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Discussing the Da Vinci Code (Group Discussion Guide)

Lee StrobelGarry Poole

Discussing the Da Vinci Code (Group Discussion Guide)

Lee StrobelGarry Poole

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First as a runaway bestselling novel and then as a blockbuster movie, The Da Vinci Code has fascinated millions. Its allegations against historic Christianity are colorfully portrayed--but are they true, or merely inaccurate accounts of centuries-old myths and heresies?- Has the true historical record been suppressed?- Were eighty different gospels contending for the New Testament?- Was Mary Magdalene really directed to lead the church?- Does a secret society keep Jesus' bloodline hidden?- Is the divinity of Jesus the fabrication of a third-century church council?- How accurate is the research behind these and other assertions in The Da Vinci Code?Enjoy riveting DVD interviews with noted experts--and prepare for some lively discussions as your group explores provocative issues raised by The Da Vinci Code. Four sessions address the following questions: 1. What Can History Really Tell Us?2. Can We Trust the Four Gospels?3. What's the Role of Women in Christianity?4. Is Jesus Really the

- Publisher Discussing the Da Vinci Code Copyright copy; 2006 by Lee Strobel and Garry Poole Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 ISBN-10: 0-310-27265-3 ISBN-13: 978-0-310-27265-6 All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Versionreg;. NIVreg;. Copyright copy; 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. All quotations from The Da Vinci Code are from the Doubleday hardcover edition, copy; 2003 by Dan Brown. The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as a resource to you. These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement on the part of Zondervan, nor do we vouch for their content for the life of this book. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means - electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other - except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Beth Shagene Printed in the United States of America 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 bull; 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 We want to hear from you. Please send your comments about this book to us in care of zreview@zondervan.com. Thank you. S e s s i o n 1 What Can History Really Tell Us? Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes! Leonardo da Vinci Watch It! (DVD Clip #1, 1 minute) In this brief video segment, Lee Strobel introduces the discussion topic for this session. Use the following space to take a few notes. Discuss It! 1What was your overall reaction to The Da Vinci Code? What did you like most about the book? Least? Give reasons for your answers. 2What questions, issues, or concerns about historical Christianity does The Da Vinci Code raise in your mind? W h a t C a n H i s t o r y R e a l l y T e l l U s ? 17 3Can historical events be verified? Why or why not? What do you think determines whether or not an historical event actually occurred? Watch It! (DVD Clip #2, 7 minutes) Use the following space to take notes as Lee Strobel interviews historian Paul Maier about: history being written by "winners," the reliability of historical documents, and the Priory of Sion. Dr. Maier, a professor of ancient history at Western Michigan University, has written over 250 scholarly articles and reviews in professional journals. His books include In the Fullness of Time, which examines secular evidence for Jesus; a new translation and commentary of the first-century historian Josephus; and a study of Eusebius, the first Christian historian. He also has written three novels, including A Skeleton in God's Closet, a number-one national bestseller in religious fiction. Discuss It! 4The Da Vinci Code says that "history is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books - books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe" (p. 256). Do you agree or disagree? Why? Gauging Historical Accuracy "Many historians now believe (as do I) that in gauging the historical accuracy of a given concept, we should first ask ourselves a far deeper question: How historically accurate is history itself?" Dan Brown

