I am not joining the great debate between Jesus’ humanity and divinity as I don’t anymore have the time, energy or sufficient knowledge to do that. The public would be better off reading the book, seeing the movie and judging for themselves.
The same could not be said of our politicians who have taken it unto themselves to impose their hypocrisy on their constituents, notably the City Council of Manila which banned the film’s showing in their domain. Sus! Don’t you think the people will just as easily flock to Quiapo to get their bootleg copies since the multi-million peso piracy business there is something you have tolerated Your Honores? At least it was understandable for the Church to take their stand since Da Vinci… strikes at the dogmas they’ve been preaching for ages. But SM too joining the fray??? The SM of our shopping life who does not regularize the Pinoys they employ after six months and buys Made in China instead of Filipino. Da Vinci it seems has just convinced everyone to hop on this carousel of madness.
In the meantime, everyone’s talking about it – which is how Dan Brown and the movie’s producers want it to be in the first place.
My own take on this matter is that censorship is so passe in this day and age when everything can be accessed with the click of a finger. Protecting our young from the seemingly blasphemous notions of Da Vinci Code seems futile when they can read, hear, watch it on the TV, web & other forms of high-tech media.
Religiosity is a matter of upbringing. Faith is faith. Just because one reads Dan Brown does not mean one will have the compulsion to go up the mountains and establish his own sect espousing Hieros Gamos. Devout Marians would have to draw the line if someone starts saying the Virgin Mary isn’t as virginal as she’s depicted to be. But the idea of Christ’s “humanity” is an interesting , rather than revolting, concept which does not encroach at all on the all-encompassing concept of God’s salvation.
Am getting carried away. I did say I didn’t want to debate on this, remember?