Ian McKellen, cast in the movie The DaVinci Code, had some choice words about the bible in recent interview:
Matt Lauer: “There have been calls from some religious groups, they wanted a disclaimer at the beginning of this movie saying it is fiction because one of the themes in the book really knocks Christianity right on its ear, if Christ survived the crucifixion, he did not die for our sins and therefore was not resurrected. What I’m saying is, people wanted this to say ‘fiction, fiction, fiction’. How would you all have felt if there was a disclaimer at the beginning of the movie? Would it have been okay with you?”
There was a pause, and then famed British actor Ian McKellen [Gandalf of Lord of the Rings], piped up:
“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.”
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Instead of starting a somewhat interesting and slightly more intelligent conversation at work today, the office’s primary bible-beater laid into our boss about the atrocity of “The Bible” (do you hear the trumpets?) as fiction. In true passive-aggressive fashion, I glared (at her) and blared (my non-christian radio station). Yippee! Red states suck donkey balls.