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The Da Vinci Hoax: Exposing the Errors in the Da Vinci Code [Audio CD]

Carl E. Olson , Sandra Miesel , Matthew Arnold
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June 1 2006
The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown’s best selling novel, purports to be more than fiction: it claims to be based on fact and scholarly research. Brown wants his readers to believe that he is revealing the long-concealed truth about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and early Christianity, a truth that he says has been suppressed by the malevolent and conspiratorial forces of the Catholic Church. The novel alleges that there has been throughout history a secret group of true followers of a Gnostic Jesus and his wife, Mary Magdalene, the true "Holy Grail". Almost everything most Christians and non-Christians think they know about Jesus, according to Dan Brown, is completely wrong, the result of Catholic propaganda designed to hide the truth from the world.

But are The Da Vinci Code’s claims fact or just plain fiction? Is the novel well-researched as claimed? What is the truth about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and the early Church? Has the Catholic Church distorted the real Jesus? Why is the novel so popular? What about the anti-Catholic, anti-Christian agenda behind the novel?

Best selling author Carl Olson and journalist Sandra Miesel answer these and other important questions. Their painstaking research into The Da Vinci Code and its sources reveals some surprising truths. No one who has read or heard about The Da Vinci Code should miss this provocative and illuminating new book.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the lot June 25 2004
Format:Paperback
Up till now, I thought Darrell Bock's Breaking the Da Vinci Code was the best book on exposing the errors of Dan Brown's multi-million selling foolishness. This new book is slightly better, primarily because it's more comprehensive.
For one thing, it extensively quotes not only the main characters in Brown's book as they relate their version of "history," it also has quite a few quotes from the author himself from various interviews. These quotes are then examined for accuracy in relation to a wide variety of expert opinion. In every case, the quotes Brown has his characters utter, as well as his own quotes, are shown to be either simply false or the opinions of a tiny minority of authors whose views have been found wanting at the bar of history and scholarship. This book, which is about twice as long as Bock's book (which is limited pretty much to the time before Constantine and the Council of Nicea), also covers a good deal more ground. Topics addressed include Holy Grail myths, the real Templars, the Priory of Sion silliness, and errors in interpreting not only Leonardo's Last Supper but his take on art, the occult, and Christianity in general.
If you think The Da Vinci Code--the foundations of which are a synthesis of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, The Templar Revelation, The Chalice and the Blade, Drawing Down the Moon, and the works of Margaret Starbird and other marginalized and/or discredited books--accurately depicts what really went on in Western history (which no serious person does who has any familiarity with the available materials), then you will not like any of the books debunking Dan Brown's ridiculous book, least of all this one. But if you want to find out what really happened, this gives as complete an accounting as you'll find anywhere.
In sum, this critique is extensive, even exhaustive, and in the end entirely persuasive.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
A reviewer on this list advises us to grow up and get a life rather than read a book debunking the hoax perpetrated by Dan Brown's 'Da Vinci Code.' He suggests that wild story telling is the nature of fiction or even, one has to assume, historical fiction, in which a story is told within the context of real events with cameos by historical figures. This suggestion is, of course, just silly.
If a writer is writing historical fiction and tells his readers in story, say, that George Washington was a serial rapist and slave butcher - and that book sells a kazillion copies and is made into a movie, this reviewer would have us believe those books written to tell us the facts about Washington are all 'exploitation' silliness and unnecessary. Isn't it the writer of such fiction, who turns history on its head to advance a political or anti-religious agenda, the real exploiter? 'The Da Vinci Hoax,' by telling us the facts and correcting the absurd assertions and irresponsible errors of 'The Da Vinci Code,' will help, one hopes, to prevent Dan Brown's anti-clerical diatribe and exploitation of people's interest in the historical Jesus from becoming the popular understanding of Christian history. I say "one hopes" not because of any deficiency in this book; its scholarship and care in refuting the innuendo and outright nonsense of 'Code' is as comprehensive a treatment as will ever be published, I expect, and the authors are to be commended for their sobriety and their never descending to Brown's level. My doubts about its efficacy in correcting the growing popular idea, consequent to the 'Code,' that Jesus of Nazareth lived on after his crucifixion are only due to the greater reach of sensational fiction and a movie as compared to a non-fiction book, however well written and documented.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real truth about the davinci code May 23 2006
