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The Claims of The DaVinci Code

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As there have been many requests for information regarding the claims of The DaVinci Code, I would like to direct readers to the following posts.

Claim: The four Gospels were chosen from 80 other gospels.
I discuss this claim in What About All the Other “Gospels?” Part 1

Claim: Jesus was married to Mary Magdelene and left the church in her charge.
I discuss this claim in What About All the Other "Gospels?" Part 2

Claim: Pre-Biblical documents tell the true story of Jesus and Mary and are located in Mary's tomb.
I discuss this claim in What About All the Other "Gospels?" Part 3

Claim: The New Testament scriptures are unreliable.
I discuss this claim in The Reliability of the New Testament Scriptures and A Survey of New Testament Documents and The God Who Wasn't There, Part 2

Claim: Leonardo's The Last Supper contains visual clues to the secret of Jesus' marriage to Mary Magdalene.
I discuss this claim in The Last Supper.

Some additional recommended resources:

Biblical scholar Dr. Craig Blomberg has done two excellent lectures related to the claims of The DaVinci Code, available for download here:
The DaVinci Code (Part 1): Was There a Plan to Suppress "Secret" Gospels?
The DaVinci Code (Part 2): Was There a Conspiracy to Concoct a Divine Jesus?

Also, Stand To Reason has produced a great 10-page PDF document addressing The DaVinci Code, available here:
http://www.str.org/site/DocServer/5-6_2006_SG.pdf?docID=961

CNN refutes The DaVinci Code!
Click here to read a decent article on CNN.com dealing with the credibility of the claims of The DaVinci Code.

CBS 60 Minutes debunks Priory of Sion!
Click here to read an article at cbsnews.com detailing the forged origin of Priory of Sion documents used by Dan Brown in his 'historical' research for The DaVinci Code (thanks BB for the link).

US News & World Report sets the record straight!
Click here to read an article at usnews.com generally outlining the historically incorrect claims of the DaVinci Code and the corrections to them.

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  1. This sort of stuff makes disproving the DVC easy, so easy that even CNN can do it. But unfortunately people are still believing this stuff.

    Apparently, the next group Brown will go after in his sequel will be the Masons. Wow, they’ve never been targeted for any sort of conspiracy theories, wonder how he’ll pull that one off.

    I sort of wish he’d go after the Islam. Nothing makes you double check your facts like a fatwa calling for your head on a stick (see also Salman Rushdie).

    – BishopBooyah

    bishopbooyah

    May 3, 2006 at 11:03 am

  2. Glad you posted those Blomberg links. I wasn’t aware of the MacLaurin Institute, and I’m always on the lookout for good audio lectures (to capture and listen to on my long commute). I see a lot of good stuff there.

    Scott Pruett

    May 4, 2006 at 11:07 am

  3. Why should he go after the Islam? At least the Islam’s faith is consistent, unlike the Catholics beliefs.

    fatfingur

    May 16, 2006 at 9:49 am

  4. Fatfingur,

    I don’t really have a judgement about whether Brown should or should not pursue in his next novel. As far as I know, the next novel has been announced as pertinent to Freemasonry and American history. However, I do wonder what you mean exactly about Islam being more consistent than Catholicism. Would you care to elaborate?

    Thanks for your comment,

    CB

    CB

    May 16, 2006 at 12:54 pm

  5. It certainly would not be hard for him to go after the Masons. Do a little research and you will find all sorts of surprising things.

    BW

    June 15, 2006 at 3:35 am

  6. He already did go after Muslims. Check out Angels and Demons. An Arab “Muslim” character is the analogue to the albino character from Da Vinci Code.

    See also: holy blood, holy grail
    juan cole on the da vinci code

    In terms of Islam being more consistent, I’m not sure exactly what fatfingur had in mind but I think I would probably tend to agree. I think that across the Muslim world there is a much greater sense of unity and consistency on multiple levels. The biggest split in Islam is between Sunnis and Shias but they follow the same Quran, follow the same 5 pillars, have largely similar theologies on the basics. I think that Muslims can have greater confidence that the religion has been transmitted faithfully to the present day.

    Jesus was a more secretive figure than Muhammad with a shorter career. The whole idea of a secret alternative tradition is more of an issue in Christianity than in Islam.

    abdul-halim

    July 8, 2006 at 1:43 am

  7. im not sure what all the debate is about which religion is more consistent as far as i can see it doesnt matter what religion you belong to they are all going to be inconsistent.In every religion since they have been around you will never find two people that agree on every issue,nor will you ever find a relligion that doesnt have its fair share of crazed radicals.so all this talking about which religion is more consistent is futile.

    Pabs

    January 5, 2007 at 9:25 pm

  8. While the ideas are all relevant in counter-discussing the DVC, it still remains questionable that what YOU speak is truth. Records of this time period are sort of “iffy”, and the Catholic Church did so much to cover things up back then, that any knowledge has it’s loop holes and inconsistencies. Whether Brown is right or wrong is irrelevant. I’m a gnostic individual, and I know that Brown’s story is fictional. Likewise, I also see the Biblical stories as being metaphor to the truth. There’s many things within Greek mythology that are directly mimicked from the Bible. Check out the story of Mithras, the Pagan Sun God, and the Greek Dionisys-Osiris stories. There’s clues within all of this that show the possibility of plagiarism in Christianity. In fact, the Church had originally called it “diabolical mimicry” in the sense that the Devil foreshadowed the future and plagiarized the story of Christ with Mithras. Please, email me, as I would like to discuss certain things with you. I hope I can learn more from your knowledge, other than what you’ve posted in your blogs.

    – Take care
    – John

    John

    March 12, 2007 at 4:00 am


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