Wednesday, May 03, 2006

The DaVinci Cod (sic)

For anyone who is turned off by Dan Brown's (& Ron Howard's) nonsense and wants good reasons why, have a look at Da Vinci Code Ireland. I heard about it from Fr Gavan Jennings (a priest, philosopher and in Wodehousian terms all round good egg). The site itself is full of interesting information, and has among other goodies, powerpoint presentations for download! Gavan's round-robin reads as follows
In case you haven’t heard, HOPE Ireland (a group of inter-denominational individuals coming together especially for this purpose) has put together a new website aimed at the Irish public to try to counteract the negative influence that The Da Vinci Code film will have on people, particularly on young families and teenagers.

There are several useful resources on that website, including a couple of PowerPoint presentations with scripts that could be delivered to all sorts of audiences: family groups, schools, parents of youth clubs, etc. Norella Broderick is coordinating the delivery of presentations around the country. Her email is She would be glad to help if you have any queries.

The website is: I would be very grateful if you could circulate this web address to anyone you know who might find it useful. Besides being of general interest to a lot of people concerned about the book and film, the downloadable presentations with scripts would be interesting to anyone in a position to give a presentation to a group of people.

There is also information about Mark Shea (author of “The Da Vinci Deception”, a booklet with 100 questions similar to the one produced for the film “The Passion of the Christ”), a Catholic convert who will be in Ireland from May 12 to 18. Simon R (The Voice Today) is hosting him while in the country. I attach the Q&A with Mark Shea on the DVC, for information. It has some very clever angles about the ‘dangers’ for Christians of dismissing the DVC as a work of fiction.

Best regards,
Fr Gavan Jennings

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