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Podcast: Leonardo/666 Panes of Glass

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A Quest for Answers by Josh McDowellThis podcast based on Josh McDowell’s book, A Quest for Answers is a great way to learn about some of the controversial “facts” presented in Dan Brown’s, The Da Vinci Code. This episode is titled Leonardo/666 Panes of Glass.

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Update: The next mp3, The Marriage of Jesus will be available at 4:00 PM EDT tomorrow.

Podcast: The Council of Nicaea II

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A Quest for Answers by Josh McDowellThis podcast based on Josh McDowell’s book, A Quest for Answers is a great way to learn about some of the controversial “facts” presented in Dan Brown’s, The Da Vinci Code. This episode is part two of Suppressing the Sacred Feminine.

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Update: The next mp3, Leonardo/666 Panes of Glass will be available at 4:00 PM EDT tomorrow.

Can You Prove What You Believe?

Written by Darren Hewer

Everyone believes things they cannot prove. The question is: How much proof is enough to warrant belief? Consider this fictional conversation between Langdon and Sophie:

Langdon: Hello. You must be Sophie Neveu. My name is Robert Langdon.
Sophie: I don’t believe you.
Langdon: Err … what reason would I have for lying?
Sophie: I don’t know. Maybe you’re crazy. Maybe you always dreamed of being a famous ?symbologist.? You made the claim. Prove it.
Langdon: Well … here’s my wallet, it has my credit cards in it, along with some pictures of me with my family …
Sophie: How do I know that’s your wallet? For all I know you could’ve mugged the real Robert Langdon and stolen his wallet.
Langdon: Okay, but here’s my driver’s license. See, it has my picture, and my name is on it … ‘Robert Langdon’.
Sophie: That could easily be faked. You could’ve bought fake documents, or you could’ve created them yourself using Photoshop or something!
Langdon: Argh. Well what about this, here’s a copy of my new book Symbols of the Lost Sacred Feminine. It has my name and photo in the back cover. Surely you wouldn’t claim this was faked!
Sophie: It still could be a faked copy of the book. Also, maybe you have an identical twin brother, and maybe he is the real Robert Langdon!
Langdon: But … I have no brother!
Sophie: Why should I believe that? Prove it.
Langdon: … adieu, Ms Neveu. Vous ?tes une imb?cile.

Who is Jesus? Free Online CourseThis is a somewhat frivolous example. But it demonstrates that everyone believes things we can?t prove 100% and that we are quite right to do so. Dan Brown claims Jesus was just a man. The earliest Christians claimed (and Christians today still claim) that Jesus was both God and man. No one’s beliefs are based on 100% proof, but instead on ?inference to the best explanation,? or put another way, deciding what is true based on the best available evidence. What kind of evidence do you require from other people? How much proof is enough? We should not pass the buck by claiming there is not enough evidence to decide; the stakes are too high, and we all must make a choice. What do you choose and why?

Podcast: The Council of Nicaea I

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A Quest for Answers by Josh McDowellThis podcast based on Josh McDowell’s book, A Quest for Answers is a great way to learn about some of the controversial “facts” presented in Dan Brown’s, The Da Vinci Code. This episode is part one of The Council of Nicaea.

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Update: The next mp3, Part 2 of The Council of Nicaea will be available at 4:00 PM EDT tomorrow.

Podcast: Suppressing the Sacred Feminine II

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A Quest for Answers by Josh McDowellThis podcast based on Josh McDowell’s book, A Quest for Answers is a great way to learn about some of the controversial “facts” presented in Dan Brown’s, The Da Vinci Code. This episode is part two of Suppressing the Sacred Feminine.

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Update: The next mp3, Part 1 of The Council of Nicaea will be available at 4:00 PM EDT tomorrow.

Podcast: Suppressing the Sacred Feminine I

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A Quest for Answers by Josh McDowellThis podcast based on Josh McDowell’s book, A Quest for Answers is a great way to learn about some of the controversial “facts” presented in Dan Brown’s, The Da Vinci Code. This episode is the part one of Suppressing the Sacred Feminine.

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Update: The next mp3, Part 2 of Suppressing the Sacred Feminine will be available at 4:00 PM EDT tomorrow.

Was Jesus considered merely a man?

Written by Darren Hewer

“At this gathering [the Council of Nicaea],” Teabing said, “many aspects of Christianity were debated and voted upon – the date of Easter, the role of the bishops … and, of course, the divinity of Jesus … until that moment in history, Jesus was viewed by His followers as a mortal prophet … a great and powerful man, but a man nonetheless. A mortal.” (Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code, Chapter 55)

The earliest Christian gospels are not the Gospel of Philip or the Gospel of Mary. The earliest are the four included in the New Testament, which are usually dated between 70 AD and 90 AD. It is clear from reading these writings that Jesus was not considered merely a man. Paul’s letters, which were likely written even earlier, affirm the claims of the gospels. This does not prove that Jesus is God, but does prove that this is what the earliest Christians believed. Non-Christian writings, such as those of Pliny and Tacitus, confirm Christians’ early beliefs that Jesus was not just “a great and powerful man”.

In The Da Vinci Code, Teabing seems to put great emphasis on the Gospel of Philip and the Gospel of Mary. Both of these documents are gnostic texts. Gnosticism was a Middle-Eastern religious philosophy that emphasized the idea that matter was inherently evil, therefore the physical body was to be despised in favor of the soul/spirit. Gnostics would be the least likely to believe that Jesus was “just a man” and yet it is their texts that Brown calls upon to back up his theory.

Something clearly convinced the early church followers, who were predominantly Jewish and held to strict monotheist beliefs, that Jesus was no mere man. You can explore the life of Christ for yourself with an interactive online experience called “Who is Jesus?“, a free, guided, 5 part course. Why do you think Dan Brown pushes the idea of Jesus as just a man? What difference would it make if Jesus is God as the earliest Christians believed?

Podcast: Pagan Origins II

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A Quest for Answers by Josh McDowellThis podcast based on Josh McDowell’s book, A Quest for Answers is a great way to learn about some of the controversial “facts” presented in Dan Brown’s, The Da Vinci Code. This episode is the part two of Pagan Origins.

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Update: The next mp3, Part 1 of Suppressing the Sacred Feminine will be available at 4:00 PM EDT tomorrow.

Podcast: Pagan Origins I

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A Quest for Answers by Josh McDowellThis podcast based on Josh McDowell’s book, A Quest for Answers is a great way to learn about some of the controversial “facts” presented in Dan Brown’s, The Da Vinci Code. This episode is the part one of Pagan Origins.

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Update: The next mp3, Part 2 of Pagan Origins will be available at 4:00 PM EDT tomorrow.

Podcast: The Gnostic Gospels IV

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A Quest for Answers by Josh McDowellThis podcast based on Josh McDowell’s book, A Quest for Answers is a great way to learn about some of the controversial “facts” presented in Dan Brown’s, The Da Vinci Code. This episode is the conclusion of the Gnostic Gospels theme.

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Update: The next mp3, Part 1 of Pagan Origins will be available at 4:00 PM EDT tomorrow.

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