Counterfeit Code: Responding to the Da Vinci Heresies
The subject of more than 70,000 biographies, Jesus retains a significance unmatched in human history. However, despite this ocean of ink, every generation debates that ancient question-who is Jesus? Both The Da Vinci Code and Mel Gibson´s controversial film The Passion have created a new round of debate about the carpenter from Nazareth. Who is Jesus? -- that single query leads anyone, Christian or otherwise, to a host of other questions about the Gospels, history, miracles, and revelation. Dan Brown's rather eclectic picture of Jesus in his novel The Da Vinci Code arises out of the forces that have shaped him personally. He is obviously affected by the Christian heritage in America but he has also been influenced by both skeptical philosophies and popular anti-traditional views of Jesus. In keeping with his professed Christian faith, Dan Brown treats Jesus with great respect saying "Jesus Christ was a historical figure of staggering influence, perhaps the most enigmatic and inspirational leader the world has ever seen. Sadly, the reverent treatment for Jesus is beside the point when contrasted with Brown's overall view of Christ and the church. The key assertions that undergird the novel destroy classical Christian convictions about Jesus Christ.