Religious book sales rise


slashgirl writes: I read this article in my provincial paper, but had to find another on-line source for it as it's paid subscription only for our paper on-line.

'Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" is a million-selling historical thriller that has angered Catholics by attacking the clergy and implying Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married.

Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" is a brutal box-office hit that has angered Jewish and Christian leaders, who allege that the movie could encourage anti-Semitism.

As theology, they have little in common. But as phenomena, they have had a common effect, driving sales for a wave of Christian-themed books, some of them highly controversial.'

The rest of the story is here"


I love the verbs the media chooses to rouse the loyal. They can't get over how wrong they've been on every count, but it sold papers/magazines/tv time, so now that all the predictions have been proven wrong, mostly by the sales and the people who have seen the film, they are going after the fact that people want "more." Yes, some of what the people are getting is nonsense (like the DaVinci Code which was a best seller long before the movie), and yes, Christian booksellers have been caught flatfooted.

There has been no anti-semitism associated with the film, I haven't heard a single Christian say he/she was turned off by the graphic, realistic violence (Gibson isn't King, pun intended), but I have heard about forgiveness, love and healing. The press was wrong. Imagine!

Just in case anybody thought anti-semitism is something of the past, they're right -- it was a part of this PAST weekend. from the Denver Post. I don't know if it can be ascribed to Mel Gibson's film or not, but some people in Denver apparently thought so.

The previews were enough to turn of this Christian. I have no desire to see the movie.

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