Sydney, Australia (PRWEB) May 12, 2006
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific has responded to the release of the Da Vinci Code movie with a mass media campaign that includes a DVD, a book, internet websites and seminars in various locations throughout Australia.
The Code, a five-part docudrama DVD series presented by Leah McLeod and Pastor Geoff Youlden and the new book The Da Vinci Decode will be launched within a week of the release of the movie. Both resources explore the central claims of Dan Brown’s novel: the divinity and history of Jesus, the origins of the Bible and the status of women in Christian belief.
“We don’t slam the novel or the movie,” says Pastor Grenville Kent, coauthor of The Da Vinci Decode. “We use it as an opportunity to affirm the positives of Jesus: that He was real, witnessed by independent historians, predicted (with superhuman accuracy) by prophecy, and that His teachings (in the original form) are amazing.”
The Adventist Church’s response comes at a time when Christianity has returned to the spotlight after years of decline. According to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 20% of young Australians have stated they had no religion and the percentage of Australian population professing to be Christian have been decreasing annually.
Television commercials about The Code DVD will be aired in Australia and a seminar on The Da Vinci Code, using the book as a giveaway, will run in a cafe near the cinemas in Castle Hill, New South Wales.