Michael Novak on National Review Online perpetuates the false claim that The Da Vinci Code is the product of secularists. But people who want to reinterpret Christ aren’t secular; they want to believe, and find meaning in their lives, but in new ways. As for secularism, here is a neat definition from Nathan Glazer, in American Judaism (1957):
Scientific technology creates a world filled with material wealth, which offers to every individual the possibility of satisfying his material needs and to every nation the prospect of becoming great and strong. When the fulfilment of life is seen by individuals and nations as the acquisition of possessions, they have abandoned their traditional religionsregardless of what they do on Sunday or how many churches they build.