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Title: 101 Questions and Answers on The Da Vinci Code and the Catholic Tradition
Author: Flon, Nancy de John Vidmar, OP
Publisher: Paulist Press; Publication Date: 2006
Paperback; ISBN: 9780809144129
Volumes: 1; Pages: 176
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Whatever one's opinion of it as a detective thriller, Dan Brown's popular novel The Da Vinci Code makes assertions that are in stark opposition to Catholic teaching and it seriously misrepresents Church history and doctrine. In 101 Questions and Answers on The Da Vinci Code and the Catholic Tradition, church historians Nancy de Flon and John Vidmar use a reader-friendly question and answer format to separate fact from fiction and to go beyond the endless refutations of Dan Brown's assertions to focus on positive and, in some cases surprising, aspects of Church history. Previous commentaries and critiques of The Da Vinci Code have been limited to either debunking errors or to presenting exhaustive "facts" directly related to the book's claims (sometimes in encyclopedic fashion). By contrast, De Flon and Vidmar not only show where Brown went wrong, but they also unlock the doors (that Brown ignored) to the treasure rooms of the Catholic tradition and they display for the reader the wealth of people, customs, and events that comprise Catholic identity. Far more than a mere Da Vinci Code "debunker," 101 Question and Answers on The Da Vinci Code and the Catholic Tradition serves as celebration of Catholic culture that uses The Da Vinci Code as its springboard. It's the ideal guide for readers who want to learn not only what's wrong in The Da Vinci Code but also what's right about the Catholic tradition. And with the upcoming release of the film, the timing could not be better.