The Da Vinci Hoax: Exposing the Errors in The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Hoax: Exposing the Errors in The Da Vinci Code

by Carl E. Olson, Sandra Miesel

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The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown's best selling novel, purports to be more than fiction: it claims to be based on fact and scholarly research. Brown wants his readers to believe that he is revealing the long-concealed truth about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and early Christianity, a truth that he says has been suppressed by the malevolent and conspiratorial forces of the Catholic Church. The novel alleges that there has been throughout history a secret group of true followers of a Gnostic Jesus and his wife, Mary Magdalene, the true "Holy Grail". Almost everything most Christians and non-Christians think they know about Jesus, according to Dan Brown, is completely wrong, the result of Catholic propaganda designed to hide the truth from the world.

But areThe Da Vinci Code's claims fact or just plain fiction? Is the novel well-researched as claimed? What is the truth about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and the early Church? Has the Catholic Church distorted the real Jesus? Why is the novel so popular? What about the anti-Catholic, anti-Christian agenda behind the novel?

Best selling author Carl Olson and journalist Sandra Miesel answer these and other important questions. Their painstaking research intoThe Da Vinci Codeand its sources reveals some surprising truths. No one who has read or heard aboutThe Da Vinci Codeshould miss this provocative and illuminating book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781586170349
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Publication date: 07/01/2004
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 329
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Carl E. Olson, MTS, is the editor of Catholic World Report and Ignatius Insight. He is the author of two best-selling books, Will Catholics Be "Left Behind"? and The Da Vinci Hoax, and the author of hundreds of articles on theology, Scripture, current events, and apologetics.

What People are Saying About This

Philip Jenkins

Finally! Someone has taken the trouble to counter the absurdities of The Da Vinci Code, and to confront all the anti-Christian and anti-Catholic rhetoric that book has inspired. In writing their own well-informed and well-argued text, Olson and Miesel have done a real service, not just to Christians, but to anyone weary of contemporary fads and foolishness. And unlike the original Code, The Da Vinci Hoax is a delight to read.
Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Cardinal Francis George

The title of this book by Carl Olson and Sandra Miesel says it all. The authors of The Da Vinci Hoax deserve our gratitude for exposing in considerable detail and with a sure touch the fabrications of Dan Brown’s book. Theirs is the definitive debunking.
Archbishop of Chicago

Darrell L. Bock

As one who has written mainly on the first 325 years of Christianity and the Da Vinci Code, it is a pleasure to recommend a book that covers additional questions so well. The Da Vinci Hoax is loaded with detail and corroborates many observations I also made. It is a responsible response to the misguided claims of the novel.
Author, Breaking the Da Vinci Code

Michael OBrien

In The Da Vinci Hoax, Carl Olson and Sandra Miesel bring their considerable analytical powers to bear on the phenomenally successful novel by Dan Brown. The Da Vinci Code is a writhing nest of neo-Gnostic myths, blatant falsehoods, half-truths and absurd suppositions presented as facts--indeed, it is one of the most odious cases of revisionist history that have appeared during the past two centuries.

Olson and Miesel dissect it carefully--break the code of the Code, as it were--revealing not only Brown’s distortions of history but the underlying malice in his ‘fictional’ attack on Christianity. The Da Vinci Hoax is more than a refutation of a single book; it is an antidote to a poisonous genre that is growing in contemporary writing. This is a fascinating read and very good medicine!
Author, Father Elijah: An Apocalypse

