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  • Was Jesus Married with Children? Here We Go Again

    11/14/2014 7:00:26 AM PST · by Gamecock · 38 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | November 14, 2014 | Michael J. Kruger
    Was Jesus Married with Children? Here We Go Again Responding to claims made in the new book, The Lost Gospel: Decoding the Sacred Text that Reveals Jesus’ Marriage to Mary Magdalene There is absolutely zero evidence from early Christianity that Jesus was married. Not a single historical source anywhere tells us such a thing. The closest any source comes to doing so is a fragmented portion of the third-century Gospel of Philip where we are told that Jesus kissed Mary “on the…”, but the text is missing at precisely this point. But, aside from being a late gospel, the context...
  • A Faded Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus’ Wife (Written in Coptic in the fourth century)

    09/18/2012 5:05:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 118 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09/18/2012 | Laurie Goodstein
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a scrap of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the fourth century and contains a phrase never seen in any piece of Scripture: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife ...’ ” The faded papyrus fragment is smaller than a business card, with eight lines on one side, in black ink legible under a magnifying glass. Just below the line about Jesus having a wife, the papyrus includes a second provocative clause that purportedly says, “she will be able to be my disciple.” The...
  • Man Loses $20 Million After Taking Laptop for Repair

    11/10/2010 9:03:46 PM PST · by iowamark · 27 replies
    PC World ^ | Nov 10, 2010 | John E Dunn
    A New York couple have been charged with defrauding a wealthy musician to the tune of $20 million (Ł12.3 million) after he innocently visited their computer servicing company to have a virus removed from his laptop. The hard-to-believe story started started in 2004 when moneyed pianist Roger Davidson asked Mount Kisco computer store owners Vickram Bedi, 36, and his Icelandic girlfriend Helga Invarsdottir, 39, to rid his computer of a virus. On learning of Davidson's wealth, the pair are alleged to have concocted an elaborate social engineering scam that defrauded him of somewhere between the $6 million the police have...
  • 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...
  • Nail from the time of Christ's crucifixion found in a dig

    03/02/2010 9:53:59 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies · 1,337+ views
    mirror.co.uk ^ | March 2, 2010 | Euan Stretch
    A nail from the time of Christ's crucifixion which was hidden by the same knights who featured in The Da Vinci Code has been found in a dig. The four-inch Roman relic, stored in an ornate box, was uncovered by archaeologists working at a fort thought to have been a former Knights Templar stronghold. It was buried with three skeletons and three swords, including one with the religious order's cross on its blade, on the tiny island of Ilheu de Pontinha, off Madeira. The iron nail is of the type used in thousands of crucifixions - but it is special....
  • 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...
  • Sandra Miesel explains why Catholics can't be Masons

    09/20/2009 10:37:51 AM PDT · by NYer · 142 replies · 3,077+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | September 17, 2009
    From a September 2006 article featured on the Our Sunday Visitor website:No pope has ever been a Mason. The Catholic Church has warily monitored Freemasonry from the time it penetrated Europe. In 1738, Pope Clement XII condemned the Craft for its dependence on mere natural virtue while ignoring Christ's unique role as Savior. He also denounced the rash oaths it demanded of members to protect trivial Lodge secrets. Catholics who joined the Masons were excommunicated, with reconciliation reserved to the pope. This decree had little effect, however, because it wasn't published in every land, nor was it always taken seriously...
  • 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. Amazon.com, the world’s largest online retailer, called the book its bestselling first-day adult...
  • "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
    RFFM.org ^ | 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: http://www.imdb.com/boxoffice/ -- 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 www.catholicleague.org 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 ...
  • Angels And Demons - Another Slap At Christianity? (Edited)

    05/17/2009 9:58:49 AM PDT · by joeclarke · 13 replies · 674+ views
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 05/17/2009 | JoeClarke.Net
    [Caution the ending of the movie Angels and Demons is revealed below]Angels and Demons director, Opie, explains quite innocently with his Mayberry accent how his latest Dan Brown flick merely, 'presents the conflict between religion and science, and no one comes out the winner.' Wrong, Richie Cunningham Breath, as the end of the movie has a Catholic Cardinal stating that "Christianity is a very flawed religion." It could have been more balanced if Ron Howard (Big Barack supporter See YouTube) had one of Al Gore's many Global Warming opponents telling the truth about the Environmentally ill, but no, Dan Brown...
  • Hanks: Angels & Demons 'loose with the truth'

