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Discussing the Da Vinci CodeExploring the Issues Raised by the Book and Movie
By Lee Strobel Garry Poole
ZondervanCopyright © 2006 Lee Strobel and Garry Poole
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Chapter OneSession 1
WHAT CAN HISTORY REALLY TELL US?
Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes! Leonardo da Vinci
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In this brief video segment, Lee Strobel introduces the discussion topic for this session. Use the following space to take a few notes.
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?
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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take notes as Lee Strobel interviews historian Paul Maier about: history being written by "winners," the reliability of historical documents, and the Priory of Sion.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.
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
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