David S. Guptill | 02/25/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD is just a little too full of itself but does a pretty good job of debunking Dan Brown's fiction that is mistaken for fact. It might help some of those individuals who think DaVinci's Code is true life."
Anselm of Milan | Cambridge, England | 06/17/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The previous reviewer said he didn't believe Christianity is under attack, and then continued by stating he didn't believe Christianity was the holder of truth. Well, actually that ideology is at the heart of the attack on Christianity, the denial that there is such a thing as truth. As a result, what is both unscholarly and without any factual merit can now be advertised to the public as "based on historical fact," as The Da Vinci Code has demonstrated.
If you actually believe in such a thing as truth, and you want to separate truth from fiction, this DVD is very helpful in that regard, and is relatively well made. It is EXACTLY ONE HOUR in length (give or take a few seconds). For showing to those who are actually questioning the authenticity of the "based on historical facts" often advertised with the Da Vinci Code, this is a quite strong reply. In truth, it takes very little to debunk the Da Vinci Code, as Dan Brown has shown himself by anyone of a scholarly mind to be a bad excuse for an amateur scholar, of which he is not even worth the title. Dan Brown is deceptive, as is his publisher, when they say it is based on historical facts, and not a series of empty conjectures and a falsified retelling of history. If you are a pastor or other kind of church worker, this is a very helpful tool for easily and quickly debunking this nonsense.
I do think for the non-Christian it becomes somewhat sappy near the end as it brings forth the historical facts concerning the death of Christ (it is intended as a witnessing tool), and they should also be aware that the presentation of the historical Christian view of Baptism and the Lord's Supper is very American Evangelical and without historical merit, and reflects the religious persuasion of the authors perspective and not the perspective of historical Christianity (Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, or Lutheran) throughout most of church history and in most places where the church has existed.
Oh, for any of you who think that we can't really know what the truth is, I highly recommend another work: "History, Law, and Christianity" by Dr. John Warwick Montgomery. It is a quick and to the point read, and is an introduction to the historical case for the factual evidence supporting the historical Christian faith. This book is well complimented as follow-up by: Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell."
Interesting but Perfunctory at Best
gobirds2 | New England | 06/02/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
""Exposing the Davinci Code" is mildly intriguing and perfunctory at its best. I do not believe that Christianity is truly under attack. It almost seems to be a question of what to include or not include or accept or dismiss in one's literary basis of a singular book that one draws upon for spiritual foundation. Who truly is to say? Who has 100 percent of the facts? What is fact and faith? Faith is really what it comes down to. The novel that has exploded into soul-searching quest for truth or basis in truth for some theological beliefs is just a book of fiction. If you examine books of any historical subjects there are many perspectives and points of view. Intriguing stuff but you alone must decide if you are morally haunted by such profound enrichments.
Good Intentions, Bad Information
Pedro Rosario | Río Piedras, PR USA | 07/21/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"One of the problems with this documentary is that the heart of those who make it are in the right place, but some of the information is faulty. For example, it relies to heavily in Christian scholars. This by itself is not bad, if they act as real scholars, this should not be bad. However, it would give an air of objectivity if they would have talked with other non-Christian scholars who do believe that The Da Vinci Code is a hoax. The fact that it begins almost stating that everything that the Bible says is true, actually compromises that objectivity.
An example of misinformation is when they say that the "Dossier Secrets" say that Pierre Plantard made himself be Jesus' descendant through the Merovingian dynasty. However, this is not exactly true. The original intention of the "Dossiers Secrets" is to make Pierre Plantard be descendant of the Merovingian dynasty. But Jesus nor Mary Magdalene are mentioned in the "Dossiers". In fact Plantard never claimed, and even denied, being Jesus' descendant. The whole theory about the Merovingian dynasty was Jesus' descendance came from Richard Leigh, Michael Baigent and Henry Lincoln in their book "The Holy Blood, and the Holy Grail".
It also, sometimes, relies sometimes in what the pseudo-scholars, Clive Prince and Lynn Picknet, have to say. They are the big misinformed and the big misinformers. So, it would be questionable to actually rely with anything they have to say.
Again, this documentary is well intended. And fundamentally it is right about "The Da Vinci Code", but unfortunately it is not that good."