View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

The Da Vinci Oops

Here's just a few inaccuracies in The Da Vinci Code (culled from a number of sources and my feeble brain).

In the book, Brown claims that the Council of Nicea was held to declare Jesus' divinity.

Not so.

It was to clarify the nature of Jesus' divinity; the council participants all believed in that divinity before they met.

Christians acknowledged his divinity from the beginning - as the first century canonical Gospels and Paul's writings attest.

The Dead Sea Scolls were found in the 1947, not the 1950s as claimed in the book.

The book claims there were 80 gospels. We only have texts of about 15 - and we don't have complete texts of some of them.

The book claims that the Gospel of Philip referred to Mary Magdalene as Jesus' "companion" using the Aramaic word for spouse. The Gospel of Philip was written in Coptic, not Aramaic, and the word cited was actually Greek, not Aramaic.

The books claims Pope Clement V ordered leaders of the Knights Templar to be burned at the state and their ashes tossed in the Tiber. Pope Clement did suppress the Knights, but he was an Avingnon Pope - serving his entire papacy in France, not Italy.

The Opus Dei headquarters in the book is in New York. It's actually in Rome.


Blogger Paula said...

And it is a vulgar novel.Poor quality literature.This is also a BIG oops.

10:06 AM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Yes. It is poorly written.

10:27 AM  

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