THE DA VINCI CODE

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One of my pet peeves is deception. I don't like being lied to. I don't like being manipulated. Either a book is fiction or it is fact. Don't tell me it is fact and then twist the truth into a lie. So if a little of the truth is twisted, why should I believe any of it is true? We often accept things at face value, assuming that it is being offered in an honest way, at face value. Maybe I am naive, but I do not expect deception.
And especially about this topic.
After reading these articles, I hope you will understand why I am so passionate about this book and now the movie.

I have been wondering why there hasn't been a lot of talk about the movie since it has been out. We did go see the movie. My wife had never read the book. She actually laughed at the premise about Jesus (don't want to give away the plot). But she didn't understand the uproar.
I think it is because the movie was not as well done as the book. The movie glanced over many points which were better developed by the book. So, the movie just didn't have the same impact. It didn't have the time to get into your head and twist things around, like the book did. Very interesting.

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Da Vinci Code Movie At a time when conservative Christian groups have been particularly quick to strike back at Hollywood fare they find offensive, Sony Pictures faced a predicament with its coming film "The Da Vinci Code."Should the studio try to mollify the critics who say the "Code" is blasphemy, with its plot describing a church conspiracy to cover up the truth that Jesus married and never rose from the dead? Or should it ignore the complainers, sit back and watch the controversy boost ticket sales? Instead, Sony has decided to hand a big bullhorn to the detractors of "The Da Vinci Code."

The book, The Da Vinci Code, brings up the following questions. Do you know the answers?
-Is Dan Brown's Da Vinci Theory Based On Fact Or Fiction?
-Is All Religion Based On Fabrication?
-Is Christianity Rooted In Paganism?
-Is The Bible An Unreliable Document?
-Were There Eighty Gospels Competing For Inclusion In The New Testament?
-Did Constantine Choose Which Books Belong in the Bible for Political Purposes?
-Did Constantine Convert the World From Matriarchal Paganism to Patriarchal Christianity?
-Are the Gnostic Gospels Reliable Documents?
-Did The God of the Bible Have A Female Goddess Companion?
-Does God's Name "Yhwh" Derive From the Term "Jehovah"?
-Is it True that Jesus Was Not Considered to be God Until the Fourth Century When Constantine "Upgraded" His Status for Political Purposes?
-Was Jesus Married To Mary Magdalene?
-Did Jesus Intend Mary Magdalene to Be the Head of the Church?
-Was Sex a Means of Knowing and Experiencing God in Biblical Times? Did the Church Demonize Sex in Order to Stay in Power?
-Did the Church Propagate Lies That Devalued Females and Tipped the Scales In Favor Of the Masculine?
by Dr. Ron Rhodes, Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries, P.O. Box 2526, Frisco, TX, 75034. 214–618–0912. www.ronrhodes.org.

"...one of the main characters states with a knowing chuckle, “Every faith in the world is based on fabrication.” That’s one heck of a statement to swallow, no matter what your faith or creed. After all, religion isn’t the only thing we have faith in. We have faith in our friends, our family, our teachers, our spouses; are we to assume that these too are based upon fabrication?" A well written and well thought out article, this isn't like most Da Vinci Code detractors.

This article is similar to many of the others which go over the topics of Constantine and the Gospels, the Nag Hammadi documents, the formation of the New Testament canon, Mary Magdalene, was Jesus married and the early churches belief in Jesus' deity.

An interesting article which discusses the Art claims of Dan Brown and many other "errors" in the book. A first glance at the site seems amateurish, but the information contained is great and well written.

The official web site of Opus Dei in the US and their response to Dan Brown's depiction of the organization and the Catholic Church. "We also want to point out that The Da Vinci Code’s depiction of Opus Dei is inaccurate, both in the overall impression and in many details, and it would be irresponsible to form any opinion of Opus Dei based on The Da Vinci Code." Said very diplomatically. The article carefully lays out the "various false impressions" and fills in the blanks. Very impressive. I would have been kicking and screaming.

Vitruvian Man A detailed article exposing the devious intertwining of fact and fiction in "The Da Vinci Code".

More truth about the clever misrepresentation in "The Da Vinci Code".

This article discusses three primary assertions made by the book that are in opposition to beliefs held by the Christian Church:
1. The Bible cannot be trusted,
2. Jesus is not God, nor did the first century church believe him to be,
3. Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and intended to restore the worship of the "goddess".
Are these claims true, or can they be proven false?

"I guess Christians should be flattered. Who knew the Council of Nicea and Mary Magdalene could be this hot? Thanks in large measure to Dan Brown's fictional thriller The DaVinci Code, early church history just can't stay out of the news."
"So the divine Jesus and infallible Word emerged out of a fourth-century power-play? GET REAL."

A short trailer which covers some of the discussion about Brown's novel.

