Originally Posted by Tck13
...I did think the book brought up some interesting points about Christianity, some interesting points of view I never thought of or heard about....
P.S. Why can't the church acknowledge what it is... a fictional book?
I don't speak for 'the church', however Brown has played both sides of the issue of fiction. He makes several claims of "FACT" in the front of the book, however his claims of fact are not true. When cornered on his claims of fact he takes the dodge that it's just a book of fiction. He acts as though it's a historical novel, a fictional story woven around true events. Except the events aren't true.
As you yourself acknowledge in the first statements I quote above, his work of fiction brought up interesting points you've not thought of before. That's fine, but I would say that confirms the validity of interest many have in demonstrating Brown's factual errors.
Again, I would suggest Salon's 'The Da Vinci Code Crock'
as an article that tackles the factual problems without what many would view as Christian baggage.