The uproar over The Davinci code is both outrageous & amusing. Written & filmed by a Christian, and accepted in countries with predominant Christian populations. Still, in India there is an uproar. Priests are shouting at the top of their voices on TV, protesting against the Code, but not in their usual sedate & becalming manner which is the trademark during sermons. Rather, their opposition has been in bad taste - loud & defensive. There are sermons being wasted and pamphlets & meetings being targeted to counter this "threat" to their faith. The threat is more imagined than real. Time & money is being wasted unnecessary oppositionrather than in preaching the goodness of God.
Intelligent Christians would agree with me when I say that if its needed, then the best defense is delving deep into the richness of Christianity. Lot of good has happened out of the good intentions of many a people of this faith. Then why this wave against a book, a movie??? Are they so unsure & insecure of their faith that they would let its foundations be shaken by a mere work of fact/fiction??? Is protecting themselves and the Church all that matters in their lives? Ive seen gentle mannered Christian friends turn hostile at the mere mention of the facts(?) in the novel. Those parts that they don't believe, they vehemently oppose. Those parts that they know are true, they admit sheepishly, but do not accept that every religion has its pitfalls. Why so much of fear, insecurity & ego? Such an attitude does not help their case at all. Rather, it leads Non-Christians to speculate that there might be some truth in the book if it can scare the daylights out of the Children of God... It might force Christians themselves to wonder if the Church and the messengers of God have something to hide, and why do they have to worry so much about being shown in the wrong light. If their heart is pure, and character clean, then nothing can tarnish their faith. But that fate.... lies in their own hands. If they wish to hit the proverbial axe on their own feet, then there is no one else to blame.