19 May 2006

C.S. Lewis & The DaVinci Code?

"Religious leaders and others distressed by Dan Brown's novel "The Da Vinci Code"--and its movie debut this weekend--might take a cue from an Oxford don steeped in medieval literature, C.S. Lewis.
A former atheist, Lewis became one of the most beloved Christian authors of 20th century. He was not only a master at exposing the fault lines of modern, secular thought. As a layman, Lewis also could see the weaknesses of the church with unusual clarity--a skill he likely would apply to the furor over this latest challenge to orthodox belief.
There are few things more easily corruptible, Lewis observed, than religious belief and practice. "We must fully face the fact that when Christianity does not make a man very much better," he wrote a friend, "it makes him very much worse." Stories like "The Da Vinci Code" and Michael Baigent's "The Jesus Papers" carry a special appeal for people who are vividly aware of the historic failings of the church: the anti-Semitism, the persecutions, the soul-crushing legalism, right down to modern-day sex scandals.
Here's the whole thing.


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