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  • The Rosslyn Code

    05/20/2011 7:48:16 AM PDT · by Palter · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Slate ^ | May 17 2011 | Chris Wilson
    The real mystery lurking in the chapel where Dan Brown set The Da Vinci Code. From the outside, the Rosslyn Chapel does not look like a suitable place to hide Jesus' head. It's not much bigger than a country church, standing inconspicuously on a small hill in the miniature Scottish town of Roslin, a few miles south of Edinburgh. Its Gothic pinnacles, flying buttresses, and pointed arches have been battered by 500 years of capricious weather, and for years it has been encased in an exoskeleton of scaffolding as restoration efforts plod along. Until recently, it was covered by a...
  • St. Robert mayor endorses Republican candidate Dan Brown for Missouri State Senate

    10/15/2010 7:59:13 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 2 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 10/5/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (Oct. 5, 2010) — Mayors aren’t elected on a partisan political ballot and don’t commonly make political endorsements, but St. Robert Mayor George Sanders made an exception Monday by deciding to endorse State Rep. Dan Brown, a Rolla Republican who is running against State Sen. Frank Barnitz, a Democrat from Dent County, for the 16th State Senate District. “Dr. Brown is the type of leader Missouri needs as we face uncertain economic times,” Sanders said in a prepared statement. “I am convinced that his conservative values and sense of fiscal responsibility will serve us well as our...
  • Pope's 'Revenge' As LA Gets Opus Dei Bishop [Pope's "Revenge" on Hollywood Sodomites!]

    04/06/2010 9:32:34 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 60 replies · 1,296+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | April 06th 2010 | Simon Caldwell
    Pope's 'Revenge' As LA Gets Opus Dei Bishop A member of the radically-orthodox Catholic group Opus Dei has been appointed as the new Archbishop of Los Angeles. By Simon Caldwell 06 Apr 2010 Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio takes questions from the media at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Jose Gomez has been parachuted into the archdiocese of five million to try to lure the increasingly lapsing faithful of southern California back to Church. The appointment was described as the Pope's revenge on Hollywood for filming The Da Vinci Code. Benedict XVI's choice comes after Colombia...
  • John Paul II Attacker Wants to Team With Dan Brown

    01/14/2010 8:08:48 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies · 472+ views
    Agca to Be Released Monday; Interview and Book in FutureROME, JAN. 13, 2010 ( The man who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981 is set to be released Monday from a Turkish prison after serving almost 29 years. He said he has contacted the author of "The Da Vinci Code" for help in writing a book. News of the release of Mehmet Ali Agca, 52, was confirmed by his lawyer, Haci Ali Ozhan. Agca has said once he is free he wants to do two things: visit John Paul II's tomb and write two books, including one about his...
  • Taxpayer funded Smithsonian Museum Support Center off limits to those paying the bills

    09/20/2009 10:23:26 AM PDT · by edcoil · 3 replies · 1,410+ views
    google search | 9-20-09 | edcoil
    Dan Browns new book opens Americans eyes to a new tax payer funded museum only for the government class. "SMSC - Smithsonian Museum Support Center The Smithsonian Museum Support Center (SMSC) is a library that houses over 30 million historical artifacts that are not available for public ..."
  • BREAKING: Dan Brown announces sequel to Da Vinci code. 0bama son of Jesus and Mary Magdalene!

    10/09/2009 11:23:33 AM PDT · by crusadersoldier · 2 replies · 185+ views
    Author Dan Brown confirms he has seen the actual birth certificate in a vault in Hawaii.
  • Life After 'The Da Vinci Code' (Mega-selling author Dan Brown Discusses Loss of Faith as a Child)

    09/28/2009 7:51:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies · 999+ views
    Parade ^ | 9/28/2009 | James Kaplan
    Author Dan Brown is a friendly, normal guy--not the type you'd expect to have created the dark world of The Da Vinci Code. The book, published in 2003, has sold more than 80 million copies worldwide, and the 2006 movie starring Tom Hanks grossed over $758 million. It also generated enormous controversy: Catholic Church leaders denounced its heretical slant and negative portrayal of Opus Dei, a conservative Roman Catholic group. Now, after six-and-a-half years, Brown's newest novel, The Lost Symbol, comes out on Tuesday. Brown, 45, still seems surprised that his book started such a frenzy. He grew up on...
  • Dan Brown's 'Lost Symbol' details local mystery (CIA HQ, Langley, Virginia)

