Gandalf Says the Bible Is Fiction

Ian McKellen on the Today ShowJust in case you didn’t see this, I wanted to put it here. In a Today Show interview last week, Gandalf (a.k.a. Ian McKellen) said that the Bible is fiction. Matt Lauer asked the cast how they would have felt if the DaVinci Code movie had included a disclaimer at the beginning saying that the story was fiction. McKellen replied with the following:

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 (source, video clip).

McKellen has been an outspoken defender of gay rights since he disclosed his own homosexuality in the late 1980’s (source). He has even admitted to ripping the book of Leviticus out of Gideon Bibles that he finds in hotel rooms because of Leviticus’ teaching against homosexuality (source, e.g. Leviticus 20:13).

In another interview, McKellen quipped that the Catholic Church might have reason to be thankful for The DaVinci Code‘s claim that Jesus was married:

I’m very happy to believe that Jesus was married. And I know the Catholic church has problems with gay people, and I thought this would be absolute proof that Jesus was not gay (source).

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7 thoughts on “Gandalf Says the Bible Is Fiction”

  1. What a HOSER! Great…now I’ll never enjoy Lord of the Rings the same way! He should keep his mouth shut…but when do actors ever use discretion.

    How bout those Dixie Chicks?

  2. Frankly, this guy is not the only one to say that the Bible is fiction. You can go read excellent scholarly studies that will tell you the same. Of course, this is not news. The truth has been out since the 19th century. But for Christians, what is truth, when one can have faith… : )

  3. Ian is such a good actor–solid characterization, excellent delivery, impeccable timing. Like so many of his profession, though, his life when not performing is less than stellar.

    Jeff Villard takes a swipe at Christians when he accuses us of rejecting truth in favor of faith. I have faith because of the truth about Jesus. Faith and truth aren’t mutually exclusive, there two peas in a pod!

    I’d encourage anyone who wonders if faith in Christ is based on shakey ground and wishes to clear away the doubts to read Josh McDowell’s THE NEW EVIDENCE THAT DEMANDS A VERDICT. It’s heavy stuff, but it will settle doubts about the reliability of the witness of scripture.

  4. The Hoodlum said the following…

    “What a HOSER! Great…now I’ll never enjoy Lord of the Rings the same way! He should keep his mouth shut…but when do actors ever use discretion.

    How bout those Dixie Chicks?”

    1) McKellan’s observations on faith are between him and God. If he’s a good actor, he’s a good actor, and if you like the movies that he’s in, well, that’s because he does his job well. His job is not to be a PR guy for Christianity. His job is to act. And when people ask him about his personal life, he has every right to express his views as he sees them. He might be wrong (and in this case, he is!), but slamming him because he’s not a Christian, or because he’s vocal about it is simply asinine. On the other hand, slamming him for ripping the book of Leviticus out of Bibles he sees in hotel rooms, that would be valid. But simply stating that he doesn’t believe in something? That’s between him and God, and I’m sure God will have something to say about it. Considering that God’s wrath is far nastier than mine will ever be, I’ll just let him deal with God.

    Insofar as the swipe at the Dixie Chicks, what in the world is that about? They’re not Republicans, and that proves that they’re intelligent, not that they’re not Christians or anything else.

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