Item description for Exploring the Da Vinci Code: Investigating the Issues Raised by the Book and Movie by Lee Strobel & Garry Poole...
Overview This guide will help Christians and seekers wrestle with key issues raised by The Da Vinci Code book and movie, gently leading them toward conclusions that are consistent with historic Christianity.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.6" Width: 4.1" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.13 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2006
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310273722 ISBN13 9780310273721 UPC 025986273729
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More About Lee Strobel & Garry Poole
Lee Strobel was the award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and is the best-selling author of The Case for Faith, The Case for Christ, and The Case for a Creator, all of which have been made into documentaries by Lionsgate. With a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale, Lee wrote 3 Gold Medallion winners and the 2005 Book of the Year with Gary Poole. He and his wife live in Colorado. Visit Lee's website at: www.leestrobel.com.
Lee Strobel currently resides in West Dundee, in the state of Illinois. Lee Strobel was born in 1952.
Lee Strobel has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Exploring the Da Vinci Code: Investigating the Issues Raised by the Book and Movie?
Exposing the Da Vanci Code May 13, 2008
A great book exploring many seekers' questions relating to the Bible that the Da Vinci Code raises. A nonbeliever may believe that the Da Vinci Code has revealed some sort of "secret truths," but that's simply not true. For more on this, read this book...
A little disappointed... Aug 31, 2006
After reading the Da Vinci Code, I wanted a book that could debunk the falsehoods presented in Dan Brown's book. I turned to this book only to find a cursory overview of some of the fallacies presented in the Da Vinci Code. This book was really similar, only on a much more concise basis, to Stobel's The Case for Christ. I would keep looking if you're looking for an in-depth analysis of the Da Vinci Code.
Typical Strobel book... Aug 7, 2006
If you have read any of Lee Strobel's recent books, you will be very familiar with this format. Though Garry Poole is a co-author for this one, they utilize Strobel's analytical, evidence-oriented approach to considering key questions related to The Da Vinci Code phenomenon. The book is more like a booklet and can be easily read in one sitting.
What I like about this book is that the authors did not try to reach the conclusion, like some other DVC debunkers, that Dan Brown is the anti-Christ and his book is the worst pile of rubbish every written. I haven't even read The Da Vinci Code, but I get frustrated by Christian critics who overhype its importance and influence.
In contrast, Strobel and Poole manage to strike a healthy balance by critiquing Brown's truth claims (and he does make truth claims, even in the midst of a fictional work) that are simply erroneous while admitting that it is an engaging tale, which has been confirmed by the millions of readers.
In any case, the movie was widely panned and seems to be a flop, so the would-be earth-shattering influence of the book is waning. This rebuttal book is short and sweet, offering little profundity. Nonetheless, I was glad to have read it, as I relearned a few interesting tidbits about the history of the church.
The Case Against the Da Vinci Code May 8, 2006
Similar to Lee Strobel's "Case for..." books, Exploring the Da Vinci Code takes an investigative approach interviewing Christian scholars about controversial issues. The book is an adapted form of the interviews Strobel conducted for the DVD of his Discussing the Da Vinci Code Curriculum Kit. It is essentially the same material with added commentary throughout.
Authors Lee Strobel and Gary Poole boiled the issues down to four categories and interviewed a scholar to deal with each of them. In chapter one, the topic of historical analysis is discussed with historian Paul Maier. The second chapter poses the question "Can we trust the four Gospels?" to New Testament scholar Scot McKnight. Strobel interviews Kathy McReynolds in chapter three about the role of women in Christianity and Jesus' relationship with Mary Magdalene. The final chapter deals with the divinity of Jesus with scholar Mark Strauss.
Just like the discussion guide for the curriculum, the book has questions for reflection interspersed throughout its pages. In the back of the book, again just like the guide, are several appendices that recommend further resources, state the facts, and give arguments for the true identity of Jesus that is affirmed by historic Christianity.
Strobel is known for his investigative journalist approach, which he applied well in these interviews. He asks good questions that provoke good responses form the reputable scholars. Those who enjoyed his "Case for..." books will also enjoy this light read. Though it somewhat deals with "the sacred feminine," it does not really deal with the underlying pagan worldview of Dan Brown's novel. For the most part though, Exploring the Da Vinci Code is a useful little book that shows many of the problems with The Da Vinci Code.
Here's the TRUTH about the Da Vinci code May 5, 2006
Yale Law school trained author Strobel provides a refreshing review of issues raised in the popular Da Vinci Code novel. He uses his skill as a former investigative reporter to interview 4 experts about claims made in the Da Vinci Code. Together, the authors provide a clear, concise, articulate summary of major themes in the Da Vinci Code and investigate whether the issues are based on fact or fiction. If you have read the Da Vinci code and wonder whether the Priory of Sion and the Gnostic Gospels are fact or fiction, or whether Constantine really suppressed truth about Christ, or whether Jesus promoted the "sacred feminine", here is your answer. Enjoy!