Excellent review. This may be a shocker: the author knows that the Da Vinci code is a fictional story so we should not be so concerned about what it says. Many Christian authors have taken offense to the implications of Dan Brown's book, and set off to "setting the facts straight." Ehrman says this is a bad perspective to review history from. However, he states that a book as popular as Brown's has a tendency to shape the popular view of history, just as Mel Gibson's "The Passion" will shape the veiw of the crucifixion for at least a generation or two. Thus, we must make sure that the public is well informed about what is true, what is a half-truth and what is just plain made up. He goes about this from a purely historical perspective without stating any theological or philosophical opinions of his own. The book is slightly slow, but written for a layperson, rather than a historical expert who would already know everything Ehrman wrote. So it gives in depth explainations and is full of useful information on various subjects. If you want to know the real history of the Christian church and dont want to hear some author's opinion about everything, get this book and not any of the plethora of others.
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