    09/21/2009 4:32:02 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 19 replies · 1,613+ views
    WTOP ^ | 9/21/09 | JJ Greene
    LANGLEY, Va. - Part of the new Dan Brown novel is based on a local mystery. In the introduction to his new best-selling novel, "The Lost Symbol," author Dan Brown lists the following: "In 1991, a document was locked in the safe of the director of the CIA. The document is still there today, its cryptic text includes references to an unknown location underground. The document ... includes the phrase, 'It's buried out there somewhere.'" Brown says the 20-year-old document contains the answers to a 20-year-old mystery. WTOP's National Security Correspondent J.J. Green investigated the claim, and found out it's...
  • 'The Lost Symbol,' Dan Brown's latest novel, sells more than 1 million copies in first day

    09/17/2009 7:32:33 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 17 replies · 766+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | Thursday, September 17th 2009, 11:08 AM
    Dan Brown has done it again. In 2003, "The Da Vinci" code author released the must-read novel of the year. Six years later, his sequel "The Lost Symbol" sold more than one million copies in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. on its first day, shattering sales records in adult fiction books and forcing the publisher to rush-print an additional 600,000 copies to meet the demand.
  • "LOST SYMBOL" PICTURES: Masonic Symbols Decoded

    09/17/2009 4:10:25 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 25 replies · 5,363+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | September 15, 2009 | Brian Handwerk
    The Freemasons' square-and-compasses symbol adorns a wall in Washington, D.C.'s Masonic House of the Temple--the scene of strange rituals in Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown's new book, The Lost Symbol -
  • Record: Brown's new book sells over 1m copies in a day

    09/17/2009 12:52:19 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 23 replies · 766+ views
    news ^ | 18 September 2009,
    SAN FRANCISCO: The latest novel from “Da Vinci Code” author Dan Brown, “The Lost Symbol,” broke one-day sales records, its publisher and booksellers said. Readers snapped up over one million hardcover copies across the US, Canada and the UK after it was released on Tuesday, said publisher Knopf Doubleday, a division of Random House. “We are seeing historic, record-breaking sales across all types of our accounts in North America for ‘The Lost Symbol,” said Sonny Mehta, editor-in-chief of Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Random House., the world’s largest online retailer, called the book its bestselling first-day adult...
  • Jaycee Lee Dugard: Inside The Secret World Where She Was Kept Captive For 18 Years

    08/29/2009 1:57:51 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies · 2,255+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | August 29, 2009
    Jaycee Lee Dugard: Inside the secret world where she was kept captive for 18 years For 18 years, this was the chilling secret world where Jaycee Lee Dugard was held captive and gave birth to two daughters - fathered by her abductor. Philip Sherwell 29 Aug 2009 Chilling message hung on a tree Photo: NICK STERN / [Pic in URL] But the ramshackle sheds and tents dotted around the compound behind the home of Phillip and Nancy Garrido in the middle of a working-class Californian district are now yielding their squalid secrets. Extraordinary pictures obtained by The Sunday Telegraph allow...
  • "Angels and Demons: More Demonic than Angelic" Catholic Leader Critical of DaVinci Code Myth

    06/09/2009 12:21:16 PM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 6 replies · 578+ views ^ | June 9, 2009 | Arlene Sawicki
    Editor's Note: The movie "Angels and Demons" is considered a financial flop in the United States. It must be noted 70% of revenue generated by Hollywood films derives from foreign viewership. See: -- JMZ Disparaging the Catholic Church is the real purpose of the latest Dan Brown/Ron "Opie" Howard movie “Angels and Demons.” Bill Donohue, President of the anti-defamation Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is demanding a disclaimer as the team who produced "The DaVinci Code" uses the same confusing mix of "fact and fiction" to spin a suspenseful conspiracy tale revolving around a secret ...
  • More of Dan Brown's Fabrications in "Angels and Demons"

