Next Wednesday, St. Mark’s United Church of Christ is holding a discussion with Amy Sens, who is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School. There will be a light supper followed by a discussion of The DaVinci Code. Everything starts at 6:00 and if you want in on this, you can call the church at 410-644-5466.
I’m not a religious type (if I were doing an online dating profile I’d be in the "spiritual but not religious" column), but I do like St. Mark’s. Pastor Lucy has been a very strong supporter of the local community. Plus, she’s just too nice.
The Wee One will occasionally go and participate in some of the church’s special programs, so I’ve been to a few of her services. One of the things I’ve noticed is that her congregation tends to be a little bit older. I’m actually surprised that they don’t have better access for the handicapped into the sanctuary area.
I presume that most churches are having a little bit of trouble attracting a younger crowd, and that’s why they’re so often willing to grab onto any cultural item that’s somehow relevant to them. Put together a Bible study group and you’ll likely see some of the usual faces, but combine it with one of the biggest best-sellers of the past few years and now you’ve got an event!
Some churches have done the same with The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by drawing Aslan as a symbol of Jesus’ sacrifice, or The Passion of the Christ, both of which draw positive images of the whole story. The DaVinci Code represents a pretty full-force attack on Biblical tenets, so the discussion may be a little more heated.
It may be an interesting discussion. I’m not sure whether I’m going to attend. I think The DaVinci Code raises some interesting questions but the biggest question of all, which I don’t think Amy Sens can answer, is why such a dreadfully-written book can make it to the best-seller list?