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Da Vinci Code Sparks Discussion about Christianity
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The Da Vinci Code movie has opened, fueling continued discussions. Beliefnet.com has conducted several polls about this book and has posted a variety of opinion pieces. (Check this link:  http://www.beliefnet.com/davinci/dvc_1.html) The most recent poll results: 43% say the book is offensively inaccurate, 32% say the book isn’t accurate but it is enjoyable, 19% say it makes a lot of sense, and 6% are not sure. The May 22, 2006, edition of Newsweek shared the results of another Beliefnet.com poll about why there is such great interest in alternative Christian histories. When asked if modern Christianity reflects what Jesus intended, only 15% responded positively. Reasons given for this response included: modern Christianity is too conservative (24%), Jesus didn’t intend to start a new religion (23%), modern Christianity is too liberal (19%), too much focus on worldly matters (11%), and modern Christianity neglects the poor (7%). Is all the fear about the movie increasing the curiosity of more people than if the church had left it alone?

INNOVATIONewsletter, May 31, 2009 Center for Creative Ministry