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Thread: The Da Vinci Code

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    Re: The Da Vinci Code

    Dan Brown's books, while fascinating, are a lot of times inaccurate in the links Brown is trying to make.

    I've just finished reading his latest work, The Lost Symbol, a week and half or so ago, and without doing a research on the internet I've managed to spot myself three inaccuracies.

    For example, he has made the claim that Amen, the word used religiously by all three big religions, is derived from the name of the Egyptian God, Amun, while in truth, this is nothing but a baseless theory.
    In reality the word is based on the Semitic language, specifically ancient Hebrew. It comes from the word 'emuna', which means faith, and Amen itself is supposed to mean "believe it and it will be so" or something like that.

    Another example would be the etymology of the word sincerely, and Dan Brown has used this in his book The Digital Fortress as well as The Lost Symbol.
    He claims there that it originally meant "without wax" (Sine = without, cera = wax) while again this is nothing but a theory, in truth it comes from Latin Sincerus which simply means "pure" or "clean", and is believed to literally mean "one growth" (Sin = one, crescere = to grow).

    However, of course he does make many accurate links such as the claim that the word "cereal" is being derived from the name of Ceres, the Roman Goddess of agriculture, and many other claims.
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    Re: The Da Vinci Code

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    He's spot on. I recently read just over half of a similar cod-historical "non-fiction" book, 1421 by Gavin Menzies purporting to show that the Chinese explored the Americas and Australasia way before Columbus or Tasman. Again, assumptions, assertions and no tangible evidence to substantiate ridiculous claims.
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    Re: The Da Vinci Code

    Some of it is possible. Jesus could have married Mary and had a child, sure. (Assuming you believe they even existed.)

    But do I believe it? No. Just because something is possible doesn't mean you should believe it.

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    Re: The Da Vinci Code

    Quote Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
    Some of it is possible. Jesus could have married Mary and had a child, sure. (Assuming you believe they even existed.)

    But do I believe it? No. Just because something is possible doesn't mean you should believe it.
    Of course, it's believable. Jesus could have met Mary at the local McDonald's, and invited her out on a date, after munching out on camel burgers. Then they went to a drive-in movie, and made it in the back seat during the Godzilla feature.
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    Re: The Da Vinci Code

    It's been a long time since I read the book, but I honestly don't know if we'll ever know for sure if the claims it made are true. I don't find the idea of Jesus having children to be unbelievable though.
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    Re: The Da Vinci Code

    I considered it fiction, but allowed for the possiblity that it was truth.

    Of course, I did the same with all the sci-fi movies I've watched...

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    Re: The Da Vinci Code

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    I considered it fiction, but allowed for the possiblity that it was truth.

    Of course, I did the same with all the sci-fi movies I've watched...

    But at least with Sci-Fi no one is trying to convince you that the flights of fancy are scientific fact, or even workable hypotheses. To be fair, Dan Brown doesn't claim that, but the authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail did, Gavin Menzies does, Erik Von Danniken did. These are the sort of books that need debunking. No need to consider whether the DVC might be based on a true history of the offspring of Jesus, as it doesn't claim to be any such history. It's just a fairy tale.
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    Re: The Da Vinci Code

    Quote Originally Posted by tlmorg02 View Post
    I really have no idea, but the fact that Mary M. was indeed apart of Jesus's entourage, as it were, may lead one to see the possibility. Also there are the gospels that were left out of the bible, such as Mary's that many feel was suggestive of a close relationship between Jesus and Mary.
    And they were left out of the Holy Scriptures because they were seen as not being the true story of our Lord Jesus Christ...
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    Re: The Da Vinci Code

    Quote Originally Posted by Proud South Korean View Post
    Actually, if you look closely at the introduction, every facts except the plot is said to have been researched and be true. That includes the Priory of Sion
    The Priory of Sion was a false organization in France in the 1950s that created a fictious history for itself. It lasted less than a decade...
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    Re: The Da Vinci Code

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post

    He's spot on. I recently read just over half of a similar cod-historical "non-fiction" book, 1421 by Gavin Menzies purporting to show that the Chinese explored the Americas and Australasia way before Columbus or Tasman. Again, assumptions, assertions and no tangible evidence to substantiate ridiculous claims.
    Menzies work is a peace of crap. Did you know he wrote a sequel? 1434: The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance. Someone forgot to tell him that the Renaissance was well underway in 1434.

    And people believe that crap...
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