“My hope for The Da Vinci Code was, in addition to entertaining people, that it might serve as an open door for readers to begin their own explorations and rekindle their interest in topics of faith.” Comments from Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code.
Experts agree: Dan Brown got most of his facts wrong. According to the Dallas Morning News, yes, it’s fiction, but author’s “fact” claims irritate scholars.
Religion scholars have been whacking The Da Vinci Code like a low-hanging piñata. The swings have come from establishment Christianity – the Vatican and the Archbishop of Canterbury – and from the fringes of the faith – a member of the liberal Jesus Seminar and the agnostic historian Bart Ehrman.
At least 44 books debunking The Da Vinci Code are for sale at Amazon.com, several written by serious academics or well-known pastors. And with the movie starring Tom Hanks scheduled to open in a little over a week, surely more are in the pipeline. All of which leaves this question unanswered: Why bother?
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”It tries to reduce Jesus to a great religious figure, one among many, rather than being a unique figure who is uniquely divine.” Biblical scholar Darrell Bock, author of Breaking The Da Vinci Code, commenting on the best-selling book, The Da Vinci Code.
The Da Vinci Code movie, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks, is set for box office release by Columbia Pictures on May 19. The upcoming movie is seen by many Christians as an opportunity to both educate the masses regarding the truths within the bible and to best defend the reputation of Jesus Christ. In fact, Christians believe Jesus’ reputation is on the line if many of the assumptions within the best-selling book and upcoming movie are not debunked in the near future. However, the only way to truly debunk the myths within the book and the movie is to educate the masses regarding the historical reliability of the biblical gospels.
According to best-selling author Dan Brown’s Web site, The Da Vinci Code is a murder mystery. A cryptographer and symbologist join forces to gather clues that were left behind by the murder victim, but to some, it is not that simple. The book has sparked debates about the legitimacy of Western and Christian history. The central claim Brown’s novel makes about Christianity is that “almost everything our fathers taught us about Christ is false.”
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