    05/29/2009 6:44:05 PM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 14 replies · 1,060+ views
    While Dan Brown's "Angels and Demons" (and the movie version) wasn't as poorly written as The Da Vinci Code, it still has a lot of whoppers. Check it out at
  • Lies, Damned Lies and Dan Brown: Fact-checking Angels & Demons

    05/22/2009 9:10:05 AM PDT · by bdeaner · 57 replies · 1,558+ views
    Catholic Education Resource Center ^ | May 22, 2009 | STEVEN D. GREYDANUS
    In a Q&A billed as an “interview” on his own website, Brown writes “My goal is always to make the character’s [sic] and plot be so engaging that readers don’t realize how much they are learning along the way.” Or how much misinformation they’re absorbing. Quick, how did Copernicus die? Dan Brown readers "know" the answer: "Outspoken scientists like Copernicus" were "murdered by the church for revealing scientific truths," according to a tag-team history lesson by Harvard "symbolist" Robert Langdon and CERN director Maximilian Kohler in Angels & Demons, the predecessor to Brown's blockbuster sequel, The Da Vinci Code. On...
  • It's Jesus or Dan Brown

    05/21/2009 6:47:26 AM PDT · by rhema · 26 replies · 886+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 05/20/2009 | Ross Douthat
    The movie treatment of his novel, 'Angels and Demons,' is cleaning up at the box office this week. The sequel to 'The Da Vinci Code,' due out in November, might buoy the publishing industry through the recession. And if you want to understand the state of American religion, you need to understand why so many people love Dan Brown. It isn't just that he knows how to keep the pages turning. That's what it takes to sell a million novels. But if you want to sell 100 million, you need to preach as well as entertain — to present a...
  • Opie vs. the Vatican

    05/10/2009 3:24:54 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 25 replies · 1,051+ views ^ | May 10, 2009 | Jim Slotek
    ROME -- The buffer zone can be wafer thin in this Eternal City between two warring parties, the Vatican and (to use Hollywood-speak) "the people who brought you The Da Vinci Code." ----- [snip] ----- In Angels & Demons -- which opens Friday in theatres nationwide -- Hanks once again plays symbologist Robert Langdon, who's once again solving a secret-society mystery that strikes to the core of the Roman Catholic church. A sample of anti-matter from the CERN physics lab in Switzerland has been smuggled into the Vatican, and an assassin has promised to kill each of the four cardinals...
  • Devil Is in Fictitious Details in Howard's 'Demons'

    04/27/2009 11:35:50 AM PDT · by holy joe · 19 replies · 978+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 4-27-09 | James Hirsen
    Ron Howard has been doing his best Opie impression while running around claiming that his upcoming movie, “Angels & Demons,” is not anti-Christian or anti-Catholic. Howard is in denial and perhaps a bit distracted by the box-office. In the film, the Catholic Church and the Vatican are depicted as secretive, conspiratorial, ignorant, and violent.

    04/21/2009 8:48:34 AM PDT · by kellynla · 131 replies · 4,108+ views
    Catholic League ^ | April 21, 2009 | staff
    Ron Howard, director of “Angels & Demons,” the movie version of Dan Brown’s book by that name, attacked Catholic League president Bill Donohue yesterday on the Huffington Post. Referring to a booklet on the movie that Donohue authored, “Angels & Demons: More Demonic than Angelic,” (click here) Howard wrote: “Mr. Donohue’s booklet accuses us of lying when our movie trailer says the Catholic Church ordered a brutal massacre to silence the Illuminati centuries ago. It would be a lie if we had ever suggested our movie is anything other than a work of fiction….” Howard also said that “most in...
  • Vatican plots battle with Dan Brown over Da Vinci Code sequel

    04/08/2009 7:54:05 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 115 replies · 3,006+ views
    The Times ^ | March 24, 2009 | Richard Owen
    It was described as a “phantasmagorical cocktail of inventions”, a “masonic plot” and a “pot pourri of lies”. Now a nervous Vatican is braced for the sequel to The Da Vinci Code and the return of its nemesis, Dan Brown. Angels & Demonsis the latest Brown thriller to be turned into a film, and already the Catholic Church is agonising over how best to respond: to urge the faithful to boycott the film, or to ignore it? The Vatican and the Italian Catholic Church condemned The Da Vinci Codein its book and film version, but some church officials argued that...
  • Angels vs. Demons - Rome Blocks Da Vinci Sequel

