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August 30th 2008

Da Vinci Code Decoded

I loved Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.  It was a fun read.  It had mysteries and conspiracy theories and, lest we forget, it was a work of fiction.  It certainly annoyed the heck out of a lot of people, most notably the Catholic Church.

Martin Lunn is, according to the blurb on the back of the book, an expert historian.  Historians aren’t generally given to flights of fictional fancy.  He goes to great length to discuss virtually all the controversial bits in Brown’s book.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book for two reasons.  First, I’m fascinated by history, especially ancient history.  Second, Lunn’s discussions of the controversies point to the fact that Brown managed to take many kernels of truth and wrap a nice story around them.

From the cover blurb:

The reality of Catholic offshoot Opus Dei… the hard facts about the bloodline of Christ and King David… the shocking secrets of the Holy Grail… the origins of the Knights Templar and the infamous Priory of Sion… the secrets of Temple Church and Rosslyn Cathedral… and much more.

I suspect the people who hated The Da Vinci Code will not like Da Vinci Code Decoded a whole lot better.

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May 30th 2005

The Passover Plot

The Passover Plot30. The Passover Plot by Dr. Hugh J. Schonfield

This took forever to read! It’s written in a very dry academic style, which is completely appropriate given the subject matter. However, since it’s not exactly light reading, I only managed to get through a few pages at a time.

There’s a lot to ponder, as well. Whether one is Christian or not, whether one believes in the alleged divinity of Jesus or not, it is a treatise that sheds light on the era in which Christianity was born. I no longer feel vaguely annoyed that Christianity seemed to leap into existence fully formed like Athena from the head of Zeus. Schonfield’s work answers some of the questions I’ve been posing since I was a precocious child in Catholic school. Delightfully, the answers lead to even more questions. I’ve got his follow-up book, Those Incredible Christians, at the top of my To Be Read pile.

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