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Monday, September 19, 2011

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beng

I've often said that one of the beautiful things about conspiracy theories is that the lack of evidence is almost always used as evidence. "Well, of course there's no evidence that Jesus was married!", exclaims Captain Conspiracy to his faithful band of merry-challenged followers, "Why? Because the Catholic Church got rid of the evidence!"


Then how the hell are you supposed to convince them (ie. about truth and their error)? Seriously.


Too bad Newheiser didn't ask the students in her survey, "then what will make you believe that Da Vinci Code is wrong?"

Who knows we might get answer like, "when Dan Brown makes a sequel telling otherwise." Maybe not even when that happens.

CWD

So what is The Da Vinci Code. Is it just a fad? A one hit wonder? A novelty novel? Will people remember it in ten years? Will it matter? Is it worth writing an entire book in response to it?

Absolutey! Things like the DaVinci Code, and the History Channel, are insinuating there way into the popular imagination and, for all intents and purposes, are the official pop culture version of Christianity. They must be fought and disputed word-by-word, tooth and nail. Unfortunately, no one who reads (and falls for) the Da Vinci Code and similar pop-culture anti-Catholic drivel will have the desire or stamina to read a sustained intellectual attack.

Kevin

"not based on logical arguments to begin with".

Well said. I would venture that for all the pretext of 'open-mindedness' proclaimed by those who believe, the opposite is actually true when it comes to learning what your other current article calls the path of catholocism; they are totally closed to any REAL study of church history, tradition, etc. Perhaps another study to discover what percentage of these believers are well rounded readers would prove fruitful. I'd also venture here that the only 'church history' many of them have read, Catholic or Protestant, are a few wacky online conspiracy articles.

A Protestant reader

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