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Andrew Kelley 12/18/07 Religion 121 Final Biblical Inaccuracies in The Da Vinci Code While many books claiming religious inaccuracies have come and gone, few have created the buzz that Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code has. Released in March of 2003, the book has printed over 60.5 million copies thus far and is still printing today. However, another best selling book, the Bible, contains much information that could discredit the claims made by Brown. Brown uses historical inaccuracies to move his story along and appeal to postmodern culture. Postmodern culture has shown that citizens of today have a severe distrust in authority, which Dan Brown uses to his advantage in writing this novel. The Da Vinci Code brings forth many ideas to appeal to postmodern culture. However, the Bible easily disproves these ideas. While The Da Vinci Code contains many falsehoods, it creates these in order to create a captivating story as a fiction novel. It is difficult to accuse Dan Brown of attempting to discredit Christianity as we know it. He is simply living in the time of post modernity. It is an aspect of the culture to raise questions of the hierarchy. Instead of blaming Brown for simply presenting another idea of Jesus’ life, it should be society’s fault for believing the book’s every word. Many religious scholars, such as Dr. Darrell Bock, author of Breaking the Da Vinci Code , have taken The Da Vinci Code too literally and have tried to discredit the entire book. It is important to remember that this novel is a piece of fiction work. It in no way or shape is trying to reshape Christianity; it is simply here for our entertainment. While discussing The Da Vinci Code it is important to understand that this is a fiction novel, not a non-fiction attack on Christianity.
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The first point that Brown inaccurately assumes deals with the gospels. He says that “…any gospels that described earthy aspects of Jesus’ life had to be omitted from the Bible” (244 Brown). That is certainly false, as there are many instances in the Bible where Jesus shows earthy aspects of himself, such as emotion and love. Jesus shows the earthy aspect of love throughout all the gospels as he cures and helps his fellow people. Jesus also shows self-restraint after he is tempted by the devil in Luke 4:1-12.
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