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Local Speaker Challenges "The Da Vinci Code"

By: Toni Harrison
By: Toni Harrison

Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code", a controversial book that's being debated around the globe. It has sold more than 40 million copies and has many religious scholars up in arms.

Darrell Bock is a research professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, he says Brown's book is well written. But, there are some troubling theories in the book that could confuse readers.

"I think it's important that people understand what the history behind Christianity really is and that it is really badly represented in this book," said Darrell Bock, Dallas Theological Seminary.

Bock has even written a best seller of his own, titled "Breaking the Da Vinci Code." Sunday he spoke to a full house at Grace Bible Church in College Station, he outlined his issues with the book from a Christian perspective.

"They were trying to create a "tweener" genre. That is, it was fiction but with a non-fictional background when it came to the discussion of Christ," said Bock.

"The Da Vinci Code" is labeled as fiction and can only be found in the fiction section at bookstores. However, Bock says it's the way Brown has framed the book that he has a problem with.

"When you ask an author if you were writing non-fiction would you change anything and he says no, that changes the way in which the book has been framed," said Bock.

Some religious leaders around the country are asking for a boycott of the book and the movie that's due in theaters in May. Bock didn't take that approach in his presentation Sunday.

"I think it's important to be familiar with that which you are responding to and to be familiar with it first hand," said Bock.

"Some church members say they still plan on supporting "The Da Vinci Code" as a way to educate others.

"I want to listen because there are people that are truly searching for answers," said Bel Roberts, member, Grace Bible Church.

"It's only when you can hear the other persons perspective that they'll really respond when you're coming from the other position," said John Jordan, member, Grace Bible Church.

Bock isn't finished delivering his message. In the coming months he will be traveling the country making sure the public understands what he believes is the truth and don't confuse fact with fiction.


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