    05/05/2009 10:46:53 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 37 replies · 1,425+ views
    Christian Today ^ | May 5, 2009 | Jenna Lyle
    Tom Hanks, who plays the character Robert Langdon in the controversial new film Angels & Demons, has described the plot as “playing fast and loose with the truth”. The plot of the film sees a secret society known as the Illuminati try to destroy the Vatican in order to take revenge for a massacre against its members by the Catholic Church. The film is the prequel to The Da Vinci Code, which claimed that the Church covered up Jesus’ secret marriage to Mary Magdalene. Leaders within the Catholic Church have already condemned the film as offensive to Catholics. The Catholic...
  • "Angels & Demons" Director Sees Vatican Meddling ( Another Liberal Idiot! )

    05/03/2009 4:05:32 PM PDT · by kellynla · 20 replies · 850+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 3, 2009 | Phil Stewart
    ROME (Reuters) - Director Ron Howard accused the Vatican on Sunday of trying to hamper the filming and the Rome roll-out of his new movie "Angels & Demons," and challenged Catholic critics to see the film before condemning it. The movie sequel to author Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" will premiere in Rome on Monday, with fictional symbologist Robert Langdon returning to the big screen to help the Vatican rescue kidnapped cardinals and find a ticking time-bomb. The Vatican was outraged by "The Da Vinci Code" and the Rome archdiocese made no secret about denying Howard authorization to film...
  • Director Ron Howard defends "Angels & Demons"

    04/22/2009 12:56:02 PM PDT · by steve-b · 100 replies · 2,101+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 4/22/09
    Director Ron Howard on Tuesday defended his film adaptation of "The Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown 's "Angels & Demons" from criticism that it smears the Roman Catholic Church, heightening an ongoing battle over fictional depictions of the Vatican. Howard, who also directed the 2006 movie adaptation of "The Da Vinci Code," posted a blog at The Huffington Post website saying that neither he nor his new movie "Angels & Demons," which debuts in May and stars Tom Hanks, are anti-Catholic. "And let me be a little controversial: I believe Catholics, including most in the hierarchy of the Church...
  • 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...
  • Real-Life 'DaVinci Code' Found on Back of Masterpiece

    12/18/2008 11:51:10 AM PST · by TaraP · 27 replies · 1,796+ views
    Fox News ^ | Dec 18th, 2008
    It is the discovery of three almost invisible drawings on the back of Leonardo da Vinci's Virgin and Child With Saint Anne in the Louvre museum in Paris that has the French art world screaming "Sacre bleu!" Reminiscent of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, the mysterious sketches were found by experts looking into restoring the sixteenth-century masterpiece. They were detected when a curator noticed that some of the gray marks behind Virgin and Child With Saint Anne resembled a horse's head. An infrared photo confirmed his suspicion and revealed two other sketches: a human skull and the infant Jesus with...
  • Da Vinci Code Director Says Vatican Thwarted Work on New Film

    10/20/2008 8:30:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies · 734+ views
    Ron Howard, the director of the film version of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, reports that Vatican officials made it difficult to complete work on a 'prequel,' Angels and Demons, discouraging cooperation by churches and public officials in Rome. A Vatican spokesman does not deny the charge. "Usually we read the script," says Father Marco Fibbi, "but in this case it wasn't necessary. Just the name Dan Brown was enough."
  • Man in frenzied attack on priest after watching The Da Vinci Code (Ecumenical)

    09/24/2008 1:40:33 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 33 replies · 871+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 9/24/2008 | Richard Owen
    A Rome priest is fighting for his life after being stabbed in the neck and stomach by a deranged man who had just watched the film The Da Vinci Code... Eyewitnesses said that Marco Luzi, 25, asked to see Father Canio Canistri, 68, parish priest at the church of Santa Marcella in the San Saba district on the Aventine Hill, and then attacked him with a knife hidden in a cloth. An elderly parishioner who came to the priest's aid is also in serious condition. A Peruvian childminder and a policeman were also injured as the assailant fled through a...
  • Wisconsin woman, 20, arrested for two overdue library volumes

