The Da Vinci Code: An old lie told in a new way A general summary and discussion starter Dan Brown was right about one thing… “Everyone loves a conspiracy.” DVC, p. 169 Or at least it seems that way, by the response to his book, The Da Vinci Code The Da Vinci Code
A general summary and discussion starter
“A combination of murder mystery, thriller, conspiracy tale, romance novel, religious expose, and historical revisionism.”
The Da Vinci Hoax, p. 20
“Brown has found a formula for becoming rich: sex, sensationalism, feminism, anti-Catholicism, and the occult.
“But it is also obvious that he sincerely hates Christianity.”
Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and had at least one child, Sarah (DVC p. 255).
Mary Magdalene, not Peter, was the head apostle
Jesus was not truly divine but a good man deified by Roman Emperor Constantine in 325 AD at the Council of Nicea (DVC, p. 233)
The church (in the book, usually The Catholic Church) repressed “more than eighty gospels” when the NT was written (DVC, p. 231); Constantine chose to include the ones in our Bible
Constantine is the one who moved the church’s worship from Saturday to Sunday (DVC, p. 232-233).
Jesus wrote the “Q” document, possibly in His own hand (DVC p. 256)
Says the Bible we have “was compiled and edited by men who possessed a political agenda-to promote the divinity of the man Jesus Christ and use His influence to solidify their power base” (DVC p. 234).
Emphasizes the Holy Grail legend as “symbolic of the lost goddess” (DVC p. 238).
Says Mary Magdelene was the Holy Grail herself
DVC, pp. 249, 253-257
Quotes Gospel of Philip about Mary Magdelene:
“Christ loved her more than all the disciples and used to kiss her often on her mouth. The rest of the disciples were offended by it…”
DVC, p. 246
“Jesus….intended for the future of His Church to be in the hands of Mary Madgalene.”
-DVC, p. 248
“Two thousand years ago, we lived in a world of Gods and Goddesses. Today, we live in a world solely of Gods.”
The Merovingian kings of France are Jesus’ own bloodline (names King Dagobert specifically)
Believes Jesus’ bloodline continues on today
DVC, p. 257-258
Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”
A supposed code-filled lesson about Mary Magdelene
Brown claims that Mary Magdelene, not John the Apostle, is sitting at Christ’s right hand (the “V”). He also claims that Peter threatens Mary Magdelene, his right hand is the source of the claim. A supposed detached knife shows the intent of jealous disciples to be rid of the Magdelene.
By Diego Velasquez, c. 1620
However, many if not most Renaissance artists portrayed John the Apostle as a young man, usually without a beard. The presence of a beardless individual with long hair seated next to Christ is a representation of John, not a veiled reference the the Magdalene. The above images are typical of such paintings of St. John.
The book, The Da Vinci Code, really presents no new information.
What it does is present the author’s point of view, that Christ isn’t divine and that Christianity is a creation of a powerful group of men, Catholic hierarchy, in a clear and entertaining way.