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 at 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 an exciting story based on bastardised facts and assumptions.
The ‘Fact’ Page of The Da Vinci Code:
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
Until recently I had 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. A book that finally reveals the suppressed truth about Jesus Christ, that has been hidden from mortal men for generations by a secret cabal of guardians, who were chosen to guard ‘the truth about Jesus’ in order to protect Christianity as we know it… it sounded monumental! Or an excellent marketing ploy… naturally I had to know which it was. 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. Time to get digging…
Shocking facts or clever storytelling?
In case you are are assuming that I am an irrational religious zealot, with no respect for fact and logic, consider this: an hour of independent research anywhere on the internet will show you that:
- The Priory of Sion was formed in 1956, not 1099, as stated in the story.
- The Priory of Sion was formed by convicted French con artist Pierre Plantard, not a French king called Godefroi de Bouillon. This hoax is well researched and documented by real historians.
- Les Dossier Secrets are proven forgeries planted in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris by Plantard. They were not discovered by the library (as per the story) but by members of The Priory of Sion. In other words, the people associated with these documents also happened to find them!
- The final canon of the Holy Bible was finalised many, many years before Constantine was even alive. The story about Constantine inventing Christian history to suit his own purposes falls apart here.
- 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. Again, Brown’s theory that a mere man such as Christ was reinvented as God by Constantine makes no sense when examining real history.
- John the Young is widely recognised as the person to the right of Jesus in Da Vinci’s Last Supper, not Mary Magdalene. Nothing to explain here – fiction was used.
- Sir Isaac Newton has always been regarded as a devout believer of the Bible and Creation. Also, in order to believe that Newton was a Grand Master of the Priory of Sion you would have to believe that every ounce of evidence pointing to Plantaard being a fraud is actually incorrect. This is irrational and has no logical, scientific or historical accuracy.
- There are not 666 panes of glass in the pyramid at the entrance to the Louvre, in Paris. Simply false Hollywood story telling.
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.
Tunes are changed…
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. A serious author would do research into his subject matter, especially when representing it as non-fictional ‘fact’. No excuses for the level of inaccuracy.
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 book’s 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.
Verdict: More Piltdown Man than Dead Sea Scrolls.