    08/21/2008 6:09:08 PM PDT · by RDTF · 79 replies · 391+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | Aug 21, 2008 | not specified
    AUGUST 21--The next time you forget to return a couple of library books (and ignore those annoying letters about the overdue status of said volumes), think of Heidi Dalibor. The Wisconsin woman, 20, was arrested earlier this month in connection with a pair of books overdue for several months. Dalibor, who made the mistake of ignoring a court citation issued after she failed to respond to letters and phone calls from the Grafton library, was busted August 6 for failing to return copies of Janet Fitch's best-seller "White Oleander" (a 1999 Oprah Book Club selection) and "Angels & Demons," author...
  • Columbus debunker sets sights on Leonardo da Vinci

    07/28/2008 6:04:40 PM PDT · by decimon · 34 replies · 88+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jul 28, 2008 | Tim Castle
    LONDON (Reuters) - Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of machines are uncannily similar to Chinese originals and were undoubtedly derived from them, a British amateur historian says in a newly-published book. Gavin Menzies sparked headlines across the globe in 2002 with the claim that Chinese sailors reached America 70 years before Christopher Columbus. Now he says a Chinese fleet brought encyclopedias of technology undiscovered by the West to Italy in 1434, laying the foundation for the engineering marvels such as flying machines later drawn by Italian polymath Leonardo.
  • 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
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 6/19/2008 | Matthew Balan
    CNN, following in the footsteps of ABCNews.com’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...
  • VATICAN SHOWS RON HOWARD THE GATE

    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 Hollywood Holy Grail

    05/06/2008 7:01:23 AM PDT · by Clive · 17 replies · 169+ views
    National Post ^ | 2008-05-06 | Joseph Brean
    New film takes Da Vinci Code conspiracy theories and shaky evidence to new heightsJoseph Brean, National PostWhen Ben Hammott discovered the apparent tomb of a Knight Templar at the bottom of a hole in a cave in the countryside of southern France, he thought he had discovered the final resting place of Mary Magdalene, and so he did what any amateur treasure hunter in this age of the Da Vinci Code would have done. He returned with a Hollywood director, lowered a pole into the tomb with "some sticky stuff on the end," removed the shroud from the body, plucked...
  • Discovery of Tomb & Relics From Marriage of Jesus & Mary Magdalene to Be Unveiled in NY May 5th

    04/29/2008 10:58:33 PM PDT · by Between the Lines · 21 replies · 216+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | April 29, 2008
    A remote mountain tomb and relics from 1st century Jerusalem have been discovered in southwest France. Among them are a simple pottery drinking cup and a small ointment vase that were said to have been used at the wedding of Jesus and Mary Magdalene over 2000 years ago. According to the priest who hid them away a century ago, they are sacred relics -- the true Holy Grail -- which symbolized this secret wedding. They have been analyzed by both the British Museum and Dr Gabriel Barkay of Bar Ilan University, Jerusalem, who said: "It is possible that artifacts excavated...
  • Indiana Jones meets the Da Vinci Code

    01/14/2008 12:56:52 PM PST · by rellimpank · 33 replies · 40+ views
    Asia times ^ | 14 jan 08 | Spengler
    By Spengler Islam watchers blogged all weekend about news that a secret archive of ancient Islamic texts had surfaced after 60 years of suppression. Andrew Higgins' Wall Street Journal report that the photographic record of Koranic manuscripts, supposedly destroyed during World War II but occulted by a scholar of alleged Nazi sympathies, reads like a conflation of the Da Vinci Code with Indiana Jones and the Holy Grail. The Da Vinci Code offered a silly fantasy in which Opus Dei, homicidal monks and twisted billionaires chased after proof that Christianity is a hoax. But the story of the photographic archive...
  • A Missed Message, The Golden Compass Reengineers the Davinci Code, for Minors

