John McGreevy's Question
Cathleen Kaveny May 15, 2006 - 6:53pm
John McGreevy's post, below, got mixed up with all sorts of questions about bloggers, and responses, and alternative magisteria. Good stuff, all of it. But his question got lost. It's a good question. Let's look at it again --leaving aside the other stuff: "Isn't the cultural history question this: how did the most popular novel in history, which posits a ludicrous (yet epic) conspiracy protected by the Church, take off in the most "Christian" of industrialized nations?" 85 percent of Amermicans identify themselves as Christians. How are most people thinking about the book/the movie? Anyone seen a Gallup poll on this/?A good friend of mine, a brilliant Jesuit, read the book on the plane coming back from Europe. "It is intoxicating," he said. . . . . of course it is completely false." And that was that. The best plane novel ever. No biggie.Is that how most people think about it? Do we know statistics?What do Peter, Peggy and Joe K think? How about Tim?
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Cathleen Kaveny is the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor in the Theology Department and Law School at Boston College.