Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Truth about Angels & Demons

Following the great success of Dan Brown's novel turned movie The DaVinci Code, another of Brown's novels, Angels & Demons, has also been adapted into a movie and is set to be released in theaters tomorrow. Although the movie is a sequel, the novel is actually a prequel whose events take place prior to those in The DaVinci Code. Although fiction, Brown finds ways to take shots at the Christian faith, and in this one the issues concern the relationship of science and religion. Given Brown's ability to play around with history and science to make them say what he wants, it can be difficult for the average person to know how to respond to Brown's proposals.

Well, Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia has created the website The Truth about Angels & Demons as a resource to help persons navigate the assertions of the movie. They look at particular issues that are essential to the movie's plot, such as, bioethics, antimatter, the illuminati, Vatican hidden archives, the God particle, etc. The site also deals with questions the movie raises. The Five main questions they answer are:
  1. Does religion fear science?
  2. What is the future of religion?
  3. Can science answer ultimate questions?
  4. Is there evidence that God created earth?
  5. Is the Bible True?
If you are going to watch the movie, check out the site and go prepared. Its a lot more fun to watch a movie when you can actively engage it and not have to passively receive what it proposes.

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