Sunday, June 27, 2004

De-Coding Da Vinci

I was browsing the shelves of our local Barnes & Noble today and was pleased to see Carl Olson & Sandra Meisel's The Da Vinci Hoax: Exposing the Errors in The Da Vinci Code given prominent display in the religion section. I had the opportunity to read the first two chapters and it looks to be very, good -- in the words of Cardinal Francis George, "the definitive debunking."

However, for those who don't have the time to plow through all 375 pages of The Da Vinci Hoax, I heartily recommend Mrs. Welborn's De-Coding Da Vinci, which in itself is an excellent rebuttal. From what I've heard, the novel itself was rather bad and despite Dan Brown's claims to be factual, is anything but. Consequently, it doesn't take Ms. Welborn more than a hundred or so pages to engage in a sufficient point by point refutation of his chief allegations. A quick but very substantial read.

One more thing -- I particularly appreciated the study questions at the end of each chapter, and the recommendations for further reading, making this an ideal text for use by any youth minister or teacher wishing to discuss the claims of the novel with his class.

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