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 The Da Vinci Code FAQ
  

The Da Vinci Code FAQ

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
about The Da Vinci Code
by Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts at http://www.markdroberts.com/htmfiles/resources/davincifaq.htm

The Da Vinci Code FAQ:
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
About The Da Vinci Code


Table of Contents - Section 1
Part 1 Here It Comes, Ready or Not!
Part 2 But It's Just Fiction!
Part 3 Where I'm Coming From
Part 4 A Threat or An Opportunity?
Part 5 The Opportunities of the Da Vinci Opportunity
Part 6 Opportunity #1: The Antiquity and Reliability of the NT Gospels (Section A)
Part 7 Opportunity #1: The Antiquity and Reliability of the NT Gospels (Section B)
Part 8 Opportunity #1: The Antiquity and Reliability of the NT Gospels (Section C)
Part 9 Opportunity #1: The Antiquity and Reliability of the NT Gospels (Section D)
Part 10 Excursus: What is Gnosticism?

Table of Contents - Section 2 (Click here to go to Section 2)
Part 11 Excursus: Why is Gnosticism Popular Today?
Part 12 Excursus: Why is Gnosticism Popular Today? (cont)
Part 13 Excursus: Gnosticism vs. Orthodoxy as a Battle for Truth
Part 14 Opportunity #1: The Antiquity and Reliability of the NT Gospels (Section E)
Part 15 Opportunity #1: The Antiquity and Reliability of the NT Gospels (Section F)
Part 16 Opportunity #1: The Antiquity and Reliability of the NT Gospels (Section G)
Part 17 Opportunity #1: The Antiquity and Reliability of the NT Gospels (Section H)
Part 18 Opportunity #1: The Antiquity and Reliability of the NT Gospels (Section I)
Part 19 Opportunity #2: The Engagingly Human Jesus of the Biblical Gospels (Section A)
Part 20 Opportunity #2: The Engagingly Human Jesus of the Biblical Gospels (Section B)

Table of Contents - Section 3 (Click here to go to Section 3)
Part 21 Excursus: The Gospel of Judas - A Special Report
Part 22 Opportunity #2: The Engagingly Human Jesus of the Biblical Gospels (Section C)
Part 23 Opportunity #3: The Inclusiveness of Orthodox Christianity (Section A)
Part 24 Opportunity #3: The Inclusiveness of Orthodox Christianity (Section B)
Part 25 Opportunity #4:
The Empowerment of Women in Orthodox Christianity (Section A)
Part 26 Excursus: Was Jesus Married? (Section A)
Part 27 Excursus: Was Jesus Married? (Section B)

Here It Com

My Other Writings on The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Opportunity

Was Jesus Married?

 

The following are questions people frequently ask about The Da Vinci Code and its relevance to Jesus and Christianity. The answers are embedded in my series The Da Vinci Opportunity. This FAQ will help you to get the answers you need quickly.

I have tried to gather these questions into helpful categories. I have not addressed issues related to art, to contemporary Catholicism and Opus Dei, or to the architecture of Christian churches. These do not fall into my area of expertise, and they're not especially relevant to the core issues of Christian faith. Some questions will be listed under more than one subject heading.

 
For concise, helpful discussions of a broad range of issues related to The Da Vinci Code, check out The Da Vinci Dialogue website.)

General Questions

What elements of The Da Vinci Code are contrary to orthodox Christianity?

Why worry about "historical claims" in The Da Vinci Code since it's just a work of fiction?

Why do people believe that fictional elements of The Da Vinci Code are historically accurate?

Does Dan Brown himself believe that his fictionalized "history" of Jesus and early Christianity is true?

What are the Da Vinci Opportunities, as you call them?

What books on The Da Vinci Code would you recommend?

Questions About the Gospels, both Canonical and Non-Canonical

What does The Da Vinci Code claim to be true about the gospels?

What are some of the most wildly fictional claims in The Da Vinci Code about the gospels?

Are any of Leigh Teabing's supposedly historical claims about the gospels true?

Were "more than eighty gospels considered for the New Testament"?

When were the gospels written? Are the non-canonical gospels older than the biblical gospels?

Is the Gospel of Thomas relevant to The Da Vinci Code? If so, how?

Why should one consider the biblical gospels to be reliable historical sources for Jesus?

Does the picture of Jesus in the biblical gospels make historical sense? Does it make more sense than the picture of Jesus in the Gnostic gospels?

Were the New Testament gospels edited to support the political agenda of the early church?

Which gospels portray Jesus as more fully human, the biblical gospels or the Gnostic gospels?

What are the gospels from Nag Hammadi? Where can I find them online so I can read them for myself?

What about the newly published Gospel of Judas? Is it relevant to the discussion of The Da Vinci Code? Does it undermine the reliability of the New Testament gospels?

Questions About Gnosticism

What is Gnosticism?

Why is Gnosticism popular today?

Was the battle between orthodox Christianity and Gnosticism primarily a power struggle?

What are the gospels from Nag Hammadi? Where can I find them online so I can read them for myself?

What about the newly published Gospel of Judas? Is it relevant to the discussion of The Da Vinci Code? Does it undermine the reliability of the New Testament gospels?

Is the Gospel of Thomas relevant to The Da Vinci Code? If so, how?

Questions About the Marriage of Jesus

Why has the idea of a married Jesus become so popular?

 

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