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The Da Vinci Hoax: Exposing the Errors in The Da Vinci Code 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading some of these reviews made me laugh. I mean, come on people. Yes: this book probably takes the da Vinci Code way too seriously to be taken seriously in itself. Yes: There are some serious flaws in the 'facts' of the da Vinci Code. No: Not everybody who dislikes the da Vinci Code and complains about it's lack of facts is a 'Christian anti-da Vinci Code fanatic'. No: Not everything in the da Vinci Code should be taken as true. *sigh* It springs up nearly as much of a reaction as Eragon. The da Vinci Code is a work of fiction. This we know. Some of the facts claimed in The da Vinci Code are not correct, most notably that The Priory of Sion existed through the centuries. While the Priory may have existed in medieval times, it was restarted in 1956 as a small friendly club. As far as the book itself goes, I think it's perfectly reasonably in it's points, just a little bit over-concerned for something that I don't think warrants that much concern.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been trying to follow the various commentaries on Dan brown's book the da vinci code as well as the opposing so called debunking writings. To begin with let me state that I am an atheist and do not believe that the bible is written by god who is non-existent anyway. The crux of the matter is therefore which of the authors are nearer to the truth in depicting the history of Christianity and the Catholic Church, which obviously has been at the center of the countless conspiracies and atrocities committed in the name of religion. Now that one additional evidence has come to light (albeit in a form of fiction) revealing these conspiracies the whole entity of the church and of course millions of ignorant Americans are shouting foul. Fortunately the da vinci code has shown its strength by completely outshining all efforts to diminish its success. I just have to say that books like the da vinci hoax are debunked before they are even written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I guess these guys didnt realize that Dan Browns book was in the fiction section. What are you guys so afraid of that you have to attack a work of fiction. A very very good work of fiction at that.
kattepusen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Readable and convincing, but marred by juvenile sneers.In a long time, this is the first non-fiction book I have read all the way through in just two sittings. Its sole purpose, of course, is to refute the absurd claims of the highly overrated phenomenon known as the Da Vinci Code. This book tackles most of the controversial "truths" presented by Dan Brown, and it does so with an impressive representation of scholarly sources. However, it is such a shame that the authors could not keep a more scholarly tone throughout their presentation. It is heavily interjected with sneering remarks about Dan Brown, his sources and his fans, and it is coated with an off-putting "see, I-told-you-so" attitude. These unprofessional interjections very much degrade an otherwise excellent attempt to present thoughtful and critical analysis of not just Brown's work, but also of the more general contemporary hunger for Catholic-bashing. I am not Catholic (or a subscriber to any particular religion); however, the reason I picked up this book was my fatigue of modern PC claims of the Evil Church. I recommend this book mostly too those who want an in-depth historical analysis of the specific religious claims made by Dan Brown; however, be aware that if you come to this book with an open mind, you will most likely have to filter out the acidic editorial comments to fully appreciate its thorough research.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Dan Brown is a great writer, it's just that I, like others, don't share his beliefs. The Da Vinci Code is a great book but it is mixed in with facts about art and museums, etc., but we need The Da Vinci Hoax to help us understand the fact from fiction since there is no fine line. It does it in an interesting type of writing though a little slow at times, so I recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even thought the book was a work of FICTION, some things ring true & have been proven so. The fact that paganism was around before Christianity came along is true. The fact that the Catholic church did smear the face of it to promote more to Christianity is true. Pagan temples were remade to be Christian churches. As for the rest, NO ONE knows the truth. Who knows if Jesus was married or not, no one can know first hand since it was so long ago. All we have to go on are books written by us (man/woman) alike, and we only write it as WE see it to be. This is the reason they are called BELIEFS. Since religion & information has been passed down through the centuries, the truth has been watered down. Everyone has their own beliefs, & we shouldnt put people down just because their's conflicts with ours.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Da Vinci code was a work of fiction, which means it WASN'T MEANT TO BE REAL. Dan Brown is an excelent writer who had an idea and wrote on it. Just like any excelent writers out there. Most of the anti Da Vinci Code fanatics are just christians with a grudge and need to realize that the bible is also a book and cant be proved to be entirely factual either. I dont understand why people have to complain about fictional books, their not real
