Monday, May 22, 2006

The Sources Of The Da Vinci Code Movie

The claims about art, history, and religion made in The Da Vinci Code are not original, but are all taken from other works. First there are books of pseudo-history (Holy Blood, Holy Grail; The Templar Revelation) from which every bit of the story connecting Jesus, Mary Magdalene, the Holy Grail-as-Mary, and the Priory of Sion are taken. (Incidentally, the "Priory of Sion" and its list of "grand masters"--as Dan Brown and these other books describe them--have been proven to be frauds originated by a reactionary, anti-Semitic Frenchman in the 1950s.) Dan Brown also depends on speculative and fictional works about Mary Magdalene (The Woman With the Alabaster Jar), from which he takes the notion of Mary as the designated leader of early Christianity. Curiously, Dan Brown never refers to any book of the New Testament nor any of the writings or liturgies of the early Christian Church as he discusses Jesus' identity or what early Christians believed about Jesus. --taken from Our Sunday Visitor (Amy Welborn) For more information about the sources of The Da Vinci Code Movie click here. For the de-bunking the Da Vinci Code website click here. For Amy Welborn's blog, Open Book, click here. For the Our Sunday Visitor website click here.


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