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The DaVinci Code from a Mormon's perspective

from the perpetual-bestsellers dept.
I thought Dan Brown did an excellent job creating a fast paced book full of action, suspense, and historical facts. After reading the book, I heard many people ask if everything in it was true. For those who realize what fiction means that is an easy question to answer. A much harder question is what is true and what isn't.

I've found two articles which, while not doctrine, do a good job at clarifying what ... the scriptures teach us and what is quoted from apocryphal sources in The DaVinci Code. Check out these two articles.

Article I: Who was Mary Magdalene?
Without speculating on any romantic relationship with the savior, part one uncovers why she was a prominent figure at the throughout the 4 gospels.

This is interesting reading, even if you haven't read The DaVinci Code, besides discussing the role of Mary Magelene as an important role in the ministry of Christ it goes on to discuss possible translations of Christ's injunction "touch me not"

Article II: Decoding DaVinci Mary Magdalene in the Apocryphal Gospels
This article discusses the what the apocrypha has to say, reminding us to keep in mind what Joseph Smith taught us in DC 91:1-2

there are many things contained therein that are true . . . there are many things contained therein that are not true, which are interpolations by the hands of men.

I would love to hear any other research people have done or cool things you have learned from the book.

The fact is, we are not going to be increasing our canon to make room for The DaVinci Code, but I personally thought it was one of the most entertaining books I had read in a while. Shortly after reading The DaVinci Code I rushed out and read the rest of Dan Brown's books within just a few weeks.

Angels and Daemons

There's a link on Brown's site to the artist who created the ambigrams for his " Angels & Daemons" book ... which is the one that comes before DaVinci Code ...

Ambigrams are sweet ... take a look.

I haven't read any of these books but I keep meaning to.