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Author Dan Brown

- How does his research stack up?
by Garry Williams, Ph.D. , Tutor in Church History and Doctrine at Oak Hill Theological College in London.

Author Dan Brown bases much of his The Da Vinci Code on historical references. He even makes the specific claim that the Priory of Sion is a real organization. Now, many times when reading a novel with a historical base, readers will assume the author has done his research and it reporting true facts in his book. How well does Brown know his history?

We need to note that there are numerous simple and yet serious errors of fact throughout the book. These simple errors indicate that Brown is in fact piecing together bits from other books without knowing the material properly himself. Certainly that is what the authors who have apparently sued him for intellectual theft seem to be implying. Let me rattle through some examples.

Author Dan Brown - Specific Errors

  • Brown says that "The Nag Hammadi and Dead Sea scrolls... [are] the earliest Christian records." (page 331) But the Dead Sea scrolls never mention Jesus or anything Christian.
  • Brown says that the divinity of Jesus was established at the Council of Nicaea by 'a relatively close vote' (p. 315). But only two out of the 250 or so bishops voted against the creed.
  • Brown says that Pope Clement V burned Templars at the stake "and tossed unceremoniously into the Tiber River." which is in Rome (p. 447). But Clement was Pope from 1305-14 and fixed his residence at Avignon - he never went to Rome.
  • Brown says that the 'nuns' of the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception gave instructions for the Madonna of the Rocks painting (p. 191). But there were no nuns in the order - it was an all male group.
  • Brown says that the documents in the Paris Bibliothèque Nationale which tell of the Priory of Sion, the Dossier Secrets, 'had been authenticated by many specialists' (p. 280). But they are a hoax. This was exposed some years ago by French journalist Jean-Luc Chaumeil. He published books on the subject, and even the BBC put out a documentary outlining the hoax in that they were fakes.

Author Dan Brown - the facts show flaws in his research

Given the importance of the Priory in Brown's reconstruction of events, given its key role as custodian 1996. The forger of the texts himself, Philippe de Chérisey, admitted in a collection of papers of the bloodline of Jesus, this is a terminal blow to Brown's alternative history. The entire later phase of Brown's history, from the supposed foundation of the Priory in 1099, is knocked out when these documents are exposed as fakes.

Therefore, facts offered in The Da Vinci Code by author Dan Brown must be viewed with suspicion. His alternative interpretation of the Holy Grail myth cannot be counted as reliable.

Excerpted from:
Williams, Garry The Da Vinci Code - From Dan Brown's Fiction to Mary Magdalene's Faith
© 2006 Christian Focus Publications, Ross-shire, Scotland pp.16-18

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