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Russian Church: Da Vinci Code film an ordinary commodity with a bar-code -- read the Gospel instead

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    15 May 2006, 13:58 Russian Church: Da Vinci Code film an ordinary commodity with a bar- code - read the Gospel instead Moscow, May 15, Interfax - The Da Vinci
    Message 1 of 1 , May 15, 2006
      15 May 2006, 13:58
      Russian Church: Da Vinci Code film an ordinary commodity with a bar-
      code - read the Gospel instead

      Moscow, May 15, Interfax - The Da Vinci Code film to be launched in
      Moscow this week is a `mass-cult commodity' which brings nothing
      new, a Moscow Patriarchate official believes.

      `Those who want to come to know real Christ are advised to read the
      Gospel and then to turn to Him with prayer. But those who are used
      to simply consumer a mass-cult commodity are free to make their own
      choice', Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, deputy head of the Moscow
      Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, stated.

      `Da Vinci Code will be soon forgotten, and you will receive
      promotional leaflets about all kinds of commodities including films
      and books on quasi-religious themes. Do not forget to keep an eye on
      novelties and chip off banknotes', he added.

      The priest urged to regard the new film as an ordinary
      commodity `with a price tag and a bar code'. `It will bring nothing
      new either to believers or agnostics or atheists. Its idea is old to
      the limit: to try to justify sin, that is, illicit cohabitation of a
      man and woman, as much as imputing it to Christ himself', Father
      Vsevolod noted.

      He said that today Christ is painted on `the banners of sexual
      revolution', just as attempts were made to present him as `an
      esoteric, a hippie, a revolutionary, a leader of a national
      liberation movement, etc'.

      `If ad people and filmmakers have set about to deal with (pseudo)
      spiritual matters, it means that people do feel a religious thirst.
      Indeed, the most box-office films have not been about Hitler or
      Voltaire or even George Washington but about Christ. It seems people
      are pretty sick about secular ideals and idols', he noted.

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      15 May 2006, 10:59
      Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin.
      Da Vinci bar-code

      This week is sure to be spent in hot discussions about the Da Vinci
      Code film planned to be launched on May 18. There will be both
      indignant voices of Christians of various confessions and appeals to
      freedom of creative work, and certainly warnings against a threat of
      a counter-offensive by medieval clericalism. All this will certainly
      work to increase box-office returns. Generally, semi-religious
      disputes have become a rather common element of PR-strategies used
      by publishers, theatre managers, and filmmakers. It seems both
      religious public and `free creative' community will soon be granted
      extra pay for creating noise at the right time and in the right
      place...

      Against this background noise, the film should be seen as an
      ordinary commodity with a price tag and bar-code. It will bring
      nothing new either to believers or agnostics or atheists. Its idea
      is old to the limit: to try to justify sin, that is, illicit
      cohabitation of a man and woman, as much as imputing it to Christ
      himself. In a word, if He `did that' we also can do it. Let us paint
      Him on the banners of sexual revolution, and people will follow our
      lead... Just in the same way Christ was pictured as an esoteric, a
      hippie, a revolutionary, a leader of a national liberation movement,
      etc.

      However, despite all the power of brain-washing through this
      outadvertised film, people today are able to distinguish between
      fiction and history. Those who want to come to know real Christ are
      advised to read the Gospel and then to turn to Him with prayer. But
      those who are used to simply consumer a mass-cult commodity are free
      to make their own choice. Da Vinci Code will be soon forgotten, and
      you will receive promotional leaflets about all kinds of commodities
      including films and books on quasi-religious themes. Do not forget
      to keep an eye on novelties and chip off banknotes.

      It all also shows though that things are not as bad as embittered
      critics of the film suggest. If ad people and filmmakers have set
      about to deal with (pseudo)spiritual matters, it means that people
      do feel a religious thirst. Indeed, the most box-office films have
      not been about Hitler or Voltaire or even George Washington but
      about Christ. It seems people are pretty sick about secular ideals
      and idols...
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