    06/25/2008 1:50:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies · 730+ views
    NCR ^ | June 24, 2008 | EDWARD PENTIN
    VATICAN CITY — Were the makers of Angels and Demons, a movie based on a Dan Brown novel by the same name, seriously hoping to film scenes on the premises of Catholic churches in Rome? If so, they must have been dreaming.The movie, which is a prequel to Brown’s more commercially successful potboiler, The Da Vinci Code, sees Tom Hanks reprise his role as Harvard professor Robert Langdon. This time, however, instead of battling a murderous “Opus Dei monk,” Langdon is on a mission to save the Vatican from being blown up by a canister of antimatter. The storyline also...
  • CNN Portrays 'The Da Vinci Code' Movie as Sin 'Too Grave to be Forgiven'

    06/19/2008 4:09:41 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 43 replies · 100+ views ^ | 6/19/2008 | Matthew Balan
    CNN, following in the footsteps of’s overblown take on the subject, couldn’t help but to insert snotty language into its report on the Catholic Diocese of Rome’s denial to the filming of the movie adaptation of Dan Brown’s "Angels and Demons." CNN international correspondent Jennifer Eccleston, closing her report on Thursday’s "American Morning," labeled the Church’s refusal, based on "The Da Vinci Code" book and movie’s bashing of the Catholic faith, "a big problem in Rome, where some sins are just too grave to be forgiven -- even if they're for art's sake." "Sins" that are "just too grave...

    06/18/2008 2:02:22 PM PDT · by kellynla · 60 replies · 473+ views
    Catholic League ^ | June 16, 2008 | staff
    A movie adaptation of Dan Brown’s book, Angels and Demons, is now in production; it is the prequel to the film, “The Da Vinci Code.” There are reports today that the Vatican has banned those associated with “Angels and Demons” from shooting in Catholic churches in Rome or in the Vatican itself. This is important because there are scenes in the movie that are supposed to take place in the Vatican and in two churches in Rome. “Angels and Demons” stars Tom Hanks in his role as Robert Langdon, the symbologist. This time he is trying to unravel a plot...
  • The Case for the Real Jesus

    10/22/2007 2:42:16 PM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 9 replies · 124+ views
    Lee Strobel has written a sequel to his book "The Case for Christ." The new book is "The Case for the Real Jesus." Fundamentalist atheists have been attacking Jesus with renewed vigor, but as usual their claims don't stand up to even simple investigation. This may be Strobel’s best book yet and he successfully refutes pseudoscholars like Bart Ehrman, conspiracy theorists like Michael Baigent and hacks like Dan Brown. Their arguments so poorly stand up to scrutiny it’s almost laughable. Check it out, it has my vote for Book of rhe Year:
  • The Da Vinci (Code) victim: obsessed art expert took deadly overdose

    03/17/2007 6:33:55 AM PDT · by NYer · 50 replies · 1,152+ views
    This is London ^ | March 16, 2007
    A painter fascinated with best-selling conspiracy thriller The Da Vinci Code committed suicide after becoming convinced she was the subject of a real-life murder plot.Caroline Eldridge, 38, moved to Italy to pursue her interest in Leonardo Da Vinci, but her mind became "muddled" by the mysteries surrounding his work, her father said. Caroline Eldridge, a Da Vinci scholar and artist, who killed herself after becoming obsessed with the mysteries surrounding the artist and the best-selling novel The Da Vinci CodeShe suffered paranoid delusions that she and her family were in danger "because of the knowledge that she had" of Leonardo...
  • Da Vinci coders vandalise church

    08/27/2006 5:55:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 651+ views
    BBC ^ | August 25, 2006
    St Luke's Church has links to the Holy Grail story Treasure hunters trying to crack the Da Vinci Code are believed to be behind criminal damage at a village church with links to the Holy Grail. Chisels and hammers were used to chip away at walls inside St Luke's church in Hodnet, Shropshire. The church has attracted many visitors including tourists from overseas after its links to the Holy Grail were featured in a book and website. The Reverend Charmian Beech said: "They seemed to know what they were doing." A number of holes were chiselled into the stonework...
  • Vatican Warns Controversial Archbishop not to Work with Dan Brown on New Movie