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Lord Jesus Christ says, 'And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears God's words therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.' John 8:32,46-47 -He is a holy and righteous Savior!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is great. The Davinci Code may be a fiction book, but many people do take it seriously. Sadly enough, I know several of them. This book--the Davici Hoax--was written for those that actually want to take the time to find out how much of the Davinci Code is truth and how much is fiction and those with enough sense to do some research before swallowing what's given to them. And as for being open minded to what?? What's fiction is fiction, end of story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
these reviews were written by fanatics of the church and other people who biased who proably don't have an open mind on theology. the book da vinci code does not imply that the church is corrupt. it implies that various popes misused their authority invested in them by their followers and since they also believe they are chosen by god then they also disrespect him. i was raised mormon ,but some of my best friends were catholics and even priests. i always respected their opinion on certain matters. browns character robert even said'' these good men are people who are devoted to their faith and to their church that their faith is to respected because it is all they know in their hearts to be true.of course the truth would upset them for this church has been their rock for centuries.'' i would also like to add this favorite saying of mine from shakespeare ''to thy own self be true.'' i would like to say to the wise fathers in the church that i hope that you will become more open minded to the book da vinci code. would it really be all that bad for christ to have been married and have kids? would it really change christianity all that much? remember you weren't the first religous organization to make mistakes nor will you be the last. if christ truly was marrried and have kids it would not change his title of messiah or the impotance of his role in the last tidbit for all you doubters to ponder why was the imperial house of france and the royal house of scotland always being excommunicated as well as all direct male lines to these thrones ending up extinct? the two main countries where the descendants of christ thrived and spain doesn't count even though juan carlos is a direct descendant of louis XIV of france. why were those two countries targeted on so much? think on it there is something missing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't read this particular book yet, but in response to some other reviewers I would like to say why Christians are defensive on this subject. Dan Brown's book is obviously a work of fiction, and yes he is a very talented author. However, not everyone realizes that it is fictional. People today are gullible and easily manipulated. Perhaps Mr.Brown never meant to turn people away from Christianity, but because especially Americans today are so uneducated, they will not realize this. For those of you who do recognize this as only fiction, good for you, but don't put people down who are simply too uneducated to see things as clearly as you do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Da Vinci Code was an excellent book, but a work of F-I-C-T-I-O-N! Even If Jesus was married what difference would that make? Obviously the church wouldnt be so defensive if it didn't have something to hide. They need to realize that people have other opinions besides the brainwhasing they shove down our throats.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Refreshing to read a well-written, truthful presentation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is absurd. It fights with the faith against fictious book. Already Miguel de Cervantes wrote about the fighting against wind mills in his Don Quiote de la Mancha. It seems always to be so, that only the Pope and his clergy has the truth. The mystery writers be silent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carl Olson and Sandra Miesel have finally written exactly what I was looking for in terms of detailed de-bunking of the Da Vinci Code and its underlying heresy. Two examples are: 1: They use texts from the Early Church fathers to show the falsities of the Gnostic heresy that tried to worm its way into Christianity in the first couple centuries. Gnosticism has seen a resurgence in recent years due to the New Age movement and the onset of relativism. 2: Linking it to the now disproved manuscript that was the basis for the book 'Holy Blood and Holy Grail' and other books it spawned. In addition, Olson and Miesel really show the anti-Catholic and anti-Christianity mindset of these authors. The only thing I can say is this has to be only a starting point. Neo-Gnosticism is one of the most dangerous threats to society today. It makes anything you believe as true. This means all historical societal norms are no longer valid if a person believes them not to be true.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a book exposing "Da Vinci Code's" errors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
People keep saying how do you know jesus wasn't married? Jesus wasn't married because he is God.Read the nicene creed. This is a summary of all we beleive as catholics. We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in being with the Father. Through Him all things were made. For us men and our salvation He came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit, He was born of the Virgin Mary , and became man. For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate He suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day He rose again in fulfillment of the scriptures: He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son, He is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen. Pay special attention to the part about Jesus. Jesus was not human. He became man and lived as a man but was fundamentally different from everyone else beacuse he is God. Eternally begotten, not made.