    12/14/2007 10:34:18 PM PST · by Coleus · 5 replies · 62+ views
    The recent movie, The Golden Compass, is little more than a reinterpretation of Sony films’ blasphemous The Da Vinci Code, reengineered for children.  Many writers have rightly criticized the film from its multiple censurable aspects, and who could blame them?  After all, there are myriad angles from which it should be condemned.  It portrays the Catholic Church as an evil institution called the “Magisterium,” led by men who live in buildings resembling cathedrals, dress like bishops and strive to control men’s minds.  Furthermore, author Philip Pullman is an avowed atheist who has affirmed: “I am trying to undermine the...
  • Writer who sued over Da Vinci Code dies

    11/30/2007 2:45:21 PM PST · by Barney Gumble · 31 replies · 188+ views
    AP ^ | 12/1/07 | JILL LAWLESS
    ONDON - Richard Leigh, a writer of alternative history who unsuccessfully sued for plagiarism over themes in Dan Brown's blockbuster novel "The Da Vinci Code," has died, his agent said Friday. He was 64. U.S.-born Leigh, who had lived in Britain for three decades, died in London on Nov. 21 of causes related to a heart condition, the Jonathan Clowes Agency said. Leigh was co-author of "The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail," a work of speculative nonfiction that claimed Jesus Christ fathered a child with Mary Magdalene and that the bloodline continues to this day. A best-seller on its...
  • Italian musician uncovers hidden music in Da Vinci's 'Last Supper'

    11/09/2007 8:47:01 PM PST · by RDTF · 12 replies · 168+ views
    cnn.com ^ | Nov 9, 2007 | AP
    ROME, Italy (AP) -- It's a new Da Vinci code, but this time it could be for real. An Italian musician and computer technician claims to have uncovered musical notes encoded in Leonardo Da Vinci's "Last Supper," raising the possibility that the Renaissance genius might have left behind a somber composition to accompany the scene depicted in the 15th-century wall painting. "It sounds like a requiem," Giovanni Maria Pala said. "It's like a soundtrack that emphasizes the passion of Jesus." Painted from 1494 to 1498 in Milan's Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, the "Last Supper" vividly depicts a key...
  • Secret image ‘found’ in Last Supper

    07/26/2007 7:03:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 127 replies · 16,147+ views
    Italy Magazine ^ | July 26, 2007
    An Italian IT expert claims to have found a secret image of the Virgin Mary and a Knight Templar inside Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece The Last Supper.Pesci Slavisa said the image can only be seen in a certain light and that he had to use his computer skills to reveal it.“I noticed a strange effect, like a shadow, when I was looking through a magazine with a reproduction of The Last Supper,” the 36-year-old explained.“So I scanned the painting and printed it onto a transparent sheet, which I then laid over the original image.“The result is a new painting with...
  • Archaeologist Sparks Hunt For Holy Grail

    06/20/2007 3:54:57 PM PDT · by blam · 103 replies · 2,449+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-20-2007 | Nick Pisa
    Archaeologist sparks hunt for Holy Grail By Nick Pisa in Rome Last Updated: 8:47pm BST 20/06/2007 An archaeologist has sparked a Da Vinci Code-style hunt for the Holy Grail after claiming ancient records show it is buried under a 6th century church in Rome. The cup - said to have been used by Christ at the Last Supper - is the focus of countless legends and has been sought for centuries. Alfredo Barbagallo, an Italian archaeologist, claims that it is buried in a chapel-like room underneath the Basilica of San Lorenzo Fuori le Mura, one of the seven churches which...
  • Music Mystery Of Da Vinci Code Chapel Cracked (Rosslyn)

    04/30/2007 6:43:09 PM PDT · by blam · 69 replies · 3,378+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-1-2007 | Richard Alleyne
    Music mystery of Da Vinci Code chapel cracked By Richard Alleyne Last Updated: 2:05am BST 01/05/2007 A Scottish church featured in The Da Vinci Code is embroiled in a fresh mystery of secret codes and heretical knowledge - but this one could be more than mere fiction. An ex-RAF codebreaker and his composer son say they have deciphered a musical score hidden for nearly 600 years in the elaborate carvings on the walls of Rosslyn Chapel. Rosslyn Chapel, theories connect it with the Holy Grail, the Ark of the Covenant and the head of Christ The pair believe the tune...
  • New South Park episode tonight on Comedy Central - Fantastic Easter Special

