Thoughtful and balanced
Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code: A Historian Reveals What We Really Know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Constantine
R. E. Statham "Book @ 2005-07-14
I'll make this short, since there are many more people who can write better and more insightful reviews.
This is a balanced book written from a scholarly perspective. It goes on the assumption that non-scholars (those who don't read the ancient languages nor understand the ancient sources) would generally like to know more about the assertions made in Dan Brown's quite entertaining novel "The DaVinci Code."
In my opinion, Bart Ehrman does an outstanding job in going through Brown's book and comparing it against it's own assertions. Since Brown's book clearly asserts in the beginning that the documents quoted from are accurate and scholarly, Ehrman does an excellent job in seeking to see if such is the case.
I agree with Ehrman's findings and conclusions-- that while The DaVinci Code is an entertaining work of fiction, that's all it is. Fiction. I further conclude that Brown is wrong to so clearly assert accuracy when his so-called "sources" are the exact opposite of what is outlined in his book.
While I'm a believer in Jesus and a Christian, I'm of the variety that seeks to have an open mind where arguments such as Dan Brown's are concerned. And I must say that I found Brown's book to be biased, sensational and not balanced at all, while Bart Ehrman's book (which I'm reviewing here) was unbiased, well-written and very balanced. Very thoughtful and most insightful.
So read "The DaVinci Code" and then read "Truth and Fiction in The DaVinci Code" and decide for yourself.
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