Da Vinci Code Controversy (Spoiler Alert - Plot Points Discussed)

  1. Anybody read this book? I finally had a chance to read it after learning there have been 10 other books published attempting to discredit it. I also read the "Cracking the Da Vinci Code" companion guide, which seemed to be a fairly unbiased review of the historical facts, or lack thereof, mentioned in the novel.

    Doesn't seem to be much evidence that Mary Magdalene actually married Jesus and had a child with him but, apparently, they had a closer relationship than what's mentioned in the New Testament. Jesus used to, "kiss her on the mouth" and "loved her more than the other disciples" ??? Hmmm ...

    I was utterly fascinated with the historical background on Constantine and the Council of Nicaea which, apparently, is at least somewhat accurate. Sure is different than what they taught me in Catholic school. I actually didn't know about the Arian heresy where people believed Jesus was a mere mortal, and that this belief was somewhat popular at the time, although it was causing conflict with the Christians. Not to mention the fact that the Holy Trinity and determination that Jesus was the divine Son of God really wasn't established until 300 years later, and it might have been a political move to consolidate Constantine's power.

    Then I read an article where the Da Vinci author said he left out evidence alleging that Jesus survived the crucifixion? It really makes you wonder about what you were taught in Sunday school ...

    What do you think?

    Last edit by Sheri257 on May 27, '04
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   Spidey's mom
    I read it too, months ago. It was pretty good but I think I mentioned on another thread about this subject that all the "aah haa!" moments seemed overdone.

    There was a traveling author here locally who did a series about how many mistakes were made in the book. I found her very credible.

    I think the book is a good read but a bunch of hooey.

    steph
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I have it on reserve from my library. I rarely buy books and there is a waiting list for this one, obviously!
  5. by   Sheri257
    Quote from stevielynn
    I read it too, months ago. It was pretty good but I think I mentioned on another thread about this subject that all the "aah haa!" moments seemed overdone.

    There was a traveling author here locally who did a series about how many mistakes were made in the book. I found her very credible.

    I think the book is a good read but a bunch of hooey.

    steph
    The problem with all of this is that "mistakes" could be everywhere. All of this stuff was written thousands of years ago, in many cases years and, even, centuries after it actually happened. It wasn't the information age where there was a reasonable expectation of accuracy. Who knows what really happened?

    I hear they're making a movie out of the book, BTW ...

  6. by   nurseunderwater
    I read it last month and I liked it and I didn't. I had already read Holy Blood, Holy Grail and have studied the Nights Templar, sacred geomety and DaVinci at various times in my life. I thought it put information out in an easy to understand format with some twists and turns that had me going. At the same time the whole harlequin romance theme was a little tedious. I enjoyed the end (minus the whole guy gets grrl piece) and I thought the last few pages were provocative. They made me want to go to Paris and check out the Louve...LOL. Anywho, that's what I thought. A friend has another of his books on tape so I'll be checking it out next.
    Happy Reading,
    Kate
  7. by   Wolfpax
    I read Holy Blood Holy Grail too and kept on falling asleep... seems I prefer the fictional Da Vinci Code novels... Anyway I can see where the posibility exists that Christ had some semblance of a normal life at some point, and there are those missing years in the Bible between age 12 and 33, granted He would have divine abilities but the best understanding of human life is to live as a human... there are some books that say those "Lost years" were in traveling and spreading the word to other lands eg India, China and there are Native American stories of Christ visiting the Americas but that was after the resurrection ... personally I think this stuff is really interesting and I am going to try to get a copy of the book you read
  8. by   laughingfairy
    I really enjoyed the book, as a work of fiction...but that's how I read most books, even nonfiction...LOL...its all about mythology and this one in particular messes with alot of the mythos surrounding the life and times of Jesus of Nazerath. There is bound to be some contraversy...but it was still a nice story.

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