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The DaVinci Hoax:
Exposing the Errors in the Da Vinci Code
by Carl Olson and Sandra Miesel
(Item #83706) $15.95
The Da Vinci Code,
Dan Brown’s best selling novel, purports to be more than fiction:
it claims to be based on fact and scholarly research. Brown wants
his readers to believe that he is revealing the long-concealed truth
about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and early Christianity, a truth that he
says has been suppressed by the malevolent and conspiratorial forces
of the Catholic Church. The novel alleges that there has been
throughout history a secret group of true followers of a Gnostic
Jesus and his wife, Mary Magdalene, the true “Holy Grail”.
Almost everything most Christians and non-Christians think they know
about Jesus, according to Dan Brown, is completely wrong, the result
of Catholic propaganda designed to hide the truth from the world.
But are The Da Vinci Code’s claims fact or just plain
fiction? Is the novel well-researched as claimed? What is the truth
about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and the early Church? Has the Catholic
Church distorted the real Jesus? Why is the novel so popular? What
about the anti-Catholic, anti-Christian agenda behind the novel?
Best selling author Carl Olson and journalist Sandra Miesel answer
these and other important questions. Their painstaking research into
The Da Vinci Code and its sources reveals some surprising
truths. No one who has read or heard about The Da Vinci Code
should miss this provocative and illuminating new book.
Praise for The Da Vinci Hoax
"Finally! Someone has taken the trouble to counter the
absurdities of The Da Vinci Code, and to confront all the
anti-Christian and anti-Catholic rhetoric that book has inspired. In
writing their own well-informed and well-argued text, Olson and
Miesel have done a real service, not just to Christians, but to
anyone weary of contemporary fads and foolishness. And unlike the
original Code, The Da Vinci Hoax is a delight to read."
Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies,
Pennsylvania State University
“In The Da Vinci Hoax, Carl Olson and Sandra Miesel bring
their considerable analytical powers to bear on the phenomenally
successful novel by Dan Brown. The Da Vinci Code is a
writhing nest of neo-Gnostic myths, blatant falsehoods, half-truths
and absurd suppositions presented as facts--indeed, it is one of the
most odious cases of revisionist history that have appeared during
the past two centuries.
Olson and Miesel dissect it carefully--break the code of the Code,
as it were--revealing not only Brown’s distortions of history but
the underlying malice in his ‘fictional’ attack on Christianity.
The Da Vinci Hoax is more than a refutation of a single book;
it is an antidote to a poisonous genre that is growing in
contemporary writing. This is a fascinating read and very good
Author, Father Elijah: An Apocalypse
“The title of this book by Carl Olson and Sandra Miesel says it
all. The authors of The Da Vinci Hoax deserve our gratitude
for exposing in considerable detail and with a sure touch the
fabrications of Dan Brown’s book. Theirs is the definitive
--Cardinal Francis George
Archbishop of Chicago
“I’ve painfully watched some usually-sensible university
students fall victim to The Da Vinci Code disease. I’ll
enjoy having this clearly-written antidote to prescribe.”
Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
Editor-in-chief, World Magazine
“Olsen and Miesel have done a superb and meticulous job of
dissecting the fraud which is The Da Vinci Code. Not only
Christians, but all fair –minded people owe them a debt of
Professor of History, St. Louis University
The facts behind the fiction of the Da Vinci Code
by Amy Welborn
Amy Welborn addresses the misrepresentation of history,
religion, and art in The Da Vinci Code.
- Did Leonardo actually build these "codes" into his
- Was the Priory of Sion a real organization?
- Is the Holy Grail really, as he says, Mary Magdalen's womb and now
her bones, and not the Last Supper cup?
- Is Opus Dei really what The Da Vinci Code says is it?
- What was Constantine's true role in early Christianity?
- Was Jesus human or divine or both?
- Was he married to Mary Magdalene?
- Do secret writings not in the Bible really contain truths about
Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and the "sacred feminine"?
De-Coding Da Vinci is complete with discussion questions in
every chapter. It is a perfect tool to become well-versed in the important
issues raised by The Da Vinci Code. (Item #83670) $9.95