Code challenged

02 November 2006

THE WEBSITE of the diocese of Sydney,, is one of the many that have devoted online space to Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code, the film of which is released today.

The diocese has created its own site, Written by the Australian theologian Dr Greg Clarke, the site aims at challenging misapprehensions arising from The Da Vinci Code. Sections include a look at whether Jesus had sex - "There is no trustworthy evidence in any of the ancient documents" - and at "the eyebrow-raising claim" that Jesus married Mary Magdalene.

Winchester Cathedral's website has a section dedicated to the book, which was partly filmed in the precincts: The site gives information about the book, the filming, and the cathedral's exhibition, "Cracking the Code: The holy mystery beyond The Da Vinci Code," which runs until 21 July.

The main Church of England site has also joined the move to rebut some of the more fanciful speculations of Mr Brown's novel. It launched a Da Vinci Code section this month. It is being marketed to "the casual browser or the curate devising a compelling event", and sets out what are given as "facts" in the book alongside traditional Christian teaching.

There are also links to other church organisations and leaders, including comments made by the Archbishop of Canterbury about conspiracy theories. See

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