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First as a runaway bestselling novel and then as a blockbuster movie, The Da Vinci Code has fascinated millions. Its allegations against historic Christianity are colorfully portrayed--but are they true, or merely inaccurate accounts of centuries-old myths and heresies?- Has the true historical record been suppressed?- Were eighty different gospels contending for the New Testament?- Was Mary Magdalene really directed to lead the church?- Does a secret society keep Jesus' bloodline hidden?- Is the divinity of Jesus the fabrication of a third-century church council?- How accurate is the research behind these and other assertions in The Da Vinci Code?Enjoy riveting DVD interviews with noted experts--and prepare for some lively discussions as your group explores provocative issues raised by The Da Vinci Code. Four sessions address the following questions: 1. What Can History Really Tell Us?2. Can We Trust the Four Gospels?3. What's the Role of Women in Christianity?4. Is Jesus Really the
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Discussing the Da Vinci Code Copyright copy; 2006 by Lee Strobel and Garry Poole Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 ISBN-10: 0-310-27265-3 ISBN-13: 978-0-310-27265-6 All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Versionreg;. NIVreg;. Copyright copy; 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. All quotations from The Da Vinci Code are from the Doubleday hardcover edition, copy; 2003 by Dan Brown. The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as a resource to you. These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement on the part of Zondervan, nor do we vouch for their content for the life of this book. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means - electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other - except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Beth Shagene Printed in the United States of America 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 bull; 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 We want to hear from you. Please send your comments about this book to us in care of zreview@zondervan.com. Thank you. S e s s i o n 1 What Can History Really Tell Us? Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes! Leonardo da Vinci Watch It! (DVD Clip #1, 1 minute) In this brief video segment, Lee Strobel introduces the discussion topic for this session. Use the following space to take a few notes. Discuss It! 1What was your overall reaction to The Da Vinci Code? What did you like most about the book? Least? Give reasons for your answers. 2What questions, issues, or concerns about historical Christianity does The Da Vinci Code raise in your mind? W h a t C a n H i s t o r y R e a l l y T e l l U s ? 17 3Can historical events be verified? Why or why not? What do you think determines whether or not an historical event actually occurred? Watch It! (DVD Clip #2, 7 minutes) Use the following space to take notes as Lee Strobel interviews historian Paul Maier about: history being written by "winners," the reliability of historical documents, and the Priory of Sion. Dr. Maier, a professor of ancient history at Western Michigan University, has written over 250 scholarly articles and reviews in professional journals. His books include In the Fullness of Time, which examines secular evidence for Jesus; a new translation and commentary of the first-century historian Josephus; and a study of Eusebius, the first Christian historian. He also has written three novels, including A Skeleton in God's Closet, a number-one national bestseller in religious fiction. Discuss It! 4The Da Vinci Code says that "history is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books - books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe" (p. 256). Do you agree or disagree? Why? Gauging Historical Accuracy "Many historians now believe (as do I) that in gauging the historical accuracy of a given concept, we should first ask ourselves a far deeper question: How historically accurate is history itself?" Dan Brown
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Meet the Authors

Lee Strobel

Atheist-turned-Christian, Lee Strobel is the former award-winning legal affairs editor of The Chicago Tribune. He holds a Master of Studies in Law degree, as well as a journalism degree and was a professional journalist for 14 years, winning Illinois' top honours for investigative reporting and public service journalism from United Press International.

In 1981, after a two-year investigation of the evidence for Jesus, Lee received Christ as his Saviour, and subsequently became a teaching pastor at two of America's largest churches - Willow Creek Community Church, Chicago in 1987 and Saddleback Valley Community Church, California in 2000. In 2002 he left Saddleback's staff to focus on writing.

A New York Times best-selling author of nearly 20 books, he has been described by the Washington Post as "one of the evangelical community's most popular apologists." His journey from atheism to faith has been documented in the Gold Medallion-winning books The Case for Christ, Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary and The Case for Faith.

His other best-sellers include Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch in Marriage, which he co-authored with his wife, Leslie; God's Outrageous Claims and What Jesus Would Say? Lee also shared the prestigious ECPA Jordon Christian Book of the Year award in 2005 for a curriculum he co-authored about the movie The Passion of the Christ.

Lee is also co-author of the Becoming a Contagious Christian training curriculum, which is used around the world. And his articles have been published in a variety of magazines, including Discipleship Journal, Marriage Partnership, The Christian Research Journal, Guideposts, and Decision. He is also a contributing editor and columnist for Outreach on-line magazine.

Lee and Leslie have been married for 33 years and live in Southern California. They have a daughter, Alison, and son Kyle who is married to Kellie, both Alison and Kyle are writers.
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Garry Poole

As Willow Creek Community Church's key evangelism leader for over sixteen years, Garry Poole is the innovator of seeker small groups and a strategist of creative outreach initiatives. Passionate about reaching people for Christ, Garry and his team have trained thousands of leaders to launch seeker small groups in their own settings. His award-winning book, Seeker Small Groups, provides a detailed blueprint for facilitating small group discussions that assist spiritual seekers with investigating Christianity. He also wrote The Complete Book of Questions, a collection of 1001 conversation starte

Table Of Contents

  • Contents Preface 7 Getting Started 9 Session 1: What Can History Really Tell Us? 15 Session 2: Can We Trust The Four Gospels? 33 Session 3: What's The Role Of Women In Christianity? Session 4: Is Jesus The Son Of God? 65 Appendix 1: Recommended Resources 81 Appendix 2: Faqs About The Da Vinci Code 82 Appendix 3: Evidence For The True Identity Of Jesus 87 Appendix 4: For Leaders Only 93 About The Authors 95

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  • Catalogue Code 243260
  • Product Code 0310272653
  • EAN 9780310272656
  • UPC 025986272654
  • Pages 96
  • Department Ministry
  • Category Ministry Resources
  • Sub-Category Courses
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Apr 2006
  • Dimensions 190 x 137 x 7 mm
  • Weight 0.108kg

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