LDS scholars conclude errors in ‘The Da Vinci Code’
If there is one topic of particular interest to Latter-day Saints in “The Da Vinci Code,” it is the assertion that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, because many believe it could well be true.
Formal doctrine and scripture unique to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that, in order to obtain the highest level of “exaltation” in the afterlife, members must be “sealed” or married in one of the faith’s temples for “time and all eternity,” and that such unions are a central part of God’s plan for humanity.
So while the question of Christ’s marital status isn’t new among Latter-day Saints, a trio of LDS scholars who have fielded numerous questions about it since the book’s release three years ago decided to address the topic head-on in the first LDS book to answer queries sure to be raised again with the film’s premiere next week.
“What Da Vinci Didn’t Know,” a 124-page book explaining what LDS doctrine does and doesn’t say about Christ’s marital status and other issues, has been published by Deseret Book. Authored by three Brigham Young University religion professors – Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Andrew C. Skinner and Thomas A. Wayment – it contains a list of factual errors in the book and details the historical documents and context used by author Dan Brown.