Course Examines The DaVinci Code
May 4, 2006
North American Baptist Seminary is currently offering an online class on The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, called Cracking The Da Vinci Code: When Fiction and History Collide. It is being taught by Dr. Terence Mournet, adjunct and soon-to-be Assistant Professor of New Testament and Director of Educational Technology, and his wife, Krista, who is also an adjunct professor. The course provides students with an opportunity to put the historical claims offered in the book to the test.
It addresses how the historical framework of Brown's narrative stands up to the detailed scrutiny of professionally trained historians and New Testament scholars. Dr. Mournet comments that, "by engaging The Da Vinci Code in this manner, we, as students of God's word, can become better equipped to both interact with and respond to people who have been seduced by Brown's historical-fictional account of the earliest stages of the Christian movement."
Mournet understands that some might question the appropriateness of studying a work of fiction that is considered "faith unfriendly" in a Christian seminary. After all, it is clear that Brown's book does not portray the Church in a favorable light, and it certainly contains much that is antithetical to traditional orthodox Christian faith. He adds that "we are reminded that the Apostle Paul himself was willing to proactively engage the culture of his time in order to relate his faith in Christ to those around him. We are called to strike a balance between being a part of our consumer-driven culture while not allowing it, in turn, to consume us." Cracking The Da Vinci Code: When Fiction and History Collide provides an opportunity for students to engage the work critically in order to reach out to a generation which so desperately needs to hear the Gospel.
In summary, Mournet says that by interacting with The Da Vinci Code "we are able to become better equipped to serve God in our churches, families, and communities." He adds that "only by understanding popular views of Christianity can we hope to be able to minister effectively to those around us. It is my hope and prayer that we might see The Da Vinci Code, and other similar works, not only as an attack against our Christian faith, but also as a precious door of opportunity through which we might step."