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 The Fact Page of 'The Da Vinci Code':

FACT:

The Priory of Sion -
a European secret society founded in
1099 - is a real organization.
In 1975 Paris's Bibliotheque Nationale
discovered parchments known as Les
Dossiers secrets, identifying numerous
members of the Priory of Sion, including
Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo,
and Leonardo da Vinci.

The Vatican prelature known as Opus
Dei is a deeply devout Catholic
sect that has been the topic of recent
controversy due to reports of brain-
washing, coercion, and a dangerous
practice known as "corporal mortification."
Opus Dei has just completed construction
of a $47 million National Headquarters at
243 Lexington Avenue in New York City.

All descriptions of artwork, architecture,
documents, and secret rituals in this novel
are accurate.

I have never watched or read Dan Brown's 'The Da Vinci Code', but as a Christian I have always been interested in the story, and what all the fuss was about. I have done a fair bit of amateur biblical studies over the years, and would describe myself as apologetic, so I feel I can reliably distinguish for myself truth from misinterpretation.

I had some free time this weekend and stumbled across some literature about 'this shocking novel that would rock the Christian world', so I took some time to explore it. Armed with nothing more than Wikipedia and internet access I have satisfactorily read all the 'disturbing arguments' put forward by Mr Browns characters, had a look on a few websites and found the facts as portrayed in the novel to be at best extremely misleading in their context, and at worst to be totally inaccurate. And this is only at a cursory glance. This makes a novel claiming to be based on facts nothing more than an entertaining story. Like Harry Potter. It contains no amazing revelations, no groundbreaking theories that have been suppressed over the years, no proof that Mary Magdalene had Jesus' lovechild. Just a good story based on bastardised facts and assumptions.

In case your are assuming that I am an irrational happy-clappy bible basher, an hour of independent research anywhere on the internet will tell you that:

  • The Priory of Sion was formed in 1956, not 1099.
  • The Priory of Sion was formed by convicted French con artist Pierre Plantard, not a French king called Godefroi de Bouillon.
  • Les Dossier Secret are proven forgeries planted in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris by Plantard.
  • The final canon of the Holy Bible was finalised many, many years before Constantine was even alive.
  • Jesus has always, in every single instance in both the Old and the New Testament being viewed as the Son of God, and indeed God himself.
  • John the Young is widely recognised as the person to the right of Jesus in Da Vinci's Last Supper, not Mary Magdalene.
  • Sir Isaac Newton has always been regarded as a devout believer of the Bible and Creation.
  • There are not 666 panes of glass in the pyramid at the entrance to the Louvre, in Paris.

There is a massive amount of contradictory material, which is both amusing and astounding in its arrogant assumption that nobody would bother to crosscheck at least some of the supposed facts used to apparently debunk thousands of years of Christian history. The more independent material I read the sorrier I felt for anyone who actually got conned into believing that any of this could possibly be true.

The author's website now states that the book is a novel, and therefore a work of fiction. No kidding! He now distances himself from what the characters state as absolute facts and says that the reader must make up their own minds as to what is fact or fiction. The fact page at the front of the book is not actually facts as such (anymore!), more a statement that the documents quoted exist. A pitiful way of saying 'I've been busted, but there ain't no way I'm admitting it!' This is commonly referred to as a cop-out. Read the Da Vinci Code, research all the 'facts' presented and come to your own informed conclusion. My research took an hour to reveal the books central theories to be nothing more than cunning stories lines that were bound to provoke, and propel the novel into a best-seller. If ever a person needs proof of the historical accuracy of the Bible, then the Da Vinci Code is it.

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