    08/23/2006 11:30:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies · 933+ views
    Total Catholic ^ | August 23, 2006 | Gerry O'Connell
    The Holy See has warned that there will be “serious consequences” for a rebel African archbishop if reports that he is to work with the author of the Da Vinci Code on a new novel about exorcisms are true. Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, the unpredictable African faith healer and exorcist, is reported to have agreed to work with Dan Brown on the project. The agreement was said to have been reached at a meeting in Houston, Texas, attended by representatives of Dan Brown, Sony Pictures, Random House publishing company and Target, an American company which intends to finance the film. Participants...
  • "Da Vinci Code" takes in $750 million

    08/16/2006 1:50:18 PM PDT · by dpwiener · 57 replies · 1,352+ views ^ | August 16, 2006 | Brandon Gray
              > ALL TIME BOX OFFICE         WORLDWIDE GROSSES #1-100 - #101-200 - #201-300 - #301-302(in millions) Rank Title Studio Worldwide Domestic / % Overseas / % Year 21 The Da Vinci Code Sony $750.0 $217.3 29.0% $532.7 71.0% 2006 22 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe BV $744.8 $291.7 39.2% $453.1 60.8% 2005
  • Back to the Basics in (Catholic) Catechesis

    06/10/2006 4:42:56 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 261+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 9, 2006
    Interview With Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli ROME, JUNE 9, 2006 ( New methods are needed to catechize believers in the truths of the Eucharist, says Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli. The monsignor, an official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and member of the editorial commission of the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, is author of "L'Eucaristia, dono incomparabile di Dio agli uomini" (The Eucharist, Incomparable Gift of God to People), published by Ediciones San Clemente. In this interview with ZENIT, Monsignor Martinelli explains how he has worked to meet an increasing need for catechesis. Q: What...
  • Japan is proud home of Christ's tomb

    05/31/2006 9:56:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 89 replies · 2,973+ views
    TimesOnline ^ | May 29, 2006 | Leo Lewis
    IN A paddy-lined valley in the far north of Japan is a municipal signpost inscribed: “Tomb of Christ: next left.” Follow the winding path up into the forest and there, sure enough, is a simple mound with a large wooden cross labelled as the grave of Jesus. Nearby is a tomb commemorating Isukiri, Christ’s brother, adorned with a plastic poinsettia Christmas wreath. For two millennia the farming village of Shingo claims to have protected a tradition that Jesus spent most of his life in Japan. The village is the home of Sajiro Sawaguchi, a man in his eighties who claims...
  • The Awfulness of The Da Vinci Code

    05/28/2006 11:29:54 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 33 replies · 596+ views
    American Heritage ^ | May 19, 2006 | Allen Barra
    The Awfulness of The Da Vinci Code Posted Friday May 19, 2006 12:30 PM EDT In art as in life there is nothing so powerful as a bad idea whose time has come. Every decade or so a craze comes out of nowhere that inexplicably grabs hold of a portion of the public’s imagination, whips it into a frenzy, and then dissipates, leaving future generations wondering what the fuss was all about. The first such craze of the twenty-first century is, as you can’t have avoided hearing, a silly novel by a writer named Dan Brown called The Da...
  • Salt & Light: Warning About THE DA VINCI CODE Is an Act of Loving Kindness and Truth

    05/26/2006 5:55:34 AM PDT · by Simi Valley Tom · 93 replies · 1,290+ views
    Movieguide® ^ | May 25, 2006 | Dr. Ted Baehr with Dr. Tom Snyder
    If you knew that someone was about to drive off a cliff, wouldn't you warn that person about the danger? Wouldn't that be the loving thing to do? When Jesus calls His disciples to be salt and light, he was calling for Christians to do two things: 1. Warn people about their sins. 2. Show people that the answer to their sin problem is to establish a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through faith and discipleship. The warning about sin is not to condemn people for their sins; that is something only God can do. The warning about sin is...
  • Cashing in on defamation

