Saturday, May 13, 2006

Tony Robinson says...

Just watched Tony Robinson's The Real Da Vinci Code on Channel 4. Robinson is a great entertainer but also serious about history. He carefullly shows us that:
...the Da Vinci Code is basically, "rubbish"

...without any factual basis...derived from lots of appealing ideas... not particularly well written (though he concedes thats not a crime)... a story that we might like to be true, but simply isn't. No more reliable a story of history than Monty Python... something that belongs in the realm of imagination.

Good fiction is not a bad thing. The problem here is that it can divert us away from the real story. I'm sure we'll go and see the film, and I'm sure it'll be entertaining... meanwhile the real Jesus story, the one found in the Bible is way more compelling than the fictious gnostic alternatives. Why not take an hour to read one of the gospels in the New Testament?


  1. Yup, I watched that to. Entertainingly put together, basically if any CU wants to do a Da Vinca code event they might as well stick that film on, then tell everybody the real, and as you say, far more compelling story.
    As somebody brought up with the story of Christ, it's easy for me to take for granted, but for somebody who knows little beyond hearsay and misconceptions.....

  2. Tony Robinson >:-l

    he may be a good entertainer but as a historian he is totaly rubbish, i saw that programe and also the one on the real king of britian. i think they were both channel 4.

    Tony should stick to what he's good at, which is not history!!! and don't even get me started on the sacrilige that is time team!

  3. Have you just re-done your blog in UCCF colours??? that seminar by Pod must have hit home

  4. ok... point taken on robinson's history... but i think he did a good job of chucking out Dan Brown's "facts"

    Amd, yes i've ripped off some of the uccf colours...

  5. What is it about The Da Vinci Code story that grabs people, causes people to rediscover reading, enjoy the story, reading late into the night, engrossed by the tale?

    How can we move away from merely evaluating The Da Vinci Code story, merely in terms of - Is it true or false?


  6. Tom,

    my guess is that nagging thought that there must be more than this...

    Which is a good thing.

    Question is how to you move people through the smoke-screen and illusion and nonsense of Dan Brown's story... and into the better story.

  7. I just stopped by as usual and first thought was that I'd hit on by mistake. Designer Dave would be suing you I'm sure if it weren't for 1 Cor 6. Oh, and you working for uccf anyway.