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de-Coding Da Vinci: The Facts Behind the Fiction of the Da Vinci Code [Paperback]

Amy Welborn
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April 1 2004
De-Coding Da Vinci is a handy, thorough, yet easy-to-read resource that can help readers understand the difference between fact and fiction in the best-selling novel by Dan Brown.

De-Coding Da Vinci: The Facts behind the Fiction of The Da Vinci Code addresses the misrepresentation of history, religion and art in The Da Vinci Code. Did Leonardo actually build these codes into his paintings? Was the Priory of Sion a real organization? Is the Holy Grail really, as he says, Mary Magdalene's womb and now her bones, and not the Last Supper cup? Is Opus Dei really what The Da Vinci Code says it is? What was Constantine's true role in early Christianity? Was Jesus human or divine or both? Was He married to Mary Magdalene? Do secret writings not in the Bible really contain truths about Jesus, Mary Magdalene and the sacred feminine?

Complete with discussion questions and suggestions for further reading in every chapter, this is the perfect book to accurately answer questions as well as inspire further conversation. It can be used either as a personal resource to expand one's knowledge of the issues raised by The Da Vinci Code or to lead a discussion for a book club, a church group or to discuss with friends who've read the book and have questions that need to be answered.

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1.0 out of 5 stars I also want my two hours back June 16 2004
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The book is written in a very condescending manner which I found to be insulting at best. Amy Welborn does not appear to understand that Dan Brown's novel was fictional.
I struggled to finish this trite novel and I now wish I had spent my time more wisely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I know art... June 25 2004
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And Ms. Welborn's book is quite accurate on that score. The Da Vinci Code would have been laughable if the misinformation weren't so damaging to the truth about Leondardo and the nature of his art. I fear that too many - millions now, have a terrible caricature of the man all because of this silly novel.
This book offers a good, understandable introduction to the issues, and lays out how silly Brown's misreadings of Leonardo's art and his life are. We hardly know anything at all about Leonardo's (...)life, contrary to what one reviewer and Mr. Brown assert - read any of the biographies, and you find a mention of the youthful sodomy charge, as you do in this book, and then...that is all that is known. There is absolutely no basis on which to assert, as Brown does, that Leonardo was a "flamboyant (...)." It would not matter if he was, but as Ms. Welborn makes clear, there is no reason to accept Mr. Brown as an expert on art (or religious history) when he can't get these simple, well-known facts straight.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I want my 2 hours back June 12 2004
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I like to think of myself as a reasonable man who is willing to at least hear both sidees of the issue before making up my mind about a particular topic. It's this type of attitude that put me through a lot of suffering in reading this book.
To be blunt, I don't think the author could have been more condescending in her tone. Honestly, it was like she was talking like a 4 year old. Telling us what we should be thinking/doing along with the "How can you argue with that. You can't.". Well thanks for telling me what I can and can not think. It seems that chapter after chapter is just littered with "I told you so's" and "Oh, that's cute, you actually belive that?". The worst part is that she feels that some of her arguements are airtight and then asks the reader if it's even possible to imagine an ulterior motive or another plausible explanation. I want to jump and and down and shout at Amy.
So, here's the scoop. The book does make some good points here and there. And I am not an anti-religious fanatic that believes everything Dan Brown says is the truth (I mean come on, it was a fictional story that tried to throw a "what if" spin on it all), but I actually had to stop reading this book at around page 50 on my first attempt because I was so angry and disappointed.
For instance. She spends and ENTIRE PAGE mocking Dan Brown for calling Leonardo "Leonardo Da Vinci", as if it's the most absurd thing she's ever heard. News flash Amy, that's how he is known. Go up to any shmuck on the street. Ask them if they have ever seen any of Leonardo's Paintings. Ask a completely different set of people if they have seen a painting by "Da Vinci". I bet you, and i'm not a betting man, that you'll get at least twice as many people know Da Vinci and not Leonardo by itself.
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I am a Christian and I *have* read the Da Vinci Code. Though I'm intelligent enough to realize that it is a FICTION book that is based on modern theory, I bought Ms. Welborn's book, because I thought it would be a fun follow up to the novel. Boy was I wrong. I couldn't even compleatly finish this book by an author who is VERY full of herself, does not have very good debating skills, and only uses one (maybe two) scorce a chapter to make her point.