    05/24/2006 12:03:53 PM PDT · by JZelle · 22 replies · 542+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 5-24-06 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    A telltale moment in "The Da Vinci Code" points like a cryptogram to the real secret meaning behind the novel. The hero, Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor about to publish a nonfiction book claiming Mary Magdalene is the "real" Holy Grail, and the heroine, Sophie Neveu, who is "really" a direct descendent of Jesus and his wife, Mary Magdalene, are fleeing Paris because bulldog police captain Bezu Fache mistakenly believes Langdon murdered Louvre curator Jacques Sauniere. Sauniere, it turns out, headed a secret society that for centuries has preserved documents that prove Christ was solely a mortal man, that Christianity...
  • Illuminating Angels & Demons® (More Dan Brown Claptrap Posing as A Documentary on A&E)

    05/22/2006 7:33:21 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 35 replies · 642+ views
    A&E ^ | n/a | n/a
    Dan Brown's novel, Angels & Demons, describes an ancient cult called the Illuminati that is at work in the modern world and plotting against the Catholic Church. Based on Simon Cox's book, Illuminating Angels & Demons, this fascinating two-hour documentary explores the question of whether the Illuminati still exists. This is also a visually stunning travelogue that guides viewers through the ancient streets and artwork of Rome in its quest to find the facts behind Brown's fiction
  • The Da Vinci Code: New And Improved - from WuzzaDem! LOL!

    05/21/2006 6:44:22 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies · 474+ views
    WuzzaDem ^ | May 18, 2006 | John
    OK, people, the early reviews could have been a little better, so Dan stepped in to do some rewrites, and he and I have come up with some minor tweaks.
  • *_Book (and limited Movie) Review of The DaVinci Code, by Dan Brown_*

    05/19/2006 6:04:31 PM PDT · by gww1210 · 3 replies · 436+ views
    The Register ^ | Friday, 19 May 2006 | Gordon Wayne Watts
    _______~~~Book/Movie Review of The DaVinci Code, by Dan Brown~~~_______         Book Review of:         THE         DAVINCI        CODE         XX*X*X**               XXXX  Novel by: DAN BROWN Reviewed by: G. W. Watts   NEW: Book/Movie Review of Dan Brown's "The DaVinci Code" ; ; ; *_Book (and limited Movie) Review of The DaVinci Code, by Dan Brown_* WELCOME, Visitor: Please Turn on your computer speakers & maximize 3-D Stereo Enhancement for best sound! The DaVinci Code is set to open in theatres nationwide Friday, 19 May 2006. (Film based on Dan Brown's book by the same name.) ** Register...
  • Combating the big lie: Defending the Bible from 'The Da Vinci Code'

    05/19/2006 3:52:41 PM PDT · by Simi Valley Tom · 32 replies · 922+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | May 19, 2006 | By Dr. Ted Baehr
    Editor's note: Dr. Tom Snyder contributed to this column. Dr. Ted Baehr is founder and publisher of MOVIEGUIDE®: A Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment and founder and chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission. Dr. Tom Snyder is editor of MOVIEGUIDE®. © 2006 "The First Amendment provides for the separation of Church and State." "The Founding Fathers were all deists." "America is a racist country." "Cuba is a worker's paradise." "The Bible is contradictory." "Jesus Christ didn't die on the Cross." "The religious right in America wants to establish a totalitarian theocracy." "Modern homo sapiens are descended...
  • Deciphering THE DA VINCI CODE

    05/19/2006 9:57:44 AM PDT · by Simi Valley Tom · 4 replies · 329+ views
    Movieguide® ^ | May 16, 2006 | Christian History Institute
    By the Christian History Institute “Blinding Ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes!” Leonardo Da Vinci, quoted in THE DA VINCI CODE, p. 231 In every age, there have been attacks on Jesus and the teaching of Scripture. Jesus has been an offense to the world from the very beginning. One recent attack is particularly beguiling because it is so entertaining. It’s author, Dan Brown, brashly assures us his account is based on the actual historical facts, but THE DA VINCI CODE paints either an uninformed or intentionally false picture of the early church. Herein, we want...
  • Why Should We Stop THE DA VINCI CODE?

