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The Da Vinci Hoax: Exposing the Errors in The Da Vinci Code [Paperback]

By Carl E. Olson (Author) & Sandra Miesel (Joint Author)
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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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Discusses the misconceptions and historical errors of The Da Vinci Code while examining early Christian origins, Gnosticism, the role of Constantine in Christian history, and the novel's accusations against the Catholic Church.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Ignatius Press
Pages   329
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.92" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.87"
Weight:   0.78 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2004
Publisher   Ignatius Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  1586170341  
ISBN13  9781586170349  

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Great source for debunking Brown  Sep 19, 2008
Great rebuttal to that ridiculous book The DaVinci Code. Completely tears it apart and shows that there is zero depth to anything Brown claims. In your face, blasphemer!
Good book for what it is.  Sep 12, 2008
It simply lays out the facts and rebutes the Da Vinci Code book. It's interesting in ways, kinda dry in others, but what do you expect? It was worthwhile reading to me.
Nothing but 300 Pages of Garbage  Mar 30, 2008
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  Oct 30, 2007
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  Apr 23, 2007
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.

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