"Almost everything our fathers taught us about Christ is false." Just one short sentence, but it's lines like that at the heart of the fiery debate over Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code." The best selling book is now exploding onto the silver screen, and with it renewing the controversy first ignited when the book came out three years ago. Is "The Da Vinci Code" an attack on Christianity as some call it or is it simply just a story?
The author, Dan Brown, stress his story was written as a novel, but does contain historical fact. While he declines most interviews these days, Brown made this statement shortly after the book came out.
"Contrary to what you might believe, I did not write this book to stir up a hornet's nest. Also, I am not the first person to tell the story of Mary Magdalene and the Holy Grail. This idea is centuries old. I am one in a long line of of people who has offered up this alternative theory. 'The Da Vinci Code' describes history as I have come to understand it, through long years of travel, research, reading, interviews and exploration." The Da Vinci's plot is far from simple, but in short: A murder at the Louvre, the world famous museum in Paris, France leads to a clues in the work of the artist Leonardo Da Vinci, as well as the discovery of a secret society hiding an important religious relic and a Catholic group working to confiscate the relic. There you have the gist of "The Da Vinci Code..." A move which challenges some basic tenant of Christianity. Christians of all faiths are voicing their concerns about the film's release and the incorrect message they believe it will send to millions. The American Family Association... You may remember that group from its very public and determined fight against NBC's show "The Book of Daniel"... Lists on its website what it claims are incorrect facts in the film. Like Jesus and Mary Magdalene were man and wife and the new testament is false testimony. The A.F.A. has gone so far in its fight against "The Da Vinci Code," they've teamed up with another ministry group to create "The Da Vinci Delusion," a DVD which they claim points out the errors of facts presented in Dan Brown's work. The twist there, you'll have to pay $25.00 to get the DVD.