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Forbidden Faith: The Secret History of Gnosticism to The Da Vinci CodeForbidden Faith: The Secret History of Gnosticism to The Da Vinci Code
Richard Smoley
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Who were the Gnostics? Were they heretics, or were they ancient visionaries who possessed the keys to the deepest secrets of Christianity? Forbidden Faith is the first comprehensive popular history of Gnosticism, a secretive tradition that has survived for centuries in many forms and under many names.

Richard Smoley, an expert in esoteric Christianity, traces the Gnostic legacy from its ancient roots in the Gospel of Thomas and tracks how the Gnostic impulse was publicly repressed but survived underground in various forms of Christianity. Finally, we learn how some of the key teachings of the Gnostics are being revived today in serious nonfiction such as the criticism of Harold Bloom, in the science fiction of Philip K. Dick, as well as in popular Hollywood films like The Matrix and The Da Vinci Code. Forbidden Faith provides the enduring story and continuing legacy of those errant faithful who have had direct experiences of the divine that can't be explained by the official beliefs of the Church.


     

 

 

 

 
The Gospel Code: Novel Claims About Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Da VinciThe Gospel Code: Novel Claims About Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Da Vinci
Ben Witherington III
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Blurring the line between fact and fiction, Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code raises a controversial question. Did the early church suppress ancient documents revealing long-buried secrets about Jesus? Witherington takes you back to the time following Christ's death to reveal what we can really know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, the canonical Gospels, and their Gnostic rivals. 252 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.
     

 
Reinventing Jesus: How Contemporary Skeptics Miss the  Real Jesus and Mislead Popular CultureReinventing Jesus: How Contemporary Skeptics Miss the Real Jesus and Mislead Popular Culture
J. Ed Komoszewski, M. James Sawyer, Daniel B. Wallace
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Cultural misconceptions abound regarding the uniqueness of Christ and the reliability of the New Testament. International bestsellers such as The Da Vinci Code and Misquoting Jesus merely add fuel to the fire. In this meticulously researched guide, Komoszewski, Sawyer, and Wallace invite readers to take a firsthand look at the primary evidence for Christianity's origins.
     

 

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Forbidden Faith: The Secret History of Gnosticism to The Da Vinci Code

The Gospel According to Dan Brown
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Who were the Gnostics and where did they come from? Why do their ideas keep reappearing throughout history? Forbidden Faith is the first comprehensive popular history of Gnosticism, a secretive tradition that has survived for centuries in many forms and under many names. Here Richard Smoley provides the enduring story and continuing legacy of those errant faithful who have had direct experiences of the divine that can't be explained by the official beliefs of the Church.

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Mary of Magdala: What the Da Vinci Code Misses

Mary of Magdala: What the Da Vinci Code Misses
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The publication of Dan Brown's controversial and bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code, brought to life a spirited debate concerning Mary of Magdalene's true role in the life of Jesus. Who was the real Mary of Magdala? A devoted disciple of Christ or perhaps even a prostitute? Mary of Magdala, now revised with a new introduction, is a fascinating examination of the actual written accounts referring to Mary. Mary Thompson examines the issues raised in The Da Vinci Code exploring the many fallacies in the novel while presenting clear and compelling evidence that Mary of Magdala indeed played an important role in the early church as disciple, leader, and apostle.

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