|I wasn’t going to read The Da Vinci Code, but when one of my youth group members said she started it but chose not to finish it because she “just didn’t need to go there,“ well, that made me curious. That, and it’s huge controversial popularity got the best of me. So I read it. It‘s a well-crafted storyone with some very unique approaches to Jesus and Christianity. It didn’t enhance or destroy my faith.
I haven’t seen the moviemaybe I will someday on DVD. My curiosity has been satisfied. But for many people, The Da Vinci Code has been a must-see movie, and for others, a “must-not see.”
I read a great article in the May/June 2006 issue of YouthWorker Journal called “Dealing with the Da Vinci Code.” In the article, YouthWorker interviews Dr. Craig Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary in Colorado, and asks him to reflect on the best-selling book by Dan Brown and the subsequent movie. I would highly recommend that you read the interview if you are wondering what to do with this book and film in relationship to your youth. Following are a few brief excerpts:
Youthworker: What practical suggestions do you have for youth workers in terms of youth meetings, small groups, and Bible studies? How can they address some of the issues raised in the film?
Blomberg: I would suggest they prepare a presentation about how the New Testament books were chosen and when, century by century. This is one subject that is so screwed up in The Da Vinci Code.
Equally important would be a presentation about the content in the four Gospels and the claims they make about Jesus. This will help address claims that those who affirmed the deity of Christ were a historically late and theologically unorthodox minority.
Youthworker: What have you heard from parents of youth?
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