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Resource for debunking the historical claims of the Da Vinci Code

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A Coptic Orthodox theologian did a series on it, but it's in Arabic.
I'm wondering if any of you know of any good resource in English
 

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Wasn’t it fiction to begin with? Did the author make actual claims?
 

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Wasn’t it fiction to begin with? Did the author make actual claims?
The book is fiction, but it riffed off apocryphal claims that predate it by a long time. Of course the author would make no claims one way or another; that would leave him open to personal criticism :cool: There have been a number of books offering the facts and the origins of the fiction. Probably the best out there is The Truth Behind the Da Vinci Code by Richard Abanes. It's short, solidly researched, and very readable.
 

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One of the main sources of pseudo-history for Davinci Code is Holy Blood, Holy Grail. It is filled with suppositions and, if you know a shred of history, is quite funny.
 

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Wasn’t it fiction to begin with? Did the author make actual claims?
Claim 1: Constantine ordered the council of Nicaea to invent the idea that Jesus is God
Claim 2: Jesus was in a romantic relationship with Mary Magdalene (Based, I think, off of a fragment of a gnostic gospel)

Some close friends from my parish saw the movie, that's why I was wondering.
 

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If you know the actual history behind the First Council of Nicaea and its aftermath, you know that the first claim, that St. Constantine ordered an invention that Jesus is God is completely ridiculous and insane.

Then, if you already believe in the truth about Christ God, the second claim that he somehow had a romantic relationship with St. Mary Magdalene is blasphemous and moronic.

No book is going to debunk claims which are founded on no evidence whatsoever because there is really no claim to debunk. You just call the garbage what it is.
 

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Claim 1: Constantine ordered the council of Nicaea to invent the idea that Jesus is God
Claim 2: Jesus was in a romantic relationship with Mary Magdalene (Based, I think, off of a fragment of a gnostic gospel)

Some close friends from my parish saw the movie, that's why I was wondering.
Ah. I just write this stuff off as poetic license if there's no author or director saying, "This is fact disguised as fiction." I was vaguely aware it caused some kind of stir, but I tend to filter such things out quickly. Like the Left Behind books. Meh.
Are you worried your friend will take it seriously? Or did it trouble them?
 
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