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Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code & Holy Grail: Is the Da Vinci Code True?

Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code is one of the most popular fiction books of recent memory, but it's just that: fiction. How many readers appreciate what this means? How many of Dan Brown's claims about Leonardo Da Vinci, the Last Supper, the Holy Grail, and other aspects of religious history are true? Is there any truth in The Da Vinci Code? What was the Holy Grail?
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Cardinal Calls for Legal Action Against Da Vinci Code
Catholic efforts to censor Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code continue to gain strength, now that an important cardinal has come out in support of them. Francis Arinze, a Nigerian prelate who is often listed as a possible future pope, has argued that Catholics should pursue legal actions against the film.

Was Jesus Married? Is it Possible that Jesus Married Mary Magdalene?
A question which has intrigued many biblical scholars, and which has been made more popular by fictional books like Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, is whether Jesus ever married. There are no explicit statements in the Bible that Jesus was married or that he was not married; thus, any conclusions either way must be based upon circumstantial...

Priory of Sion: What is the Priory of Sion? What's the Connection to the Holy...
Also known as the Prieure de Sion or the Priory of Zion, the Priory of Sion is commonly used in works of fiction as a powerful, secretive organization that has been behind important events throughout Western history. Even some works purporting to be factual have included this claim and Dan Browns The Da Vinci Code blends both: a work of fiction...

Constantine Image Gallery: Photos, Drawings, and Diagrams
Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantine, better known as Constantine the Great, was perhaps the most important person in the development of the early Christian Church (after Jesus and Paul, naturally). He gave Christianity political and social legitimacy in the Roman Empire, allowing the religion to establish itself, obtain powerful patrons, and ultimately dominate the Western world.

Essenes: Profile of the Essenes - Jewish Religious Group, Creators of the...
The name Essenes comes from the Greek for 'holy ones.' The Essenes were a Jewish sect that broke away from mainstream Judaism because of a dispute over who was qualified to be high priest. After the Maccabean revolt, the Hasmoneans claimed the office of high priest as part of the spoils of war. Some argued that the Maccabees couldn't be priests...

Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury Tor: History, Religion, Background
Some believe that Glastonbury Abbey is the site of the oldest above-ground Christian church in the world, dating back as far as 63 or even 37 CE. The first recorded church to be built here was in 712 on the orders of King Ine of Wessex, but a community of monks had already been living here for some time — at least since 658, when the Saxons...

Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury Tor: Image Gallery
Some believe that Glastonbury Abbey is the site of the oldest above-ground Christian church in the world, dating back as far as 63 or even 37 CE. The first recorded church to be built here was in 712 on the orders of King Ine of Wessex, but a community of monks had already been living here for some time — at least since 658, when the Saxons...

Holy Grail: Image of the Holy Grail in Christian Mythology, Literature
The primary role of the Holy Grail in Christian mythology is the cup used by Jesus to inaugurate the communion celebration during the Last Supper. Other stories say that the Holy Grail was a cup used by Joseph of Arimathea to catch Jesus' blood when he was pierced by a spear during the crucifixion. Often, it's the same cup in both situations.

John the Apostle: Profile & Biography of John the Apostle, Disciple & Apostle...
John, the son of Zebedee, was called along with this brother James to be one of Jesus' twelve apostles who would accompany him on his ministry. John appears in the lists of apostles in the synoptic gospels as well as Acts.

Joseph of Arimathea: Who Was Joseph of Arimathea? Did Joseoph Carry the Holy...
The role and behavior of Joseph of Arimathea is one of the few things discussed in all four gospels. According to the gospels, Joseph of Arimathea was a rich man, a member of the Sanhedrin who disagreed with Jesus' conviction. John and Matthew even say that he was a disciple of Jesus. Joseph took the body of Jesus, wrapped it in linen, and...

Joseph of Arimathea: Image Gallery of Joseph of Arimathea
The role and behavior of Joseph of Arimathea is one of the few things discussed in all four gospels. According to the gospels, Joseph of Arimathea was a rich man, a member of the Sanhedrin who disagreed with Jesus' conviction. John and Matthew even say that he was a disciple of Jesus. Joseph took the body of Jesus, wrapped it in linen, and...

Knights Templar: Image Gallery of the Templar Knights
As with most religious orders, there were special requirements before joining as well as an initiation ceremony; little is known about the various internal ceremonies of order, which has given rise to all sorts of fantastic theories. Prospective members all had to be of noble birth, legitimate sons, and willing to take the Templar vows of...

Leonardo Da Vinci Image Gallery
Born in the village of Vinci in Tuscany, Italy, on April 15, 1452, Leonardo was one of the most important artistic figures of the Renaissance. He was involved with painting, architecture, sculpture, engineering, anatomy, and more. An illegitimate child, his artistic talents were recognized early on and he was sent to study under a master...

Mary Magdalene: Profile & Biography of Mary Magdalene, Female Disciple of Jesus
Mary Magdalene is mentioned in lists of Jesus' female companions in Mark, Matthew, and Luke. Some think Mary Magdalene was an important figure among female disciples, perhaps even their leader and a member of Jesus' inner circle of disciples.

Mary Magdalene: Image Gallery of Mary Magdalene, Disciple of Jesus
Mary Magdalene is not mentioned often in the gospels, but she does appear at key moments and has become an important figure for those interested in the role of women in early Christianity as well as in Jesus' ministry. She accompanied Jesus throughout his travels and was a witness to his death - which, according to Mark, was a requirement to...

Anti-Pornography Group Opposing Da Vinci Code
It's been noted in the past that efforts to ban pornography will never stop at just 'porn,' at least in the sense that the concept is generally defined. Efforts to ban pornography are premised on the idea that the state should ban immoral and unhealthy images, words, and ideas. Therefore, if pornography can be banned, then much more will end up being banned before it's over.

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