Thursday, May 18, 2006

Da Vinci Code Actor: Bible Should Have 'Fiction' Disclaimer

If "The Da Vinci Code" was already feeding the flames of controversy with its challenge to the basic tenets of Christianity, actor Ian McKellen managed to pour a refinery tank's worth of gasoline on the fire on this morning's 'Today' show, asserting that the Bible should carry a disclaimer saying that it is "fiction." Video: Windows Media or Real Player, Plus audio MP3
"Well, I've often thought the Bible should have a disclaimer in the front saying this is fiction. I mean, walking on water, it takes an act of faith. And I have faith in this movie. Not that it's true, not that it's factual, but that it's a jolly good story. And I think audiences are clever enough and bright enough to separate out fact and fiction, and discuss the thing after they've seen it."
A splendid idea! Would anyone like to suggest a disclaimer for the Bible? How about:

This book contains actual events of history, mixed in with myth and metaphor. It is not a useful guide for science or foreign policy.


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