What does it mean that something as idiotic as the Da Vinci Code has had a strong effect on how people answer pollsters’ questions about Christianity and Catholicism? (No, I haven’t read the book or seen the movie, and yes, I feel entitled to dismiss them as idiotic anyway.)
- Polls mean nothing. When people answer them they say the first thing that pops into their heads and that’s generally the last thing they happened to look at.
- For lots of people today religion is the same as supermarket tabloids: a source of oddities they use ad libitum to add an offbeat background to daily life.
- Religion is basically a chick thing now, and sex is the new transcendence, so feminist religious stories with sex in them don’t have to be very good to catch on.
- People like scandal and conspiracy theories. Also, a lot of people don’t like the Catholic Church because it claims authority and truth and they don’t like either.
Any other thoughts?