A murder mystery!A conspiracy theory!A hidden code!
Dan Brown's best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code delivers it all: A riveting tale of international intrigue set against a backdrop of religious history. The book has 25 million copies in print and has spent more than two years on the New York Times Bestseller List for Hardcover Fiction.
Almost since the day the controversial novel hit bookstores, evangelicals have discussed it, debated it, and noted its historical and biblical inaccuracies. (There's plenty to read on those topics right here.) And now Christian filmmakers have jumped into the fray.
Breaking the Da Vinci Code is the latest DVD release from Grizzly Adams Productions, which primarily produces "sweeps week" television specials and series for the PAX-TV Network. The documentary is based on three books from an evangelical perspective: Breaking the Da Vinci Code by Darrell Bock, The Da Vinci Deception by Erwin Lutzer, and Cracking Da Vinci's Code by James Garlow.
The documentary's purpose is clearly stated when one expert interviewee says, "Mr. Brown's assertions of accuracy once again fall before modern scholarship."
The documentary begins by summarizing the plot and basic premise of The Da Vinci Code for those who have not read it. However, the movie focuses its investigation on Brown's opening sentence in his book's preface: "FACT: All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents and secret rituals in the novel are accurate." The narrator further clarifies, "Brown's assertions of fact are central to our investigation of his work, along with the reasons he gave to justify those assertions."
Thus begins a sweeping examination of the people, places, and events mentioned in The Da Vinci Code. Along the way, Breaking ...1
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Breaking the Da Vinci Code
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