As Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of Christ this coming weekend, many question the reliability of our treasured gospel accounts. Even many who call themselves Christians have been swept away into a sea of doubt by Dan Brown’s work of fiction, the The DaVinci Code. Although I have not taken the time to crack open the book myself, all the talk has my curiosity meter twitching. How can the firm reality of the biblical record be undermined by a novel that admits to being a work of fiction?
This weeks White Horse Inn program tackles the topic, Faith, History & The DaVinci Code. Mike Horton talks to Paul L. Maier, history professor and author of The Da Vinci Code: Fact or Fiction. Maier characterizes the historical claims of the novel as “falsehood piled upon distortion.” He literally laughs at most of the so-called historical claims found within Dan Brown’s book. For example, Dan Brown’s historian character doesn’t even date the discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls accurately, not to mention the fact that he completely fabricates the scrolls content.
Darrell L. Bock, New Testament professor at Dallas Theological Seminary also provides a full length Critique in his book, Breaking The Da Vinci Code: Answers to the Questions Everybody’s Asking. Some of these questions include:
- Who was Mary Magdalene?
- Was Jesus Married?
- Would Jesus Being Single be Un-Jewish?
- Do the So-Called Secret, Gnostic Gospels Help Us Understand Jesus?
- What Is the Remaining Relevance of The Da Vinci Code?
If you want a quick introduction to the key points, let me suggest, Not InDavincible: A Review and Critique of The DaVinci Code by internet apologist J. P. Holding. The radio show “Issues Etc.” recently interviewed Holding on the subject and you can catch the audio on his Tektonics web site.
The fiction of The Da vinci Code even made it onto the table at last months Biblical Reliability Conference hosted by the University of Minnesota. Craig Blomberg of Denver Seminary presented a two part lecture: 1. The DaVinci Code: Was There a Plan to Suppress “Secret” Gospels? and 2. The DaVinci Code: Was There a Conspiracy to Concoct a Divine Jesus? You can listen to the two hour talks yourself, but at the end of each talk he offers the simple answer to each question – “no.”