I see it as a point of reference for Christians to use with non-Christians attracted to the movie. I see it like Stoicism in the Roman empire, it has wrong theology, but it also has a good deal of truth. In particular, it contains truth of how the Constantinized Church has used violence to suppress dissension in the past.
As a Swedish Baptist Pietist, influenced by Anabaptism, I can point to how this was wrong and that it was only because of the many historic failure of institutionalized Church that books/movies like the Da Vinci Code can get away with their conspiracy theories. The willingness of many to embrace these sorts of theories is due to the fact that things did go wrong historically. But the problem was not that Christianity failed to embrace the heretical views of Gnosticism, which were far more influenced by Greek philosophy than by the Biblical worldview of Yeshua of Nazareth, but rather that the Church developed bad institutions that gave the emperor too much influence on Bishops and that made heresy a matter of Salvation, rather than a matter of wrong practice.
Gnosticism denies the divinity of Jesus. Jesus was a godly man, not unlike Socrates. This subverts the truth that subverted the Roman Emperor’s claim to divinity or superiority over normal folk. It also leaves open for others to claim that they are just like Jesus, far more divine-like than the others of their time. They can become the One, just like Neo, and all the other Ones that came before him and others that will come after him. And that undermines the Christocentric message and unity of true Christianity. There is no other ”natural” basis for unity than that we may seek to become followers of Christ.
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