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Maier book challenges "Code's" accuracy

Aug. 9, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Was Jesus celibate? What are the Gnostic gospels? Is there a Holy Grail? Did Jesus have a wife?

These and other questions are part of the controversy, confusion and outrage generated by Dan Brown's "The DaVinci Code?," and the answers to these and many other questions can be found in a new book co-authored by Paul Maier, Russell Siebert Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University and Hank Hanegraaff, president and chairman of the board of the California-based Christian Research Institute International.

"The DaVinci Code--Fact or Fiction" addresses the historical and theological inaccuracies in Brown's best-selling book. Hanegraaff and Maier separate fact from fiction as they give a fact-based rebuttal to the "Code's" assertions.

The author of numerous books on the rise of Christianity, Maier's insights have been sought by numerous media including ABC News, U.S. News & World Report, The Learning Channel, Voice of America and the Arts & Entertainment network. Maier's 1994 book, "A Skeleton in God's Closet," became a number one national best seller in the religious fiction category, and he recently released a sequel, "More Than a Skeleton."

Published by Tyndale House Publishers, "The DaVinci Code--Fact or Fiction," is available in paperback at major book retailers and on the Web through amazon.com and barnesandnobel.com with a list price of $4.99.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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