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Sunday, May 21, 2006

The Da Vinci Code, Moby Dick Code, Bible Code & Ad Nauseum Codes.

Finding some sort of code in any piece of writing is much like finding a cow in a haystack.

There’s The Koran Code.

The Bible Code.

The Shakespeare Code.

The Moby Dick Code.

The War And Peace Code.

There is even a code in the employee manual of the New York State Department of Correctional Services. I found at least one message, which I have hi-lighted by using upper case letters. Maybe you will find others.

2.10 Alcoholic beveraGes. An empLoyEe of the departmeNt shall Not consume or possess alcoholic beveraGes while On duty status nOR shall any employee report for Duty unDer the influence of intOxiCantS.

Was this a prediction of what happened on May 3 in Lake Placid?

Many Christians have overreacted to The Da Vinci Code. Some of those protesting The Da Vinci Code movie were pushing The Bible Code just a few years ago.

The press release issued by Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, of the Albany Diocese, represents a more moderate reaction. He said,

Author Dan Brown has stated repeatedly that his novel, "The Da Vinci Code," is a work of fiction. Hence his book and the movie based upon it should be seen for precisely what it is, a work of fiction. While The Da Vinci Code has become a cultural phenomenon, it is also filled with inaccuracies, exaggerations and embellishments which have been refuted by a wide range of renowned scholars well versed in history, the arts, scripture and theology. Also its underlying premise is false and offensive to many Christians. Hopefully anyone who reads The Da Vinci Code or sees the film will view it through this lens.

While I am not a Roman Catholic, I do agree with Bishop Hubbard's assessment. However, my own concern is not that the faithful will lose their faith because of reading or viewing The Da Vinci Code. My concern is the loss of reason on the part of anyone who believes in The Da Vinci Code, The Bible Code, The Moby Dick Code or any similar code.

By the way, when I went to and clicked on The Da Vinci Code tag, my computer immediately rebooted. I suppose if I believed in the Da Vinci Code or The Bible Code that might mean something. However, along with the many other things my computer has been doing lately, it simply means I need a new computer.


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