The Da Vinci Code
Many people have been asking about Dan Brown's book, The Da Vinci Code. Approximately 7 million copies have been sold and plans have been made for a movie, based on this book, to be released in 2005. Brown asserts that the claims made in his book are based upon teachings maintained and promoted by certain secret societies. The basic premise of The Da Vinci Code is that the Christian Church is hiding certain secrets, which if they are revealed, would discredit the Faith. Brown claims that the secret is that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and fathered children with her and that the bloodline of Jesus has continued to this day! Brown further claims that Leonardo Da Vinci included in his art clues to this teaching. He further claims that secret societies still exist to protect both this secret and the descendants of Jesus.
This book is just one more in a series of attacks on the Christian Faith. Brown mixes fiction and fact to develop his theory of the secret. In fact, the very first word in his book is Fact. He cleverly takes a few facts, interweaves them with much fiction, and develops his theory of a secret bloodline.
It is true that secret societies did exist and still exist. These secret societies were offshoots of Gnosticism, a religious philosophical system that predated Christianity but later incorporated Christian thought into its system. Gnostics entered the Church without revealing their true beliefs and secretly worked to win converts. They claimed that they had secret knowledge about God and Jesus that the Apostles had passed on. Gnosticism and its myths were exposed by the Holy Fathers and by the third century had ceased to be a serious threat to the Church. They did, however, continue and some of their writings still can be found today.
These secret societies always sought to destroy the Church with their myths. Dan Brown�s book is just an attempt to exploit these attacks on the Church in order to produce a best seller.
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