Da Vinci film gets attention from Christian critics

Fiction or religious tract?
The best-selling novel by Dan Brown upset an international and predominantly lay Catholic organization as well as conservative Protestants, but with the movie version of The Da Vinci Code slated for mid-May, both offended groups are exhibiting mixed feelings.

Evangelical figures such as Fuller Seminary president Richard Mouw and pollster George Barna have written unpaid critical articles for a studio-sponsored Web site—in effect providing further publicity for the film. The writers feel their critiques will also have some impact.

In a similar fashion, spokespersons for Opus Dei in Rome and New York early this year put a good face on the situation, saying that the Ron Howard–directed movie will give the traditionalist and low-profile organization an opportunity to tell the world about its good works and benevolence.


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