    04/04/2007 8:05:26 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 89 replies · 2,247+ views
    South Park Studios ^ | April 4, 2007
    Stan refuses to decorate another Easter egg in an all-new "South Park" entitled, "Fantastic Easter Special," premiering tonight, Wednesday, April 4 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Comedy Central. Stan just wants someone to explain what eggs have to do with Jesus dying for his sins. Determined to get the real story behind all of the eggs and bunnies that are part of the Easter ritual, Stan and Kyle fall in with an eccentric society that guards a legendary secret.
  • 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...
  • The "Jesus Family Tomb:" One More Gnostic Onslaught

    03/02/2007 6:43:36 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 39 replies · 760+ views
    By Luis Sergio Solimeo It just does not stop. Following in the footsteps of The Da Vinci Code, the Gnostic offensive against Christianity is forging ahead with new pretexts, and, once again, with massive media coverage. The New Onslaught: Archeological FictionThis time, it is not a pseudo-historic novel,1 but a pseudo-scientific Discovery Channel documentary, titled: The Lost Tomb of Jesus, which was directed by James Cameron and Simcha Jacobovici.  The two are well-suited for the task.  Mr. Cameron is a science fiction2 fan, while Mr. Jacobovici could be considered an archeological fiction aficionado. Four years ago, he produced another...
  • Misleading Multiculturalism (new book for Catholic children about Catholic/Muslim beliefs)

    01/30/2007 6:00:03 AM PST · by NYer · 24 replies · 802+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | January 29, 2007 | William K. Kilpatrick
    A new book for Catholic children raises some interesting questions about Catholic/Muslim beliefs, and also about Catholic education.  Pauline Books has just published My Muslim Friend — a book which it hopes will give Catholic children, their parents, and their teachers "a new understanding and appreciation of Islam...." An exercise in multicultural evenhandedness, the 48-page book does a good job of explaining the basics of the Catholic faith, and also of presenting basic Muslim beliefs and practices in the context of a friendship between two girls.  But there are problems.  Although My Muslim Friend does deal with differences between Islam...
  • Check out the 2,092 TFP Protests Against the DaVinci Code movie starting May 19, 2006

    12/29/2006 3:44:26 PM PST · by Coleus · 17 replies · 468+ views
    TFP ^ | 12.29.06
    The History of a Nationwide Protest Against The Da Vinci CodeSumming it up: Rallies Take Sony to Task for The Da Vinci CodeA Time for Action—The Da Vinci Code RejectedFor all the Stories Telling the History of this Campaign, Click here  Where We Protested:Click the map below for a state-by-state look at the protest effort See the Protest Pictures   Click here for Photo Gallery Read the Blog of the CampaignClick The Da Vinci Code banner below for a two-week day-by-day account of the campaign's most intense days. Da Vinci Code Chronicle: Get the Arguments Against The Da Vinci...
  • Mike Richardson and Arvid Nelson on Johnny Depp's New Project Rex Mundi [like DaVinci Code]

    09/22/2006 9:17:50 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 8 replies · 491+ views
    IESB.net ^ | 20 September 2006 | Robert Sanchez
    Imagine a 20th Century that still had religious inquisitions, a world where the medieval Catholic Church still controlled everything and everyone. Where people were still burned at the stake, no religious tolerance and a place where everyone feared for their lives. Welcome to the world of Rex Mundi. The first time that I heard about Rex Mundi was while working on the set of Tim Sullivans' Driftwood about a year ago. Famed Rock 'N' Roll KISS photographer turned movie producer Barry Levine mentioned that they were working with Johnny Depp on a film. Sworn to secrecy and under threats of...
  • Clergy Still Like Gibson's Movie

