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The Da Vinci Code: From Dan Brown's Fiction to Mary Magdalene's Faith Paperback – 21 Jan 2006

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Focus (21 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845501217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845501211
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 11.2 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 807,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Garry Williams is the Director of the John Owen Centre at London Theological Seminary and Visiting Professor of Historical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia). His doctorate was on Hugo Grotius's work 'De satisfactione Christi' and he continues to research and write at an academic level mainly on the doctrine of the atonement. His popular-level writing focuses on trying to bring to life for the Christian church some of the riches of historical and systematic theology.

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"Given all the current hype and hoo-hah about Dan Brown's spectacularly successful novel, The Da Vinci Code, it's a pleasure to be able to recommend this little book ... In just over sixty pages, Garry guides the reader through the major historical and theological implications of Brown's work, and offers a thoughtful response from a historic Christian perspective. Dealing with everything from the Nicene Creed to the conventions of Renaissance art, Dr Williams guides the reader through the many problems in Brown's book; but, more that that, he points the reader to the Gospels and to the real Christ. Concise, well-written and chock full of insight, this is an ideal book for reading and for giving away." (Carl R. Trueman ~ Paul Woolley Professor of Historical Theology and Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)


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In this delightful little book, Garry Williams provides more than enough evidence that Dan Brown's novel is indeed best read as a fictional account that is VERY loosely based on the bible stories. So I found myself agreeing with virtually everything in the first half, which focuses on The Da Vinci Code.

Where this got really interesting for me was Chapter 2, starting with the following questions on p38:

"What happens when we subject the Gospels of the New Testament to the same kind of scrutiny? Can they stand up to examination? Is there any reason to believe that their picture of Jesus Christ is true?" The questions are good. But I have to disagree with the answers that follow.

Garry notes that we have a huge number of ancient Christian manuscripts. Which is true. But we have a huge number of copies of the Da Vinci Code as well, and these are full of errors as Garry notes in the first half of the book. So the number of copies is irrelevant - what matters is the reliability of the original document from which the copies were made. And this is where the Gospels fall over, just as the Da Vinci Code falls over. Actually more so. There's much to be said here, but I'll focus for now on three points.

First, as Garry notes on p48: "It is thus likely that there would have been an early move to write an account of the life and teaching of Jesus". Which is clearly true. If the Gospel stories were true, and there really had been a guy wandering around the Galilee region 2,000 years who fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish, and who came back to life after being crucified, then yes, somebody would surely have written about it. But the problem is...
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This is a great. Short, easy to read. Accurate historical information easily presented. Sorts the facts from the fiction behind Dan Brown's book.
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If you find the Da Vinci code intriguing, but don't want to spend days researching the background - this will help separate the history from the fiction; 30-60 minutes to read & clearly presented.
Don't think I've got anything against Dan Brown's book - it's a reasonable novel - and this author doesn't attack it either, he's simply out to provide background to the real history.
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With the film of Brown's fiction out interest rose concerning his most successful novel which Williams says had earned Brown 140 million pounds by the end of 2004. Willliams lectures on church history and is well qualified to debunk Brown's fiction. He shows why, contra Brown, the church has not down played the humanity of Jesus nor the importance of Mary Magdalene.

This is a short but very effective book. It shows why the New Testament is a reliable witness to Jesus. Brown is not even a reliable interpreter of the Gnostic sources he cites in his fiction.

Williams encourages readers to go back to the real sources on Jesus, the gospels to find the real truth. Read Williams, read the gospels and discover the truth. This book is an excellent resource to give to anyone interested in the Christian faith anyone who may be intrigued and led astray by Brown's popular fiction.
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