Reflections on The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

by Jean Mayland
from Signs of the Times No. 20 - Jan 2006

My grand-daughter recently persuaded me that I should read The Da Vinci Code, which she had found thrilling and fascinating.

As I began to read it the media were telling stories about Christians who were horrified by the book, who were demonstrating outside Lincoln Cathedral where part of it was being filmed. They praised Westminster Abbey for refusing to let the cameras in. It's a gripping story which challenges our intelligence and keeps us turning the pages as we move from one twist and turn to another. It takes us into the world of art and symbol and such artistic icons as the Mona Lisa, the Madonna of the Rocks and the Last Supper.

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The challenge of multi-culturalism

by Anne Davison
from Signs of the Times No. 20 - Jan 2006

The latest casualty to suffer as a result of our multi-cultural policy is Marlowe's play Tamburlaine the Great, which was put on recently at the Barbican in London. In order not to offend the Muslim community the director decided to cut the scene depicting the burning of the Holy Koran and also to drop some key references to Muhammad.

This is only one example of today's political correctness among many others that could be given. For example, certain local authorities around the country go out of their way to avoid any Christian symbolism in their street and other decorations during the Christmas period.

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Terminally Ill Bill

from Signs of the Times No. 20 - Jan 2006
Evidence submitted by Paul Badham at the request of, and on behalf of, the Modern Churchpeople's Union, to the Select Committee on the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill.

Introduction to the Organisation and to the Author

A. The Modern Churchpeople's Union (The MCU) was founded in 1898 to encourage and protect exponents of liberal theological and ethical thought within the Church of England. Since the 1920's it has campaigned for the Churches to support the legalisation of euthanasia in the context of terminal illness. The MCU has asked Professor Badham (a Vice-President of the Union) to present evidence to the Select Committee along the lines of his articles in Studies in Christian Ethics. Conscious that the Committee will receive submissions from Christian bodies opposed to any relaxation of the present laws against euthanasia, the MCU is concerned that the Select Committee should be aware that there are also strong Christian arguments in favour of euthanasia, and that these arguments are supported by 66% of those members of the Church of England who worship on a weekly basis.1

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