Dan Brown

The Underground Stream & Rennes-le-Chateau

By Steven Sora

Millions who have read Dan Brown’s book or seen the movie The Da Vinci Code, have been intrigued by the story of the Priory of Sion, a mysterious secret society which some believe operated for centuries behind the scenes of Eu­ropean and American history. As has been argued recently in British courts, most of the ideas in Brown’s book were taken from the the 1980s best-seller Holy Blood, Holy Grail, but the actual facts behind both works were laid down decades and centuries earlier. Today…

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Walking the Line

BY J. DOUGLAS KENYON

In an age of increasing polarization, the difficulty of presenting a balanced point of view on sensitive issues is much like walking a tightrope. Though this publication has challenged the entrenched positions of many vested interests, it is not our intention to be identified with their entrenched opposition, because we usually see prob­lems with the other side as well. Take the Darwinist-vs.-creationist debate. Without getting into the arcane depths here, either pro or con, it seems clear to us that there are major difficulties with…

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BROWN WINS IN UK COURT Dan Brown and his publisher are off the hook. In a trial that commanded massive attention around the world, and just in time for release of the new Tom Hanks movie version, a London judge has found the author of The Da Vinci Code not guilty of plagiarism as accused by the authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail. Though the April decision was a stunning blow to authors Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln, the outcome was welcome news…

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Vatican Open to Aliens, but Not Dan Brown As the Vatican has it, there may be alien beings in outer space (perhaps even without original sin). Dan Brown, how­ever, remains unredeemed. In June, the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic church made itself clear on both the possi­bility of alien life and the chances that the Da Vinci Code and it forthcoming prequel Angels and Demons have any truth in them. Life on Mars cannot be ruled out, says Father Gabriel Funes, the Pope’s chief astronomer….

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The Lost Symbol and I

by Michael A. Cremo

Simon Cox is an interesting man. For a long time he was a researcher for some of the leading authors in the alterna­tive history field, like Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval. More recently, he has become a best-selling author him­self. His latest book is called Decoding the Lost Symbol. It is a reader’s guide to the names and places and ideas men­tioned by Dan Brown in his latest novel, The Lost Symbol. Previously, Simon wrote a similar book called Cracking the Da Vinci Code, about…

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In Search of Hidden Temples

BY MARSHA OAKS

Where most see only scenery, others see temples. The evidence some have assembled to support their unique vision can make for some very intriguing video material and this time out it provides us with three DVDs to talk about. The first two are the work of Henry Lincoln, who, along with Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, is one of the three origi­nal authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, the book from which Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code drew much of its inspiration. Baigent and Leigh…

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