The Truth Behind the Da Vinci Code: A Challenging Response to the Bestselling Novel by Richard Abanes
Product description Nationally recognized researcher Richard Abanes, author of Harry Potter and the Bible, looks at three of the most fascinating people in history: Jesus Christ, Mary Magdalene, and Leonardo Da Vinci. Based on his extensive research, Abanes explores the answers to many of the questions that Dan Brown’s fictional thriller, The Da Vinci Code, raises: Are Da Vinci’s paintings really full of clues about an alternative religion? Were Jesus and Mary Magdalene married? Has the church suppressed the truth about the “Lost Gospels”? What is the real nature of the Holy Grail? Join Richard Abanes as he “de–codes” one of the most controversial novels of our time and goes behind the scenes to separate fact from fiction. From the Inside Flap Through Dan Brown's book The Da Vinci Code, you discover a lot of shocking facts about history and Christianity . . . or do you? The Code: Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, whom he named leader of the church before his death. The Truth: This claim has no support even from the Gnostic Gospels mentioned in Brown's book, let alone from historical data. The Code: Since the year 1099, a supersecret society called "The Priory of Sion" has preserved knowledge of Jesus and Mary's descendants. The Truth: Today's "Priory of Sion" was founded in the early 1960s by a French con man who falsified documents o support the story of Jesus' "bloodline." The Code: As a "Priory" leader and pagan goddess-worshiper, leonardo Da Vinci coded secret knowledge about Jesus nad Mary into his paintings. The Truth: Da Vinci had no known ties to any secret Societies. Any obscure images in his paintings likely reflect his personal creativity. Probing, factual, and revealing. The Truth Behind the Da Vinci Code gives you the straightforward information you need to dig through the fiction and unearth the facts. About the Author As a nationally recognized authority on cults and religions, Richard Abanes has spent more than ten years in the field as an author and journalist. In 1997 he received The Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America for his "outstanding work on intolerance in North America." Among his dozen-plus books is the bestselling Harry Potter and the Bible, as well as One Nation Under Gods: A History of the Mormon Church, and Journey Into the Light: Exploring Near Death Experiences. Abanes has been a guest on hundreds of radio and television programs including those on BBC radio, MSNBC, Fox Television Network, and ABC. He has spoken at events held by numerous organizations including The Simon Wiesenthal Center, Mensa, and the Skeptic Society.