Discussing the Da Vinci Code: Examining the Issues Raised by the Book and Movie

Discussing the Da Vinci Code: Examining the Issues Raised by the Book and Movie

by Lee Strobel, Garry Poole, Garry Poole
     
 

First as a runaway bestselling novel and then as a blockbuster movie, The Da Vinci Code has fascinated millions. Its allegations against historic Christianity are colorfully portrayed—but are they true, or merely inaccurate accounts of centuries-old myths and heresies?

* Has the true historical record been suppressed?
* Were eighty different gospels

Overview

First as a runaway bestselling novel and then as a blockbuster movie, The Da Vinci Code has fascinated millions. Its allegations against historic Christianity are colorfully portrayed—but are they true, or merely inaccurate accounts of centuries-old myths and heresies?

* Has the true historical record been suppressed?
* Were eighty different gospels contending for the New Testament?
* Was Mary Magdalene really directed to lead the church?
* Does a secret society keep Jesus' bloodline hidden?
* Is the divinity of Jesus the fabrication of a third-century church council?
* How accurate is the research behind these and other assertions in The Da Vinci Code?

Enjoy riveting DVD interviews with noted experts—and prepare for some lively discussions as your group explores provocative issues raised by The Da Vinci Code. Four sessions address the following questions:

1. What Can History Really Tell Us?
2. Can We Trust the Four Gospels?
3. What's the Role of Women in Christianity?
4. Is Jesus Really the Son of God?

This DVD-guided small group forum is designed for use with an accompanying participant's guide that includes discussion questions, sidebar information, background material, Bible verses, and relevant quotes. Each session includes interviews with experts and concludes with facilitator Lee Strobel's perspective.

Also available: Discussing the Da Vinci Code Participant's Guide

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310272656
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
1 - 3 Years

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Discussing the Da Vinci Code

Exploring the Issues Raised by the Book and Movie
By Lee Strobel Garry Poole

Zondervan

Copyright © 2006 Lee Strobel and Garry Poole
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-310-27265-3


Chapter One

Session 1

WHAT CAN HISTORY REALLY TELL US?

Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes! Leonardo da Vinci

Watch It! (DVD Clip #1, 1 minute)

In this brief video segment, Lee Strobel introduces the discussion topic for this session. Use the following space to take a few notes.

Discuss It!

1 What was your overall reaction to The Da Vinci Code? What did you like most about the book? Least? Give reasons for your answers.

2 What questions, issues, or concerns about historical Christianity does The Da Vinci Code raise in your mind?

3 Can historical events be verified? Why or why not? What do you think determines whether or not an historical event actually occurred?

Watch It! (DVD Clip #2, 7 minutes)

Use the following space to take notes as Lee Strobel interviews historian Paul Maier about: history being written by "winners," the reliability of historical documents, and the Priory of Sion. Dr. Maier, a professor of ancient history at Western Michigan University, has written over 250 scholarly articles and reviews in professional journals. His books include In the Fullness of Time, which examines secular evidence for Jesus; a new translation and commentary of the first-century historian Josephus; and a study of Eusebius, the first Christian historian. He also has written three novels, including A Skeleton in God's Closet, a number-one national bestseller in religious fiction.

Discuss It!

4 The Da Vinci Code says that "history is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books - books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe" (p. 256). Do you agree or disagree? Why?

Gauging Historical Accuracy

"Many historians now believe (as do I) that in gauging the historical accuracy of a given concept, we should first ask ourselves a far deeper question: How historically accurate is history itself?" Dan Brown

(Continues...)



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Meet the Author

Lee Strobel (www.LeeStrobel.com), with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School, was the award-winning legal editor of the Chicago Tribune and a spiritual skeptic until 1981. His books include four Gold Medallion winners and the 2005 Christian Book of the Year (coauthored with Garry Poole). He and his wife live in Colorado. Lee Strobel tiene una licenciatura en periodismo de la Universidad de Missouri y una maestria en estudio de leyes de la Universidad Yale. Fue el galardonado editor legal del periodico Chicago Tribune y esceptico espiritual hasta el ano 1981. Es autor de exitos de ventas del New York Times de casi veinte libros y ha sido entrevistado por numerosos programas nacionales de television, incluyendo 20/20 de la cadena ABC, Fox News y CNN. Cuatro de sus libros han ganado el premio Medalla de oro y uno de ellos fue el ganador del premio Libro cristiano del ano 2005 (el cual escribio junto a Garry Poole). Lee sirvio como pastor de ensenanza en las Iglesias Willow Creek y Saddleback. Ademas, contribuye como editor y columnista de la revista 'Outreach'. el y su esposa, Leslie, residen en Colorado. Para mas informacion, visite: www.leestrobel.com

As Willow Creek Community Church's key evangelism leader for over sixteen years, Garry Poole is the innovator of seeker small groups and a strategist of creative outreach initiatives. Passionate about reaching people for Christ, Garry and his team have trained thousands of leaders to launch seeker small groups in their own settings. His award-winning book, Seeker Small Groups, provides a detailed blueprint for facilitating small group discussions that assist spiritual seekers with investigating Christianity. He also wrote The Complete Book of Questions, a collection of 1001 conversation starters and numerous group study guides including The Three Habits of Highly Contagious Christians; The Tough Questions Series, and Experiencing the Passion of Jesus (with Lee Strobel) to accompany Mel Gibson's film, The Passion of the Christ. In 2005, it became the first discussion guide ever to receive the prestigious Charles 'Kip' Jordon Christian Book of the Year award. Garry lives in suburban Chicago and consults on evangelism and seeker small groups at churches around the world. For more information about seeker small groups and bringing Garry to your area, contact: seekergroups@seekerministries.org Garry Poole es director de evangelismo en Willow Creek Community Church en South Barrington, Illinois y tambien es el autor de Seeker Small Groups, The Complete Book of Questions y The Three Habits of Highly Contagious Christians.

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