    05/19/2006 9:53:45 AM PDT · by Simi Valley Tom · 230 replies · 2,968+ views
    Movieguide® ^ | May 19, 2006 | Dr. Ted Baehr
    War on Christianity has been declared. On which side of the battle line will you stand? The movie version of Dan Brown's book, THE DA VINCI CODE, is now in theaters. Although the movie significantly waters down the unrelenting, anti-Christian attacks and virulent paganism and goddess worship of the novel, it promotes the book and contains enough falsehoods and scurrilous conjecture to distort the truth about Jesus Christ, the Bible, Christianity, and God. That, coupled with the book’s popularity and some Christians’ ignorance about their faith, leads us to believe that the movie, and the attention it draws, will increase...
  • Let's Play: Who Is a Descendant of Jesus Christ? (in the DaVinci Code)

    05/18/2006 9:37:18 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 110 replies · 3,994+ views
    05/19/06 | Me
    News stories and early reviews have indicated that when "The DaVinci Code" was screened in Cannes recently, movie goers guffawed at the film's revelation of the identity of one of Jesus's modern day descendants. In that spirit and to "honor" the film's release tommorrow, let's speculate as to who the film reveals as Christ's modern day descendant!
  • Church's Ambivalence on Da Vinci Code: A Teaching Moment . . . Filled With Lies

    05/18/2006 6:05:43 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 43 replies · 752+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein May 18, 2006 After a couple days in which the only people that the Today show offered the opportunity to comment on the controversy surrounding the Da Vinci Code were the movie's director and cast members, this morning an outside expert and Catholic officials finally got their shot. The result was an oddly ambivalent reaction, in which the movie was simultaneously praised as offering an opportunity to teach about the Church, and condemned as filled with lies. A quick recap on the state of play at Today. Matt Lauer has been "On the Road with the Code"...
  • Letter to Dan Brown

    05/18/2006 5:54:24 AM PDT · by Quilla · 29 replies · 867+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 18, 2006 | Anonymous
     [Editor’s Note: the following unsigned letter came into our hands by accident. We do not sympathize with or take responsibility for its content or the views expressed therein. We are publishing this letter because of the world-wide interest in the opening of the movie The Da Vinci Code, based on Mr. Brown’s book of the same name. If the “Khadijah” story surfaces anywhere else, people will know that it is a hoax, just like to book and movie. The only editing has been the addition of links.]Dear Mr. Brown:You probably won’t have time to read this right away, what with soaring book...
  • 'Da Vinci Code' Misses the Mark for Critics

    05/17/2006 3:23:47 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 20 replies · 533+ views
    Yahoo ^ | May 17, 2006 | David Germain
    'Da Vinci Code' Misses the Mark for Critics By DAVID GERMAIN, AP Movie Writer Wed May 17, 8:58 AM ET "The Da Vinci Code" drew lukewarm praise, shrugs of indifference, some jeering laughter and a few derisive jabs Tuesday from arguably the world's toughest movie crowd: critics at the Cannes Film Festival. The year's most anticipated movie, "The Da Vinci Code" was a generally faithful adaptation of Dan Brown's monster best seller, spinning a murder thriller that stems from a cover-up of secrets about Christianity's roots. While readers worldwide devoured the novel, reaction from Cannes critics ranged from mild...
  • Discrediting faith (Da Vinci)

    05/17/2006 12:07:31 PM PDT · by JZelle · 31 replies · 874+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 5-17-06 | Robert Norris
    The release Friday of the film version of Dan Brown's book "The Da Vinci Code," and its prophesied status as a "blockbuster," once more brings to the forefront a story line that is a frontal assault upon the central truths of the Christian message. In the course of his story, Mr. Brown enables his readers to "discover" that the doctrine of the deity of Christ emerged, four centuries after his death, as a result of the political invention of the Roman Emperor Constantine, who aimed to create a new religious power he could control.
  • 'Da Vinci' undermines faith, survey claims