Ms. Welborn's way of debunking the novel is very childish and vain. For example, the whole tantrum about Leonardo da Vinci's name just being LEONARDO....That NOBODY calls him Da Vinci. (I have news for you, sweetie, everybody that I've ever heard made referance to LEONARDO has called him Da Vinci, even if it's NOT his name. Brown knew this, and used it in the title.)
The whole book seemed to have an "I'm right and you're wrong. You're a big idiot and I can prove it!" feel to it, and I can't stand people like that.
The thing Ms. Welborn needs to understand is that The Da Vinci Code is placed on the fiction shelf of any bookstore. She needs to get over herself, because her arguments weren't beyond a shadow of a doubt themselves, and perhaps read the book again (I think she misunderstood a few things said in the novel,as well) perhaps keeping in mind that the words she is reading never claimed to be true, or gospel, just good, old fashioned fun.
I didn't hear this much complaining when The Shroud by John Coyne came out, talking about Jeasus' twin, Judas. Hmmmmmmmmm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book May 7 2004
Dan Brown's book is a mismash of nonsense, bad writing, and anti-Catholic bigotry (and no, I'm not Catholic ;-)
Amy's book is a straightforward look at the nonsense: pointing out interesting facts, such as Brown's not citing any part of the New Testament when making up his "life" of Jesus, or his faulty history when dealing secular matters. (Other folks have been talking about the bad -- even awful -- writing.) The bottom line is, Brown's book doesn't really count as historical fiction, 'cause there's really no history involved -- it's pure fantasy. But it's fantasy with a purpose. So it's no surprise that a few folks are responding to his "argument."
I'll agree at least in part with the reviewer who said, "it's for believers." But there's enough nonsense debunked that even someone not terribly familiar with the Christian faith can figure out that Dan Brown has disfigured it mightily. As for Opus Dei, defending them is not a point of Amy's book, but let's face it, Brown's novel could be re-entitled "Protocols of the Elders of Opus Dei." Could you imagine a novel making the best-seller list today if the target were Jews and not Catholics?
Amy's book is short and to the point. And the point is, all but the most wacko scholars today won't go so far as Brown has in "re-imagining" Christianity; nearly all responsible scholars, Catholic or Protestant, would reject his ideas as nonsense.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Far less than I expected.
There are a lot of good points in this book, unfortunately, the author does not remain very objective and takes every chance that she can to slam Dan Brown. Read more
Published on March 2 2005 by Andrew Pitt
5.0 out of 5 stars get a life
anti-catholic? historically wrong? ... as much as we want to think we know everything. WE DON'T. We are always uncovering new facts in history, correcting our mistakes. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2005 by futboler
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Amy Welborn!
Unlike "DaVinci's Code", this book is coherent, interesting, and well-reseaarched. The only mystery in "DaVinci's Code" is how so many can be so gullible!
Published on Dec 18 2004 by Kathleen Chabot
1.0 out of 5 stars Please
Yeah, both views are interessant but people seems to take Dan Burstein's book too seriously. That's a novel not a bible... Read more
Published on Sept. 30 2004 by Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent rebuttal by a gifted writer
Mrs. Welborn has written an excellent rebuttal to 'The Da Vinci Code'. The novel itself was rather bad and despite its proclamation to be factual, was anything but -- consequently,... Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by Christopher Blosser
1.0 out of 5 stars Loose with her facts
Ms. Welborn used her facts loosely making assertions that were only one interpretation of the facts. Read more
Published on June 19 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little critique of DA VINCI
I read DA VINCI at the urging of a friend at work, and was familiar enough with history to recognize it for the outrageous fraud that it is, but I was most pleased to pick up... Read more
Published on June 18 2004 by R. M Connors
5.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm...
The reviewer from Huntsville evidently skipped the portions of this book in which Welborn clearly explains why she wrote her book. Read more
Published on June 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes care of it
Good stuff here. I got a good education in early Christian history, filling in points no one ever bothered to mention in church, and for sure that Dan Brown got way wrong in his... Read more
Published on June 15 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy copies to give away
I have plenty of friends who read "The Da Vinci Code" and who seem to think that it describes some sort of factual, accurate history. Read more
Published on June 15 2004
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