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Book Title: The Da Vinci Hoax: Exposing the Errors in the Da Vinci Code|
The author of the book: Carl E. Olson
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.27 MB
Edition: Ignatius Press
Date of issue: September 30th 2004
ISBN 13: 9781586170349
Read full description of the books The Da Vinci Hoax: Exposing the Errors in the Da Vinci Code:Ugh. This book is not good. Olson and Miesel seem to be attempting to make valid points (times when Brown made comments that weren't correct about Constantine or the Council of Nicea, etc.), but they have a tone as if they're just trying to prove Dan Brown, himself, wrong, not so much the facts. They use words like "silly" to describe his sources, and use language that absolutely smacks of "We're trying to humiliate this man." Okay, his book wasn't 100% correct; you don't need to attack him, just argue the facts.
Bart Ehrman's book Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code: A Historian Reveals What We Really Know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene & Constantine covers similar material, but he's much kinder in his approach. I've only read the Introduction and a little of Chapter 1, and I already feel like it's better and a more proper critical analysis of The Da Vinci Code (Olson & Miesel, notice I named the book, not the author.) than this book was.
07/07 page 17 "So far I've only read the Introduction and the Foreword, neither written by the actual authors of the book, but both seem very hateful to readers of The Da Vinci Code and to non-Catholics. hmmm...."
07/08 page 45 "[book] also against sexuality, feminism, & academic areas like postmodernism and the idea that history is "written by the winners." almost hateful & definitely condescending to people who read/enjoyed _tDVC_. readers are also "bias[ed]" and "weak." Please!"
07/08 page 47 "questioning authority is baaaaaaaad. Am I totally misreading the tone of this book, or are they really this close-minded and hateful?"
07/08 page 55 "the authors are making points that other books/authors would make, but their tone seems like they're ATTACKING Brown, not just proving points against his writing. it's not academic; it's PERSONAL"
07/09 page 84 "so it's okay to alter/interpret the text your own way, as long as you're a leader of the church? but no one else can have their own reading of it?"
07/10 page 132 "when the authors start really getting in to the Bible studies aspect and giving evidence about Bible history, they get a little less attacky. of course, as soon as i think they're done being &(&)^?^$#*ANGRY*(&(&$^$#, they get angry and attacky again. they just really hate dan brown, feminists, Po[st]Mo[dernism], and people who don't 100% believe the Bible."
07/12 page 240 "and now even less attacky (yay). however, still use some demeaning words and call other, similar books "silly.""
07/13 page 291 "it's all about tone. the authors are making some good points, but they're SO against Brown, almost sounding giddy at times to discredit him, that it just turns me off to any valid arguments they make. plus, they say that he "disparages" certain others, yet what are *they* doing? and they imply he's so dumb and off the mark for believing things that i've heard from other places, too, not just his favorite sources."
Read information about the authorCarl Olson is the editor of Ignatius Insight, an online magazine that provides readers with essays, interviews, reviews and news related to the Catholic Church and the work of Ignatius Press, one of the world’s largest Catholic publishers. He is also the moderator of the Insight Scoop, the Ignatius Press weblog.
Olson grew up in a Fundamentalist Protestant home in western Montana. After two years of art school, he attended Briercrest Bible College, an Evangelical Bible college in Saskatchewan, Canada, graduating with an associate’s degree in 1991. His wife, Heather, is a graduate of Multnomah Bible College in Portland, Oregon. They married in 1994 and entered the Catholic Church together in 1997; their conversion story appears in the book, Surprised By Truth 3.
In May 2000, Olson graduated from the University of Dallas with a Masters in Theological Studies. For two years he worked as the director of catechesis and evangelization for Nativity of the Mother of God, a Byzantine Catholic parish in Springfield, Oregon. Then, from 2002 to 2004, he was the editor of the award-winning Envoy magazine.
Long interested in Evangelical and Fundamentalist beliefs about the end of the world, Olson has written over two dozen articles about Bible prophecy, the belief in the “Rapture,” and Left Behind books. His first book, Will Catholics Be “Left Behind” A Catholic Critique of the Rapture and Today’s Prophecy Preachers (Ignatius Press, 2003) was the result of years of research on the topic; it was recognized by the Associated Press as one of the best religious titles of 2003.
Carl Olson is also the co-author, with medievalist Sandra Miesel, of The Da Vinci Hoax: Exposing the Errors in The Da Vinci Code (Ignatius, 2004; see Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago, wrote the foreword and described the book as “the definitive debunking” of the best-selling The Da Vinci Code. In addition, historian Dr. James Hitchcock called it “superb and meticulous,” World editor Marvin Olasky described it as a “clearly-written antidote,” and Professor Philip Jenkins of Pennsylvania State University said it “is a delight to read.”
He has also written articles for Crisis, The Catholic Faith, Catholic Parent, National Catholic Register, Envoy, This Rock, First Things, Gilbert!, Touchstone, Canticle, Saint Austin Review, New Covenant, The Catalyst, Lay Witness, National Review Online, CatholicExchange.com, and Catholic.org. He is a contributing editor to This Rock magazine and writes the weekly “Opening the Word” Scripture column for Our Sunday Visitor. Olson also wrote the introduction to [b:Pied Piper of Atheism: Philip Pullman and Children’s Fantasy|2310638|Pied Piper of Atheism Phili
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