Some Books with Answers to The Da Vinci Code

Cracking Da Vinci’s Code by James L. Garlow and Peter Jones
This easy-to-read book not only addresses the issues put forth in The Da Vinci Code, it is also one of the few that deals with the pagan view of the “sacred feminine” (an important part of The Da Vinci Code’s underlying pagan worldview). It also uses a brief story at the beginning of each chapter to explain how what we read affects our thinking and life.
Breaking the Da Vinci Code by Darrell L. Bock
This book, by a professor from Dallas Theological Seminary, answer’s The Da Vinci Code’s untruths in a very straightforward manner. Bock is a well-known professor of New Testament at a premier evangelical seminary, but he writes on level accessible by a layperson. The subheadings make it easy to follow. It does require a little work because he lays his arguments out fully, but any effort you spend in reading this book will be well-rewarded. Your efforts will also prepare you to answer many basic objections against Christianity.
The Gospel Code by Ben Witherington, III
I have not yet had a chance to dive into this book, by a foremost NT scholar. But it deals with the sacred feminine and also addresses Gnosticism and recent critical scholarship. Witherington is good at making complex arguments easy to understand without oversimplifying.
The Da Vinci Deception by Erwin Lutzer
This book is a good overview, but it is a bit simplistic. If you want only the nuts and bolts, read this; if you need a little more, read one of the three I’ve listed above.
The Gospel According to The Da Vinci Code by Kenneth Boa and John Alan Turner
This book touches briefly on some of the topics put forth by Dan Brown’s novel, but it lacks focus (it appears to have no structure and seems like a hodge-podge of thoughts put together at random) and has almost no analysis of the major points at issue. Leave it on the shelf and by one of the books listed above.
NOTE: This last book is by a non-Christian, but some may find it useful:
Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code by Bart Ehrman
Bart Ehrman, a self-proclaimed agnostic, ably handles and explains the history and texts that play a part in The Da Vinci Code, though he is repetitive and overly simplistic at times. Remember that he is no friend of biblical Christianity. This book is good if you want to see how a non-Christian answers The Da Vinci Code, otherwise, stick with one of the first three above.

About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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