posted on May, 19 2004 @ 03:44 PM
'Da Vinci' author: I left out even more
Decided against including theory Jesus survived crucifixion
CONCORD, New Hampshire (AP) -- Though "The Da Vinci Code" was contentious enough to produce 10 books attempting to discredit it, its author said he
left out what likely would have been the most controversial part.
Dan Brown said that when he wrote the best seller that dissects the origins of Jesus Christ and disputes long-held beliefs about Catholicism, he
considered including material alleging that Jesus Christ survived the crucifixion.
While speaking at a benefit Tuesday for a New Hampshire writers' group, Brown said the theory is backed by a number of "very credible sources," but
that he ultimately decided it was too flimsy.
Since the book was published in March 2003, liberal and conservative writers have cited numerous errors. A key assertion in "The Da Vinci Code" --
that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and that sinister Christians suppressed information about it -- comes from a 1982 book titled "Holy Blood, Holy
Grail," which a New York Times reviewer called "rank nonsense."
Brown said he is grateful his book is generating so much debate. He said apathy is a constant threat to the study of the uncomfortable relationship
between science and religion.
The book casts unflattering light on the Catholic Church, accusing church leaders of demonizing women for centuries and of covering up the truth about
the Holy Grail, which Brown says is Mary Magdalene herself.
"The Da Vinci Code" has sold 7.5 million copies worldwide and is expected to be made into a movie.
How's that for a conspiracy theory, Jesus survived the crucifixion,
I don't think so, that goes against everything else that we've learned in the bible against Jesus, doesn't it ?
[Edited on 19-5-2004 by elevatedone]