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Christian Breaking the Code by Maurice Timothy Reidy, Commonweal, Sep. 13, 2003.
Christian Analysis of Da Vinci Code: What Dan Brown Did Not Tell You – Three Major Errors Plus a Few More
by Darrell L. Bock, Ph.D/, Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary
Christian Christian History Corner: Breaking The Da Vinci Code by Colin Hansen, Christianity Today, Nov. 7, 2003

Aberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or Unorthodox Cracking The Anti-Catholic Code – Part 1 By Carl Olson and Sandra Miesel, writing from a Catholic perspective

The following special Planet Envoy is the first part of a critique and examination of the best-selling novel, The Da Vinci Code. In this opening edition, we examine the success of The Da Vinci Code, the apparent agenda of its author, Dan Brown, the major flaws of the novel, and the Gnostic background and neo-Gnostic beliefs the book relies upon so heavily. Future editions of this critique will discuss Mary Magdalene, Constantine and the Council of Nicaea, Brown’s Christology, the search for the Grail, the Knights of Templar, the Priory of Sion, witchcraft and the Middle Ages, and Leonardo da Vinci and his artwork.

Aberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or Unorthodox Cracking The Anti-Catholic Code – Part 2 By Carl Olson and Sandra Miesel, writing from a Catholic perspective

This second part of Envoy magazine’s special Planet Envoy critique of the best-selling novel examines Brown’s depictions of early Christianity, especially his claims about Jesus Christ, the Emperor Constantine, the supposed reliance of early Christianity on pagan beliefs and rituals, and the Council of Nicaea. As we will see, Brown not only plays fast and loose with the facts, he consistently makes statements that are inaccurate, baseless, and even completely contrary to historical fact.

Christian Cracking The CodePDF file “An Episcopal Priest Debunks The Da Vinci Code” by S. Gregory Jones
Christian Cracks in The Da Vinci Code by Ronald V. Huggins, B.F.A., Th.D.
Secular The Da Vinci Crisis “Dan Brown’s book reveals a crisis of truth in society.” By Thomas S. Hibbs

G. K. Chesterton is reported, somewhat inaccurately, to have remarked that those who cease to believe in God don’t necessarily believe in nothing; instead, they are prone to believe in anything. In his recently published, Truth: A Guide, Simon Blackburn quotes this quip in support of his contention that our culture currently suffers from a crisis of truth. A soft, democratic form of relativism has given our contemporaries a “green light to believe what they like with as much conviction and force as they like.” An influential British philosopher with distaste for religion, Blackburn laments the current forms of dogmatism: “Astrology, prophecy, homeopathy, Feng shui, conspiracy theories, flying saucers, voodoo, crystal balls, miracle-working, angel visits, alien abductions, management nostrums and a thousand other cults dominate people’s minds.” Can we add, and perhaps move to the front of the queue, the cult of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code?

Aberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or Unorthodox A Da Vinci De-Coder "A controversial best-selling novel tries to undermine the foundations of the Christian faith and of the Catholic Church in particular. How should Catholics respond?" By Carl E. Olson and Sandra Miesel, writing from a Catholic perspective. Published in The Catholic Answer, May/June 2004.
Christian The Da Vinci Code: Of Magdalene, Gnostics, the Goddess and the Grail Leadership U portal page to a collection of articles on The Da Vinci Code and related issues
Christian The Da Vinci Code: The Facts Behind The Fiction by Bob Waldrep, Watchman Fellowship
Christian The Da Vinci Code: A Novel Review by Craig L. Blomberg Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary
Christian The Da Vinci Code – Seriously? by Jim Snapp II. "A review of over 30 apparent inaccuracies in a popular work of fiction."
Christian Deciphering “The Da Vinci Code” by Albert Mohler, an author and the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. Crosswalk.com, July 29, 2003

[T]he human characters take a back seat to the grand conspiracy that gives the book its plot, and in that conspiracy is the heresy. “The Da Vinci Code”‘s driving claim is nothing less than that Christianity is based upon a Big Lie (the deity of Christ) used by patriarchal oppressors to deny the true worship of the Divine Feminine. Still hanging in there? If you thought “The Last Temptation of Christ” was explosive, “The Da Vinci Code” is thermonuclear. The book claims that Jesus Christ was married to Mary Magdalene, that a child was born of this marriage, and that Mary and her child fled after the crucifixion to Gaul, where they established the Merovingian line of European royalty. […] Brown has crossed the line between a suspense novel and a book promoting a barely hidden agenda, to attack the Christian church and the Gospel.

Aberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or Unorthodox Dismantling The Da Vinci Code By Sandra Miesel, writing from a Catholic perspective, Crisis, Sep. 1, 2003

So error-laden is The Da Vinci Code that the educated reader actually applauds those rare occasions where Brown stumbles (despite himself) into the truth. […] 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?

Secular How The Da Vinci Code Doesn’t Work The “How Stuff Works” web site addresses errors in The Da Vinci Code.
Christian Jesus Christ as God and the Trinity Was Not Invented Until the Fourth Century? An article at GodAndScience.org answers claims made in The Da Vinci Code
Christian Not InDavincible: A Review and Critique of The DaVinci Code by J.P. Holding
Christian Thanks, Da Vinci Code "Tbe book sends us back to Christianity’s “founding fathers”–and the Bible we share with them" by Chris Armstrong, Christianity Today, Christian History Corner, Nov. 14, 2003

In the face of spurious claims from a man who poses himself as a historian even as he writes a novel (“All descriptions of … documents … in this novel are accurate”), some of you turned to the apostles and church fathers, to see what they and their Bible really had to say about the divinity of Jesus Christ. Anything that leads people back to those dynamic early centuries of the church can only help the Christian cause.

Christian Was Jesus Married? Answering the New Gnostics by Albert Mohler, an author and the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. Crosswalk.com, Nov. 18, 2003
Christian Why discuss a work of fiction? by Lennie Esposito, of Come Let Us Reason Ministries

Well, the short answer is being fictional doesn’t matter. It will still have influence on the way people think about issues. We have numerous examples of this, from the sales jump of Resees Pieces after E.T. came out to the effects of works such as The Green Mile and Cider House Rules on the death penalty and abortion.

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