'Da Vinci Code mystery is no match for the Gospel truth'
By Ruth Gledhill
Church leaders said the novel was the product of a cynical society
Church leaders have opened battle with the account of Christianity that forms the basis of The Da Vinci Code. Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said that conspiracy theories would not undermine the truth of the Gospel. Dr Thomas Wright, the Bishop of Durham, said that an “ethically confused, navel-gazing society” had made Dan Brown’s novel a bestseller. Hundreds of churches are preparing events to coincide with the release next month of the film version of the novel, to help ongregations understand why the version of events that appears in the book is untrue (cont.)