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Overview The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown's best selling novel, purports to be more than fiction: it claims to be based on fact and scholarly research. Brown wants his readers to believe that he is revealing the long-concealed truth about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and early Christianity, a truth that he says has been suppressed by the malevolent and conspiratorial forces of the Catholic Church. The novel alleges that there has been throughout history a secret group of true followers of a Gnostic Jesus and his wife, Mary Magdalene, the true "Holy Grail". Almost everything most Christians and non-Christians think they know about Jesus, according to Dan Brown, is completely wrong, the result of Catholic propaganda designed to hide the truth from the world. But are The Da Vinci Code's claims fact or just plain fiction? Is the novel well-researched as claimed? What is the truth about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and the early Church? Has the Catholic Church distorted the real Jesus? Why is the novel so popular? What about the anti-Catholic, anti-Christian agenda behind the novel? Best selling author Carl Olson and journalist Sandra Miesel answer these and other important questions. Their painstaking research into The Da Vinci Code and its sources reveals some surprising truths. No one who has read or heard about The Da Vinci Code should miss this provocative and illuminating new book.
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Studio: Ignatius Press
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Release Date May 31, 2006
Publisher Ignatius Press
ISBN 5558342447 ISBN13 9785558342444
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Nothing but 300 Pages of Garbage Nov 30, 1999
This book is nothing but 300 pages of two angry Christians ranting about how upset they are Dan Brown wrote a book about Jesus. Anyone who shows interest in Brown's opinion or agrees with him is portrayed as fool hearty and idiotic and those that agree with them are level headed respectable people. The Da Vinci Code is not meant to ruin Christianity and was not a way for Dan Brown to fight the Christian faith but you would never get that impression by reading this piece of lethargic whining. I could probably write a book on the problems with THIS book!
Thorough and interesting Nov 30, 1999
I've read The DaVinci Code. I've always considered the book to be a finely written piece of fiction. I enjoyed reading it. Even while I read it, I thought, "This is a brilliant idea! Take all these crazy consipiracy theories and come up with a fictional who-done-it. Costner did the same thing with the Kennedy assasination."
I didn't take any of the claims in the book to be truthful at all. I'm skeptical of conspiracy theories. It's easy to claim a conspiracy because, as you well know, the evidence is either suppressed or destroyed. If you can't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that it's a conspiracy, then it's a conspiracy.
The DaVinci Hoax is well-written and researched. The background provided on pagan religions, the Council of Nicea, and Constantine are concise and helpful to anyone looking for a nice overview of these topics. I have a better understanding of the early history of Christianity after reading this book.
The fact that this book is written by two Catholics is important to note. I agree that The DaVinci Code is anti-Catholic, so it's important to read what Catholics have to say. It's a very important work of Catholic apologetics.
For the record, I'm a Methodist with Emergent leanings.
True research Nov 30, 1999
This book is a prime example of properly done research. Every fact substantiated, every statement followed up by a reference, and every aspect of "DaVinci Code" examined in minute detail. This is what true research should look like. To all the conspiracy buffs out there this work should be a mandatory reading. Highly recommended even despite the fact that the chapters on Priory of Sion and the Templars are somewhat dragging.
The Final Word on the Da Vinci Code Nov 30, 1999
The tremendous exposure given to Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code (no doubt to reach a frenzied pitch with the soon release of the film based on Brown's novel), its claim to present a truer accout of Christian history than that given by the Church, and the confusion it has caused among many Christians has necessitated a Christian response. Indeed there has been many such responses but the sheer volume of falsehoods passed off as known facts in Brown's writing makes even the cataloguing of the mistakes a herculean task. Thus the books written in response tend either to be point-by-point lists of Brown's claims with refutations (these are useful as supplementary material but tend to be disjointed and as exciting to read as stereo instructions) or more methodical works that limit their scope and seek to cut off Brown at the foundational level.
A notable exception to this is The Da Vinci Hoax by Catholic authors Carl E. Olson and Sandra Miesel. In an exhaustive survey of Brown's "research", they do a masterful job of examining every facet of The Da Vinci Code's often self-contradictory claims and exposes each historical inaccuracy, unwarranted assumption, and logical fallacy to the light and leaves Brown's much discussed theories in tatters. It is quite clear that the errors in the book are so egregious and the evidence to the contrary so overwhelming that one strains to see how any reasonably intelligent person could come up with such nonsense. The clear implication is that the book is not so much the result of an honest historical investigation presented in novel form as a blatant attack upon the credibility of Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular. Indeed, the after effects of the controversy as measured in doubts engendered in many Christians may be with us long after Brown's work has been relegated to the trash heap occupied by other sensationalistic pop conspiracy theories.
