Gandalf: the Bible should have a “fiction” disclaimer

(via NewsBusters)

Lauer took the bull of controversy more directly by the horns when he interviewed the cast and director Howard today. Said 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.”

Beautiful answer to the question asked.

One does have to wonder about the mindset of people that would call for something like that. What kind of satisfaction would a “fiction” disclaimer have given them? I really can’t imagine it.

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