Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Answering Questions About Angels and Demons

Here is a terrific website set up by Westminster Theological Seminary, The Truth About Angels and Demons, to help you with answering questions asked by spiritual seekers or debunkers of Christianity who have read Dan Brown's novel or seen the movie.

Here is a good column by Ross Douthat in the New York Times on Dan Brown entitled "Dan Brown's America." He is right on in claiming that Dan Brown should be regarded as an evangelist for an anti-Christian religious position, rather than as a simple thriller writer/entertainer. He has a number of interesting links in his article as well.

The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons should be seen as an attempt to teach as well as to entertain and, as such, they constitute a reminder that the best teaching incorporates some features of entertainment. Think of the good accomplished by The Chronicles of Narnia: both good fun and great spiritual enlightenment.

Debunking Brown is necessary. But he will be defeated ultimately only by better Christian literature - better in every way, not merely less false in its teaching, but better as literature.

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