“The Da Vinci Code “- is a novel written by American author and journalist Dan Brown. The novel written in the genre of intellectual detective thriller was able to arouse widespread interest in the legend of the Holy Grail and Mary Magdalene’s place in the history of Christianity.
As a fact, “The Da Vinci Code” generated a lot of criticism when it was published in 2003. Many of the complaints are concentrated in the speculations about the book and the misrepresentations of core aspects of Christianity and the history of the Catholic Church. In addition, there are other academic criticism caused by inaccurate descriptions and information displayed in the book about European art, history and architecture. Regino Cortes, renowned Scripture scholar, said in The Da Vinci Code errors from the Biblical standpoint and unreal from the point of the view facts. Also, the union of Jesus and Mary Magdalene is not verified in any way in the Scriptures.
The idea that Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene and that union produced a daughter, who in turn kept the divine bloodline of Jesus real and alive for 2000 years, despite a massive plot to destroy the church “theological bomb” can be “exciting to some,” and can contribute to “good theater” but “not conducive to a good story”, also was let alone a rigorous biblical analysis.
The idea that after 60 generations, this bloodline resided in a XXI century woman rather than hundreds of thousands of heirs, is patently absurd, unless each generation progeny that give rise to a new generation survivor was of a person, which would be quite difficult to accept.
Speculation that the bearer of the divine blood “can not walk on water” but “hopes to do better turning water into wine” is funny, but completely uninformed. It is assumed that these two biblical images of Jesus are the result of a literal interpretation of the New Testament, which has already been sidelined for many contemporary scholars.
Although the book is a work of fiction, the author begins by saying that “all descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate”, an issue that never justifies from recognized historical sources. “The Da Vinci Code” has generated confusion and has led many to question the past of Christianity. As a result, the book has offended Roman Catholics and other Christian communities, as well as historians, who argue that Brown has twisted and sometimes built-in history. The main problem, with respect to Christianity, is to present a unique view of Jesus Christ, the Catholic Church and some of its institutions, as in the case of Opus Dei.
Also art experts have complained about its murky investigation. There have written over ten books that criticize the book’s thesis. Despite being a work of fiction, some groups have been parodied and defended it, saying the book is inaccurate and inconsistent because, for example, descriptions that are displayed in various art works such as The Last Supper, the author seems to change details of them in order to make sense of the argument of his work, criticism also made by the experts in art history.
Supporters of the book, including the author, show that under the declaration of the ‘facts’ of the book does not claim that the theories presented in “The Da Vinci Code” with respect to the character of Mary Magdalene, Jesus of Nazareth regarding the past of Christianity are true.