Friday, November 26, 2004

The Da Vinci Code and Chocolate Cake

Looked forward to reading the much-hyped "The Da Vinci Code" which has been hogging the New York best seller list for yonks. Finished it in a day. Very disappointing. It is trashily written from a literary standpoint lacking characterisation and development. Surely Jackie Collins could do better. As educational material disguised as a work of fiction, this pop book fails again. Rather uncontroversial passe conspiracy theories are inserted liberally in the narrative only to make the whole novel an overladden vehicle for rehashing these theories.

I got up from this poor attempt at discrediting the Christian faith as we know it and baked me a warm melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cake.

If you are wondering about the historical evidence for the Christian faith, check these out:
http://www.norotonchurch.org/davinciPaper.html
http://www.askthebible.com/da-vinci.htm (Kel Richards)
"Is the New Testament History?" Paul Barnett, Hodder and Stoughton.
"The New Testament Documents" F.F. Bruce, IVP.
"The Dan Brown Code" Alan Lukabyo, The Briefing, September 2004, Issue 312, 10-12.
"The Historical Reliability of the Gospels" Craig Blomberg, Downers Grove: IVP.
"Jesus Outside the New Testament" Robert E. Van Voorst , Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
"Hidden Gospels: How the Search for Jesus Lost Its Way" Philip Jenkins, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
"Jesus in an Age of Controversy" Douglas Groothuis, Eugene: Harvest House.

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