    05/16/2006 10:01:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 170 replies · 2,268+ views
    MSNBC ^ | May 16, 2006
    “The Da Vinci Code” has undermined faith in the Roman Catholic Church and badly damaged its credibility, a survey of British readers revealed Tuesday as tensions over — and hype for — the forthcoming film reached a fever pitch. As its stars off headed to walk the red carpet at Cannes, where the film was set to debut Wednesday before a worldwide release Friday, at least two countries limited the film's release. The British survey, released by a group of prominent Catholics, revealed that readers of Dan Brown's blockbuster novel are twice as likely to believe Jesus Christ fathered children...
  • WOE ON RON HOWARD, T. HANKS' D.C. FIB (a riddle)

    05/15/2006 7:35:21 AM PDT · by unlearner · 150 replies · 1,312+ views
    5/15/2006 | unlearner
    Everyone likes a good riddle. It's human nature to want to find meaning, solve problems, and seek out purposeful solutions. Dan Brown capitalized on this by writing the best selling novel, "The Da Vinci Code". Speaking of which, the title of my post is a riddle: WOE ON RON HOWARD, T. HANKS' D.C. FIB. By rearranging the letters of the title, you can find a meaningful question posed about this novel and film. The solution is in the context of the story, as the answer resembles a major puzzle within it. If it is not obvious at this point that...
  • Da Vinci Code Believers Are Looking Real Stupid

    05/14/2006 7:20:09 PM PDT · by joeclarke · 22 replies · 3,472+ views
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 05/14/2006 | JoeClarke.Net
    If "Its Only Fiction," Why Do So Many Want To Believe It Is The Truth? There have been so many expose's of the Da Vinci Code on cable TV, religious programs, and talk radio broadcasts that if there are any true believers left, they should be hiding in the Priori of Sion. From the beginning, Dan Brown always confessed that the novel is fiction. However, he has contradictorily claimed that the fiction was based on facts in his book and on his website. I skimmed hundreds of Da Vinci Code reader comments on Amazon.Com which has archived thousands of reader...
  • How Dark the Con of Dan (on the Da Vinci Code distortions)

    05/14/2006 9:41:34 AM PDT · by Knitting A Conundrum · 11 replies · 629+ views
    The Tidings ^ | 5/12/06 | Archbishop George Niederauer
    "A lie is halfway round the world while the truth is still putting its boots on." --- Mark TwainMy first reaction to Dan Brown's novel, "The Da Vinci Code," was: "It's a work of fiction, a thriller, a page-turner. Everybody knows that." I was wrong. A young friend of mine met a classmate from Catholic high school who told him that she was seriously thinking of giving up her faith after reading "The Da Vinci Code." My friend said, "You'd give up your faith because of a novel?" She answered, "Oh, but it's all true!"Oh, but it's not! Soon the...
  • Opus Dei Versus The Da Vinci Code – Opus The Winner?

    05/14/2006 1:45:57 AM PDT · by Murtyo · 51 replies · 2,963+ views
    Ian Paisley dot Org ^ | 6 January 2006 | British Church Newspaper AKA European Institute of Protestant Studies
    DAN Brown’s bestseller, The Da Vinci Code, was first published in 2003. By April 2005 it had sold 17 million copies in 44 languages and it is still selling well, as any traveller by plane, bus or train will confirm. It is a novel of the popular, conspiracy theory type. The central thesis is that “the Church” has covered up the fact that Mary Magdalene married Christ. Christ’s divinity was a myth invented by Roman Emperor Constantine in the 4th century AD and the pair had descendants. Brown suggests that Mary Magdalene’s character was unjustly impugned by “the Church” in...
  • The Top Ten Da Vinci Code Distortions

    05/12/2006 4:00:22 PM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 154 replies · 3,888+ views
    CWA ^ | 5/10/2006 | Robert Knight
    Dan Brown's murder mystery novel presents a problem for Christians. A 2005 Canadian survey showed that one-third of those who have read the book believe that it is factual.( 1 ) The Da Vinci Code has sold more than 42 million copies. The film version starring Tom Hanks is opening on May 19 in the United States. Serious Christians will see through the many lies and historical fictions that Brown plants throughout the book, but millions will believe that this profoundly dishonest book contains at least some "truth" about Jesus and the church. The truth is that Brown is peddling...