Dan Brown’s 2003 best-selling detective novel The Da Vinci Code and its blockbuster spinoff sparked an evangelical conversation about Gnosticism, or esoteric theology, a Christian heresy known for its revisionary approach to biblical history. In the novel, a symbologist investigates a murder in the Paris Louvre Museum and uncovers evidence of a marriage between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. The book initiated debate about the validity of extra-biblical theology and blurred the line between fiction and theological scholarship.
Cannes critics callous about Code, but the movie deviates from book in that the main character, played by Tom Hanks, entertains notion that Jesus might be God after all. Plus: Christian critics slam Poseidon and Just My Luck, but applaud Goal! The Dream Begins.