody much listens.
With thanks to maggi dawn