Yes, I am a Christian and I have read it. Honestly, I wanted to know what all the hype and controversy was about. Actually, what really peeked my curiosity about it was hearing my pastor talk about it at church. He said that this movie was an opportunity for believers to share the truth of Christ now that people were now curious after reading the book or seeing the movie. Wow. I hadn't really thought of that. What an awesome outlook!
I must say, I did enjoy the book. Dan Brown is a good fiction writer and I see why people are enjoying this book so much. It hooks you. I read it in 2 day myself. I just love a good treasure hunting story; Sahara & National Treasure are a couple of my favorite movies. But then I got to all the stuff about Mary Magdelene and all I could think was, "What a load of crap!" I guess since I am a believer something that so goes against my core beliefs is something that is hard to wrap my mind around, even if I do know that it's fiction. And if I have to read about the "sacred feminine" again I'm going to be sick. That got old.
As a Christian, my fear for people is that this book will distort the truth and mislead people who don't know the truth. This book is what my pastor called "faction." LOL. It's a little bit of fact & weaved with a whole lot of fiction, hence the word faction. And Dan Brown weaves it really well. Guess that's why the book is selling so well. But how much truth is in there?
Well, I decided to check it out. There a lot of books on the subject. And even some free Podcasts, which I've been listening to. Josh McDowell has a really good one entitled The Da Vinci Code, if you're interested. It's entertaining and in short snippets. If you're interested in finding out the truth behind this book/movie, I highly recommend them.
I just started listening to the Podcasts and here's a couple of things I've learned already. First of all, the Priory of Sion did exist... but not until the 1950s. So there is no way that Da Vinci was a leader in the group. Also they were not affiliated with the Knights Templar, which also existed. I think the book did pointed out that the Knights Templar were created to protect pilgrims on the road to Jerusalem. That's it. And the Pope didn't burn any of them at the stake, but actually supported them. See, fact weaveds with fiction. Check it out.
So as I said, I did enjoy the book. It was a entertaining novel. :)