    08/19/2006 10:11:39 AM PDT · by Hal1950 · 9 replies · 653+ views
    It has taken a couple of weeks, but the reviews from evangelical Christian leaders about Mel Gibson's latest performance are now in. Gibson's drunken remarks about "(expletive) Jews" being responsible for "all the wars in the world," which the actor made to a Los Angeles sheriff's deputy who pulled him over on July 28, were "hurtful and unfortunate" (James Dobson), "reprehensible . . . shameful" (the Rev. James Merritt) and "cause for concern" (the Rev. Ted Haggard). But has the actor-director's intemperate speech by the side of a highway prompted any prominent evangelical leader to voice second thoughts about the...
  • 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...
  • Da Vinci code fans wreck church window in Holy Grail hunt

    08/25/2006 10:39:02 AM PDT · by jrooney · 37 replies · 985+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 24th August 2006 | DAVID WILKES
    The Reverend Charmian Beech blamed a pair of 'Da Vinci Code-style' treasure hunters for causing thousands of pounds worth of damage as they searched for clues to help them find the Grail. Stonework was chipped off in four areas inside her church as the offenders tried to remove blocks from the walls to see what is behind them, she said.
  • Da Vinci code fans wreck church window in Holy Grail hunt

    08/24/2006 4:50:58 PM PDT · by Shermy · 16 replies · 919+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | August 24, 2006 | David Wilkes
    Until recently, the 14th century church was a place to enjoy some peace and contemplation. But now things have radically changed for St Luke's Church in the village of Hodnet, Shropshire, with visitors lured by claims that it is linked to the Holy Grail mystery. And some, it seems, will go to any lengths to discover the beautiful church's secrets - even if it means taking a hammer and chisel to the walls. The Reverend Charmian Beech blamed a pair of 'Da Vinci Code-style' treasure hunters for causing thousands of pounds worth of damage as they searched for clues to...
  • "COLD CASE" - TWA FLIGHT 800 Movement in D.C. on FBI cover-up

    08/21/2006 8:19:46 PM PDT · by AnimalLover · 137 replies · 2,669+ views
    World Net Daily.com ^ | August 17, 2006 | Jack Cashill
    Serious movement in D.C. – and if I hadn't been there, I would not have believed it. For several months Joan Wire and her daughter have been trying to secure an appointment with a highly effective government official we'll simply call Mr. Washington. Joan Wire is the stalwart wife of Mike Wire. Mike is the storied "man on the bridge," the single most critical eyewitness in the saga of TWA Flight 800, the 747 that was inexplicably blown out of the sky on the night of July 17, 1996. The CIA built its notorious zoom-climb animation around Mike's position on...
  • Housing Slump Threatens Jobs

    08/21/2006 5:40:55 PM PDT · by ex-Texan · 31 replies · 1,756+ views
    US News.com ^ | 8/20/2006 | Alex Markels
    The economy's growth has never before been so driven by real estate. Now that engine is sputtering. Jiany Massad isn't quite ready to throw in the towel on his fledgling career as a Miami real-estate tycoon. But if the local housing market continues to head south, the 30-year-old real-estate broker is already making alternate plans. "I might restart my old business," he says of a home decorating company that specialized in high-end window treatments. "At least it's real-estate-related." With home sales down by nearly a third in Florida last quarter, thousands of those who hoped to cash in on the...
  • Apostasy 101: How Lou Sheldon and TVC Betrayed Christians in 2006 California Governor's Race

    08/21/2006 1:20:58 PM PDT · by James Hartline · 13 replies · 1,228+ views
    The James Hartline ^ | August 21, 2006 | James Hartline
    (JHR) The Bible talks about a great apostasy that will occur in the last days before the anti-christ is revealed. In the second book of Thessalonians it states: "Don't be fooled by what they say. For the coming of the Lord will not occur until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed -- the one who brings destruction." (2 Thessalonians 2:3) One major Christian organization is now demonstrating that the great falling away, known in most Christian churches as the great apostasy, is well underway. Traditional Values Coalition (http://www.traditionalvalues.org/about.php) claims as its organizational...
  • Traditional Mass Propers For The Feast Day of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, 20 August 2006 A.D.

