Wednesday, April 05, 2006

THE "DA VINCI" HOAX


When I posted my blog entry "Debating 'Da Vinci,'" I was not able to find the link to the Salon article "The Da Vinci Crock," from 2004. But, thanks to author Amy Welborn (and her Amazon blog), here it is:

The Da Vinci crock

A fascinating conspiracy about Jesus transformed the cheesy thriller, "The Da Vinci Code," into a phenomenal bestseller. Too bad it comes from "Holy Blood, Holy Grail," a masterpiece of bogus history.
Whole story here.

By the way, Ms. Welborn also makes an interesting point in her recent blog entry, "As Long As There's Dialogue":

One of the more frequent memes you hear thrown about in regard to this whole DVC business is, "Wow, it's great because, you know...it's got people talking about these issues. That's the important thing..that there's dialogue and conversation!"
Is it really?

[snip]

The conversation that's been inspired by DVC and that's fixated on a purported marriage between Jesus and Mary Magdalene and Jesus' purported ministry as a bland, platitude-spouting wisdom teacher is certainly a conversation. But it's like a conversation about wood stove safety that's inspired by Hansel and Gretel. I mean - we can do better than this, folks.

Related links:
AMAZON LISTMANIA: DEBATING DA VINCI
HEARING "HERETIC"
DA VINCI IN TIME FOR DA MOVIE
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