Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The DaVinci Code

Unless you live on planet Mars, you have heard of the best-selling book The DaVinci Code. It has sold almost six million copies!
But why all the fuss? And why has Brown's novel caused such a stir? The story begins with the murder of the Louvre's curator in the museum. But this curator isn't just interested in art; he's also the Grand Master of a secret society known as the Priory of Sion. The Priory guards an ancient secret that, if revealed, would undermine the authority of the church and completely discredit biblical Christianity. Before dying, the curator attempts to pass on the secret to his granddaughter Sophie, a cryptographer, and Harvard professor Robert Langdon, by leaving a number of clues that he hopes will guide them to the truth.
So what's the secret, you ask? The location, and true identity, of the much-sought-after Holy Grail. But in Brown's novel, the Grail is not the cup allegedly used by Christ at the Last Supper. Rather, it's the person of Mary Magdalene, the wife of Jesus, who carried on the royal bloodline of Christ by giving birth to His child! The Priory of Sion carefully guards the secret location of Mary's tomb and serves to protect the bloodline of Jesus that has continued to this day!
But does anyone really take these ideas seriously? Yes; as a matter of fact, they do. This is partly due to the way Brown has written his story. If one sets out to read The Da Vinci Code, the first word he will encounter, in bold uppercase letters, is the word "FACT." Shortly thereafter Brown writes, "All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate. And the average reader, with no special knowledge or training in these areas, will assume the statement is true.
So, what are the facts and how should we respond to those who read the book and believe it to be true? To be able to give an answer you need to first gather facts and find some good resources. So I hope to help people by providing the following:

Here is a link to the books web site: The Da Vinci Code (Book)

The Book will soon be a Movie:The Da Vinci Code (Movie

Here is a great link to a must have resource:
http://www.probe.org/content/view/1281/38/

Here is a great article:
Decoding the Da Vinci Code

Another article:
http://www.probe.org/content/view/1133/47/

As we get closer to the release of the Movie, I will post more links to resources that may prove to be helpful.

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