    08/20/2006 2:37:23 PM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 15 replies · 1,479+ views
    Robert Drobot | 20 August 2006 A.D. | The Most Holy Trinity
    Traditional Mass Propers For The Feast Day ofSaint Bernard of Clairvaux( Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost ) 20 August 2006 A.D. Missa Deus In Loco Santo Suo "....Ephpheta, that is, Be thou opened...." "Nothing is so consoling, so piercing, so thrilling, so overcoming, as the Mass, said as it is among us. I could attend Mass forever, and not be tired. It is not a mere form of words; it is a great action. The greatest action that can be on earth. It is. . .the vocation of the Eternal." -- John Henry Cardinal Newman
  • Iran bans Da Vinci Code

    07/26/2006 7:02:08 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 412+ views
    CNN/Reuters ^ | 7/26/06
    Iran bans Da Vinci Code TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) -- Iran has banned the best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code" after protests from the country's Christian clergy, the culture ministry said on Wednesday, but the Persian translation is already in its eighth edition. Iranian publishing thresholds have relaxed considerably in recent years and Tehran booksellers have noted an increased appetite for new age and spiritual titles. "Based on the request of three Christian clerics, yesterday we decided to ban its republication," said an official at the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance who declined to be named. Most of Iran's Christians...
  • Calls for ban on "Da Vinci Code" in Iran [Muslims say offends Christ]

    07/25/2006 7:43:57 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 13 replies · 623+ views
    Payvand ^ | 7/25/06 | Payvand
    TEHRAN, July 25 (Mehr News Agency) -- The Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO) has called for a ban on the book and film "The Da Vinci Code" in Iran. The decision was made on July 19 during the 48th meeting of the Council for Policy Making on Religions (CPMR), in which the members wrote a letter to the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance calling for a ban on the book and the film. CPMR members expressed their disgust at the religious insult contained in the book and film, saying they deemed it offensive to Christianity. Some Internet sources...
  • DaVinci Escapism [Gnosticism is like Liberalism]

    06/28/2006 9:37:50 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 27 replies · 747+ views
    American Conservative Union Foundation ^ | 6/28/06 | Thomas Brewster
    The Da Vinci Code's gnosticism is not something that disappeared centuries ago. It survives as the religious substance of today's liberalism and its kindred sects of socialism. Gnosticism is the belief that intellectual elites have secret knowledge about the structure of human society and about the relationship between humans and the cosmos. These elites are thereby empowered to direct human affairs. Gnosticism has surfaced repeatedly over the ages, in modern times in the philosophical underpinnings of the 1789 French Revolution. The Da Vinci Code's depiction of gnosticism as the preserver of the "truth" about Jesus and Christianity falls into the...
  • LUCIFER LETTER TO RON HOWARD, DIRECTOR OF THE DA VINCI CODE

    06/25/2006 4:55:39 AM PDT · by carolgr · 6 replies · 478+ views
    THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE WORKER ^ | 7-01-2006 | MICHAEL WESTFALL
    Dan Brown’s bestseller fiction novel, The Da Vinci Code, suggests Mary Magdalene was Jesus’ wife, the mother of Jesus’ offspring, the real Holy Grail and the person meant to lead the church. The book conjectures that just about everything taught about Christ today is a lie, and the truth has been secretly kept from the world because the Bible Gospels promoting the deity of Christ were written in antiquity to hide and cover up the truth. The story casts sinister and wicked shadows on the Roman Catholic Church by implying it murdered to keep the secret about Jesus concealed. Ron...
  • Violence halts The Da Vinci Code Screening in H'bad (India)

    06/23/2006 1:32:14 PM PDT · by The Lion Roars · 33 replies · 550+ views
    HYDERABAD: The screening of controversial Hollywood movie "The Da Vinci Code" was suspended at a theatre here after a group of Christians, protesting against the release of the film, ransacked the theatre. The movie was to be released at Prasad Imax following a direction by the Andhra Pradesh High Court, quashing the state government's order to ban its screening. However, dozens of activists under the banner of the Christian United Front raided the theatre and damaged the property extensively forcing the management to suspend the film's screening. The protesters, who were carrying banners and placards describing the film as "Devil's...