Fear Not Da Vinci: Using the Best-Selling Novel to Share Your Faith

by Glen H. Jones

Today's number one hot-button issue among Christians relates to the Da Vinci Code movie. This controversial movie has raised the ire of Roman Catholics and Protestants alike. Other believers say that this fictional story is much ado about nothing. In Dan Brown's novel, the author opines that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married. Brown also states that women are holier than men and provide spirituality for their husbands. Flory and Monroe point out that neither Jesus Himself nor the writers of the New Testament even hinted that He had a wife. Brown attempts to undermine the authority of Scripture by stating that Constantine ordered church leaders to accept the sixty-six books of the Bible as the final spiritual authority. That simply will not stand the test of history. Christians had accepted the completed New Testament many years before Constantine's church council in 325 A.D. Dan Brown's most grievous error concerns the deity of Christ. The writer has one of his fictional characters say, "Because Constantine upgraded (to deity) Jesus' status almost four centuries after Jesus' death." However, Jesus' followers worshiped Him as God, biblical writers time and again assert His deity, and the Revelation pictures Jesus as the future divine ruler over all heaven and earth. Flory, Monroe, and Gasque also refute Brown's claim that the Mona Lisa is really a man; that Mary Magdalene appears in Da Vinci's The Last Supper; and that Gnostic books should have been included in the New Testament canon. In Appendix A the writers give a short synopsis of the book and of the film, its main characters, and those who produced the movie. Appendix C provides a list of works for further study on the Da Vinci controversy.
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