Mona Lisa Smiles
Mona Lisa intrigues me. She seems wedged between shyness and sworn secrecy.
I wonder what her expression would be if she was alive today, with the buzz surrounding the soon-to-be-released “The Da Vinci Code.”
The movie, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Ron Howard, follows Dan Brown’s worldwide best-selling book by the same title. (The book has sold over 25 million copies and is translated into 44 languages.)
According to The Internet Movie Database, the plot is summarized as: “A murder in the Louvre and clues in Da Vinci paintings lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years –which could shake the foundations of Christianity.”
“Our response to the movie,” Campus Crusade staff member and author Josh McDowell says, “can give us a marvelous opportunity to explain the difference between fact and fiction, truth and imagination, and history and hoax.”
The Staff Web’s Response
About a month ago we launched a Da Vinci Code Special Section on the Staff Web. It’s a marketplace of Da Vinci resources, Web sites and articles—all at the fingertips of our staff members.
This is the kind of thing I get pumped about—helping provide useful tools so that people don’t have to go searching for them or, heaven forbid reinvent them, not knowing they already exist.
That happened a lot within our organization when “The Passion” came out in theaters. It seemed like every Campus Crusade ministry made their own evangelistic Web site because there wasn’t a common ground place to go, like the Staff Web, at the time to go to and see what was available.
We hope this Special Section will provide helpful resources staff members might not even know exist, equipping them for relevant conversations regarding the film.
Here are a few of the resources that you might consider as you think about the upcoming movie and your response:
- The Da Vinci Code: A Quest for Answers by Josh McDowell and companion mini-magazine (great for giving to friends to begin conversations)
- Insightful articles about the the movie’s claims and what is biblically true
- Jesus and Da Vinci, a Web site clearly explaining how you can have a personal relationship with God. Oh, and this is cool–my brother, Chad, is helping the Campus Crusade staff members working on it. Chad’s putting to use his expertise in how to get Web pages more readership (optimizing key words). Thanks, Chad!