An ABC News Special interview with Dan Brown and other "experts" on the topics of the book. I don't believe this is the entire interview, but it give some insight on how Dan Brown has approached the topics and his personal beliefs.

Contrary to a claim made by a character in Brown’s novel, "The Da Vinci Code", the vast majority of Christians do NOT know the history of their faith. Learn some here.

This article was one of the first written as a challenge to Dan Brown's claims. It has been updated, but continues to be a popular and much copied source for the many points which have been raised about Dan Brown's claims. I also believe this continues to be popular because it is well written and the author has a sense of humor. This is a serious study in Christian beliefs, but not in an academic form, rather in an interesting dialog. Well worth the read.

Da Vinci Code A well written article from a Roman Catholic perspective, documenting many problems with the facts.
"In the end, Dan Brown has penned a poorly written, atrociously researched mess. So, why bother with such a close reading of a worthless novel? The answer is simple: The Da Vinci Code takes esoterica mainstream. It may well do for Gnosticism what The Mists of Avalon did for paganism—gain it popular acceptance. After all, how many lay readers will see the blazing inaccuracies put forward as buried truths?"

"What’s more, in making phony claims of scholarship, Brown’s book infects readers with a virulent hostility toward Catholicism. Dozens of occult history books, conveniently cross-linked by Amazon.com, are following in its wake. And booksellers’ shelves now bulge with falsehoods few would be buying without The Da Vinci Code connection. While Brown’s assault on the Catholic Church may be a backhanded compliment, it’s one we would have happily done without."

A short article showing how inaccurate the book's "experts" really are. But the first page of the book reads, under the bold print headline "Fact": "all descriptions of ...documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate." No way!

"Dan Brown (and not Da Vinci) is simply painting the Jesus and Church history he wishes were real. That it has become so popular tells us how far our culture has strayed from its Christian roots, not (as Brown would have it) how far the Church has strayed from true Christianity." "But again, this is nothing new. Let's skip back a few centuries and view another Dan Brown......"

An excerpt: "Just for the record, I do not believe The Da Vinci Code is going to convert Christians into occultists anymore than The Passion of The Christ converted occultists into Christians. Movies do not have the capability of regenerating or degenerating hearts; they can only accentuate or aggravate what is already there. The power that transforms the lost from death to life comes from the Spirit-filled preaching of God's Word, not from the theater."

"We truly do have an amazing opportunity at our doorstep. Dan Brown has given us a way to talk about spiritual realities that allows us to use the images and the history and even some of the words—the name of Jesus, no less!"

This really has nothing specific about The Da Vinci Code, but is still an amazing article. It is about faith, and what to have faith in. These short articles are by Reverends, people who have religious training and probably make their living at some religious organization. Yet, there is doubt about their basic beliefs. "But there are others—including me on some days—who find the physical resurrection just too much to swallow."

I do not understand what a Christian would believe if they didn't believe in a literally resurrected Lord. Because He lives, I can believe that there is a purpose to my life, trusting that there is a bigger and broader thing to which I am connected. Because He lives, I can look to the future with hope and confidence. Because He lives, I believe I am not alone, that I have the help of someone who cares about me and who wants nothing but the best in my life.

As much information about The Da Vinci Code and Dan Brown as you will find in any one place. And it seems unbiased and fair on all matters, presenting everything without getting into dogma. A warning; if you haven't read the book or seen the movie, this article will spoil it for you. But if you don't have the time for either, this will make you fully informed.

This site fumbles with it's connection with the Da Vinci Code. It discusses the real Scottish Freemasonry and the Knights Templar and their historical background. But it does not give any information in reference to the Da Vinci Code, good or bad, right or wrong. There are some nice pictures of the building with it's amazing architecture. But the site seems phoney, made up. Is it just me?

This is a hoot. Travel the routes taken by the Da Vinci Code characters throughout the story, including New York, Paris, Rome, London and Scotland. Visit all the places tied to the book. The trips are laid out by Fodor's, and follow the plot of the book, with info on how to get to the places and suggestions on where to stay, if not at the specific place in the book. They are not selling anything, but it does look like a lot of fun. If anyone needs two companions, and wants to pay, we would love to go.


By James L. Garlow & Peter Jones / Cook Communications

Confronting the blockbuster novel's heresy with Christian theology, Garlow and Jones trace Brown's misguided hypothesis back to its roots, revealing pagan influences in today's culture! 256 pages, softcover.


By Erwin W. Lutzer / Tyndale House

Was Jesus really married to Mary Magdalene? Did they have children? Is Dan Brown's bestseller based on historical research, creative imagination---or both? Respected theologian Lutzer examines the blurred "facts" behind The Da Vinci Code, clarifies issues involved in the deception, and equips readers with the truth. Includes group discussion guide. 128 pages, softcover from Tyndale.


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