There are more than a dozen books and many web sites by Christians answering the claims made by Dan Brown in The Da Vinci Code. Some will question why anything in the book needs an answer, since the book is fiction. But from the start Dan Brown claims that much of the book is based on fact. When asked in an interview on The Today Show on 10/10/2005 how much of the book was based on reality, he replied “Absolutely all of it. Obviously, Robert Langdon is fictional, but all of the art, architecture, secret rituals, secret societies—all of that is historical fact.” He tries to blur the line between fact and fiction, hoping that we will accept his basic premise that the organized church has suppressed the real truth about Jesus.
But many of his historical “facts” are questionable to say the least. We should take movie’s promotional slogan of “Seek the Truth” to heart and carefully examine the claims made in the book nd the movie. There are many excellent Christian resources on this topic. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the historical basis of the Christian faith and to share the Gospel with the many who will be asking questions after seeing the movie. Here are some helpful resources:
- by Dr. Ron Rhodes
- Jesus and Da Vinci: Who was Jesus, Really? (includes many links to other resources)
- by Andreas J. Kostenberger
- The Da Vinci Opportunity by Mark Roberts: Section 1, Section 2, Section 3. (This is an extensive collection of articles. His FAQ is a good place to begin.)
- Second Thoughts on How to Respond to the Da Vinci Code Film by Brian Godawa
- For those who prefer video clips, Lee Strobel has put together a list of questions and answers about the Da Vinci Code (the answers are all video clips).
I have tried to glean the best of the best for this list. Please let me know if you have suggestions for something else that should be listed here.
You can also listen to the sermon that I preached last Sunday on this topic.
Added on 5/25/06:
- Larry Hurtado, NT Professor at the University of Edinburgh, on Scholarly gripes about The Da Vinci Code’s Jesus
- Steve Olson, on why if Jesus did have children, virtually all of us would be his descendants (based on his article in Nature)