Olson and Miesel leave virtually no stone unturned in their thorough exposure of Brown's thesis. After an initial introduction outlining the scope of the phenomnon and the importance of the Church to vigorously defend the faith against it, they, in successive chapters, investigate the facts concerning gnosticism, Mary Magdalene, early Christians beliefs concerning Jesus, and the facts concerning Constantine and the events surrounding the Council of Nicea. Once the facts on these matters is given, there is little room for belief in any of the crackpot conspiracy theories Brown tries to peddle off as representative of contemporary scholarly research.
Where does Dan Brown stand once it is known that the gnostic writings he cites were written centuries after the New Testament books? Where is the conspiracy against Mary Magdalene when she was held in high esteem by those whom Brown contends slandered her? What is the role of Constantine once it is established that all sides at Nicea believed Christ was somehow divine but the argument was over the nature of His divinity? How is it that the silencing of the "sacred feminine" took place during and after Nicea when the popularity of gnosticism had collapsed long before of its own inherent weaknesses? By the end of the fourth chapter the edifice which Brown constructed has been shown to have been built upon sand and the authors have unleashed a mammoth earthquake to leave it in ruins.
Just to leave no doubt in the matter, Olson and Meisel then turn to the whole medieval fantasy of the Knights Templar and the Priory of Sion. At this point, Brown's foundation has already have crumbled and now the authors begin to crush the debris. The coup de grace is when Brown's alleged evidence for the Priory of Sion contention is shown to be an admitted hoax concocted by a French con artist named Pierre Plantard. This is not controversial news - it was exposed in a BBC documentary years ago and was widely known among those who had investigated the matter. That Brown would not have come across this information if he had done any level of serious research is simply unthinkable and underscores the disingenious elements behind the entire project. The authors then close by examining the remaining claims that do not fit into any of the previously discussed categories.
The overall effect is a total destruction of any credibility in Dan Brown's work. Given the great amount of unjustified attention given to The Da Vinci Code and the importance of the matter for the Church, a comprehensive refutation was a necessity. Olsen and Miesel have done the entire Church a great service and may have written the final word on the matter. Certainly this is essential reading for all concerned with the frenzy surrounding this latest cultural phenomenon.
Debunking or jumping on the bandwagon? Nov 30, 1999
One of the reviewers here asked the question whether Dan Brown actually believed all the nonsense he put into "The Da Vinci Code?" and concludes "If he did, he was a fool. If he didn't, he was a charlatan." I think the matter is more insidious than that. Mr. Brown did write his book - pretty slipshod, if you ask me - with a tram ticket to the bank in his pocket. His line of defence will always be: "It's fiction people, just fiction! Poetic license, so don't get yourself worked up!" Nothing wrong with the fiction part, of course, but getting worked up is what keeps the cash-register ringing.
This man didn't just tell a story, in which case it would be only a matter of telling whether it is a good or a bad story. (The story is lousy; some two hundred years ago a critic stated, that there is in all the gospels not even enough space to squeeze in a knife to find something in it that could yield a good visual for a story. Whatever is good in Mr. Brown's book, he had to make it up himself.) No, what we have here is a cold-blooded speculation on the wallets of a certain type of reader. The type of reader who discusses a piece of fiction as a statement of fact. I am not saying this is the reader's fault. What I am saying is, the reader who fits the profile is the credulous New Ager's type and the believer disappointed by his faith.
The operative word is "profile." Dan Brown, or his agent, or the publisher, had a clear understanding what kind of reader was about to lap up his book. And they obviously got it right.
Nov 30, 1999
The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown's best selling novel, purports to be more than fiction: it claims to be based on fact and scholarly research. Brown wants his readers to believe that he is revealing the long-concealed truth about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and early Christianity, a truth that he says has been suppressed by the malevolent and conspiratorial forces of the Catholic Church. The novel alleges that there has been throughout history a secret group of true followers of a Gnostic Jesus and his wife, Mary Magdalene, the true "Holy Grail". Almost everything most Christians and non-Christians think they know about Jesus, according to Dan Brown, is completely wrong, the result of Catholic propaganda designed to hide the truth from the world.
But are The Da Vinci Code's claims fact or just plain fiction? Is the novel well-researched as claimed? What is the truth about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and the early Church? Has the Catholic Church distorted the real Jesus? Why is the novel so popular? What about the anti-Catholic, anti-Christian agenda behind the novel?
Best selling author Carl Olson and journalist Sandra Miesel answer these and other important questions. Their painstaking research into The Da Vinci Code and its sources reveals some surprising truths. No one who has read or heard about The Da Vinci Code should miss this provocative and illuminating new book.