This appeared on CNN.com recently.
The National Catholic reporter John Allen wondered about the thousands of hard-core Da Vinci Code fans called “Code-heads” flocking to France to examine sites named in Dan Brown’s novel: “I think the deeper spiritual question here that the church really has to ask is, how is it that they have a hard time getting people to come to church on Sunday, but millions and millions of people are ready to plunk down $35 to pick up a hard copy of The DaVinci Code. What that indicates is that there’s a tremendous spiritual interest, a tremendous hunger out there that, for whatever reason, institutional Christianity does not seem able to satisfy.”
My first thought to this is, People are lemmings. They’re looking for a thrill. It’s just a bit of prurient interest, like rubber-neckers on the freeway.
But when you think about it, thousands of people are interested in the truth behind these ancient myths. That seems pretty significant. And the fact is, these so-called “Code-heads” are proving a point that needs to be made. Story has an incalculable impact on all of us. The church would do well to recognize it.