Don't Swallow the 'Da Vinci Code' Nonsense!
Dan Brown's book, The DaVinci Code and the 2006 movie
based on that novel are wildly inaccurate and quite nonsensical views of
"the historical facts" which even atheists and agnostics
do not take seriously. The inaccuracies are too widespread to
tackle here but just to randomly tackle three of them:
Leonardo Da Vinci.
- The 4th century Council of Nicaea did not take a
vote to decide upon the divinity of Jesus. That was already
established by the New Testament writings and by the early
'church fathers.' But the council wished to establish what was
normative because of the influence of heretics. Also the council
did not only narrowly decide in favour of Jesus being divine (the
Son of God), as has been suggested, but decided by a vote of 316
against 2 that the divinity of Jesus was indeed an essential of
- The New Testament formation was not in genuine doubt at the
time of this council and almost two hundred years prior to this
there was already little serious doubt as to which books were
normative for Christian use!
- The idea that there was peace and harmony everywhere within
the Roman Empire until the arguments of Christianity came along
to shatter the peace is so completely unhistorical that it is
actually laughable! On the contrary, the influence of
Christianity after it became an official Roman religion in the
4th century AD was deeply profound as former hideous cruelties
and injustices became softened. The place of women is a very good
example of this; Women were seen as having few rights in the
pagan Roman Empire, especially among the lower class, but
Christianity greatly increased the honour and importance of
women. No good historian doubts this since the historical
evidence is very plain.
These are just some of the wild inaccuracies
which flow from the book and film. Here are links to several
excellent sources which refute the Da Vinci Code claims in much
The 'Mona Lisa.'
The Truth About Da
the Da Vinci Code
a Da Vinci Conspiracy?
Da Vinci Code Nonsense
The Da Vinci Code; Gnosticism and Conspiracy Theories
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