Cracking DaVinci's Code: You've Read the Fiction, Now Read the Facts

by James L. Garlow, Peter Jones

Still more Da Vinci’s Code! Of the books I’ve read on The Da Vinci Code, this is the best. James Garlow and Peter Jones weave together a good response to Dan Brown’s claims. They do this with the standard non-fiction fare but also weave throughout the book a narrative about Carrie and Evan. It’s not quite a page-turner like Dan Brown’s fiction but it does provide additional interest.
Also included is a diagram at the start of each chapter. At first the meaning of these puzzled me. Then I noticed that the diagrams were developing chapter by chapter and I realized that they were showing the effect that The Da Vinci Code has on one’s worldview. According to Garlow & Jones the effect can be dramatic.
bq. It is not a neutral fictional tale that adds a few historical facts for a ring of truth. It is a propaganda piece for a religious worldview.
While searching for books to read on The Da Vinci Code, I came across this one in the London Public Library system… Mysteries and Secrets of the Templars: The story behind the Da Vinci Code written by two former high-ranking Templars. I made it a few pages in but found it to be unrewarding. Phrases like “we are left juggling several tantalizing possibilities” pepper the parts of the book that I skimmed through.

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