“The DaVinci Code – The Gospel According To Dan Brown”
Pastor Brad Whitt
Galatians 1:8, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
INTRO: I want you to take your Bibles now this morning and be finding your place at Galatians chapter 1 if you would, and then when you've found your place there I want to ask you to turn back just a couple of books to 1st Corinthians chapter 15 and in just a few minutes we'll be looking at verses 3 and 4. Have you got that? Galatians chapter 1 and 1st Corinthians chapter 15.
It's been called “the runaway best seller of the 21st century.” And when you stop to think about it, the numbers are really staggering: over 60 million copies have been sold around the world. It's spent more than 151 weeks on the New York Times' bestseller list. It's been translated into 44 languages, and this past weekend the screen play was released – directed by Ron Howard and starred by Tom Hanks – making $85 million dollars at the box-office. So now everybody agrees, there hasn't been anything else like Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code in publishing or movie history – ever.
Now, for those of you, who haven't read the book or seen the movie, let me give you just a little bit of background, because you see, this isn't just any ordinary novel turned movie. This is a world-wide phenomenon that has even become some what of a new religion for many people around the world.
What Dan Brown has done in his book is this. He has woven into the simple story of a murder investigation, in the Louvre Museum in Paris, a tale of Christian conspiracies, high level cover-ups and ancient secret societies that he repeatedly hints at being more fact than fiction. His book is written in an easy-to-read, hard-to-put-down style that evidently didn't transfer over to the movie, because if you watched the news this past week, The DaVinci Code was canned at the Cannes Film Festival. As a matter of fact, from what I can tell, the reviews of the movie are more interesting than the movie ...
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