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DaVinci Code: Beyond fact vs. fiction

Never mind that the movie doesn’t open until May 19, the spin is on about The DaVinci Code, with forces ready to attack over the fact vs. fiction issue that’s plagued—and profited—Dan Brown since 2003 when his novel that is the basis for the Sony film hit the bookstores.

Most critics and defenders seem stuck on debating truth claims. On one side are Christian groups, from evangelicals to Roman Catholics, producing books, Web sites, TV documentaries, DVDs and study guides. On the other, the studio offers its Web site (link removed — site no longer available).

But there is more to the mystery of the Code’s spell on both sides than simply sorting out what did or didn’t happen, what is or isn’t true, claim two scholars. And more to cause concern.


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