Dancing on the Head of a Pin

There is a legend of St Thomas Aquinas asking "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" At this blog we ask all questions dealing with our faith and spirituality. Some are down to earth, rubber meets the road questions, while others are more lofty...like, how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

DaVinci Code vs. a Nun


Quite an interesting story concerning the filming of Dan Brown's "The DaVinci Code." A nun, Sister Mary Michael, is protesting the filming of the moving in the Lincoln Cathedral (Church of England). The dean of the Cathedral says this on their website:
The book is not in our view offensive to the Christian faith, merely speculative and far-fetched. It is not blasphemous in that it does not denigrate God in any way. Some of what is said in the book about the church and its teaching is heretical and is based on ideas put forward rather late in the church's history.
Apparently, Sister Mary Michael disagrees. Regardless of your side of the debate, the filming of the DaVinci Code does bring up the question of the role of fiction and faith. Churches seem to split pretty evenly over fiction. Some churches I know have had Harry Potter parties and took midnight youth trips to buy the new book. Other churches, perhaps right across the street, have had services condemning the books all together. The same is true with the DaVinci Code. Is it that fiction is a better read than non-fiction? Recent fictional books that deal with faith have been huge bestsellers: Left Behind, DaVinci Code, and depending on your perspective, Harry Potter. Where, or rather, how do we draw the line between fiction that is good and fiction that is bad. After all, isn't all fiction - "not true?" The bigger question may be: has recent fiction dealing with faith become more authoratative than the "non-fiction" book we bound in leather and read from at least once a week?
What do you think?

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