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Format:Paperback
Carl Olson and Sandra Miesel should have called this book "the davinci AXE" because thats what it did to the davinci code. Every single chapter and section of this book just chopped away at Dan Brown's dubious and uneducated claims.
The research that was done in this book is incredible. It's accurate and real as compared to Brown's so called research.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know the truth about early Christianity and a very clear picture about the Catholic Church. God Bless the authors :):):)
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening. July 6 2004
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Format:Paperback
I read the Da Vinci Code after someone insisted that I read it, and eventually bugged me for long enough that I finally did. At the point where it first introduced the concept of Jesus and Mary Magdalene being married and having a child, I scoffed. I had read the Gnostic gospels prior to the Code, and knew how laughably false they were. Documents such as a child Jesus misbehaving and using his supernatural powers on other children I found humorous, and an account where it tells how about God raped Eve in the garden of Eden I found strange. Jesus, to the Gnostic gospels, was a light power above the god of the Old Testament, who, according to these writings, never suffered the death on the cross. While Brown's novel prodes the reader toward the Gnostic gospels, he leaves out most of the absurdities such as the ones previously mentioned, doesn't state that they were probably made up because the author chose very important people like Mary Magdalene and apostles to attribute their authorship to, unlike the "nobodies" like Mark who wrote the New Testament gospels. It would've been okay if Brown stated "the contents are purely fictional and a 'What if' scenario" but he presents it as the truth, and the Da Vinci Hoax intelligently judges his research and counters it. I recommend this book to anyone who reacts "Oh my God, Jesus had a child, yeah, go females, we are the true gods, worship the goddess!" Sadly, that is how most react to the Da Vinci Code. Also, the Da Vinci Code takes the attitude, "If it has to do with religion, it's okay" while portraying the ritual sex as harmless. I bet Brown would condone using dangerous drugs to experience a spiritual effect as well. Please, if you know anyone who is convinced the Da Vinci Code is as completely true, buy them this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Thorough Rebuttal of the 'Facts' from a Catholic Perspective
I read The DaVinci Code. I also read formula romances published by Harlequin. Frankly, the romances are better written. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not that wonderful
I've read the Da Vinci Code, and took it as it is, Fiction.
This book presents reasons for the fictional writing, but it wasn't written well. Read more
Published on April 15 2006 by Caroline
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Davinci Code
At least, this book is more interested in truth than Da Vinci Code. Maybe it sells less copies.
Published on July 19 2004 by Rafael Lopez Callejon
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting - not convincing.
This book is, at best, an exercise to boost the author's faith in their version of history after it has taken such an obvious hit. Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by Chris Brewer
3.0 out of 5 stars well researched
This book had an incredible amount of detail that provided me with more background on the historical points of Dan Brown's book. Read more
Published on July 17 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars a supplement, not a response, to brown
I have to admit that the primary reason I gave in to all my friends' entreaties and broke down and read Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" was so that I could understand the... Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by Keith Hilzendeger
5.0 out of 5 stars Goes into More Detail than Others I have Read
Carl Olson and Sandra Miesel have finally written exactly what I was looking for in terms of detailed de-bunking of the Da Vinci Code and its underlying heresy. Read more
Published on July 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the DVC Debunkers
I've read quite a few books of the Holy Blood, Holy Grail (HBHG) genre over the last two decades, and generally enjoyed them -- not as history, but as a fun, pseudo-historical... Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by Michael J. Hurst
5.0 out of 5 stars A more-than-welcome work.
To those that had (or "are having") the courage to peruse Dan Brown's not very original, just better-looking exploit of yet another anti-christian hipe, Olson and... Read more
Published on July 2 2004 by Guy de Bernard
1.0 out of 5 stars It's fiction people. Get over it.
You know that you've become a true best-selling novelists when other writers attempt to leech off of your success. The Da Vinci Code is a work of fiction, people. Get over it. Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by Brian
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