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Multnomah Responds to Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code

5/1/2006

In anticipation of the upcoming film based on Dan Brown's bestseller The Da Vinci Code, Multnomah Bible College has organized a faculty panel discussion to address the historical and theological questions that are raised on the novel and movie.

"How should we respond to the book, and the movie that is coming out? We hope to answer that question," said Professor Michael Gurney, organizer of the panel discussion. "The popularity of the book has generated interest in the question: who is the real Jesus?"

Professor Gurney will act as the moderator for the panel discussion. The panel will consist of Dr. Daniel Scalberg, chairperson of the history department, and Dr. Wayne Strickland, academic dean and vice president of Multnomah.

"I hope to accomplish two things with this panel. First of all, I want people to think about how we should respond as Christians to the questions and issues raised by Brown's novel. This is an opportunity to create productive dialogue with people," said Gurney. "My second goal is to provide a response as to the historical inaccuracies of The Da Vinci Code. Brown may say that it's just a novel, but he has indicated that there is some truth to the theory that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene. This allegation requires a response from those who believe in the historical portrayal of Christ that is found in scripture."

The panel discussion is open to the public and will take place in room L101 in Mitchell Library on Multnomah's campus on Thursday, May 11 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. There is no entrance fee for this event. For more information contact Debbie Chin at 503.251.6400 or dchin@multnomah.edu.