MacLeans – The Da Vinci Code: bad writing for Biblical illiterates: As with other long-running franchises, Jesus has been reinvented with ever more bizarre storylines. By MARK STEYN

I don’t know where to begin, so I’ll skip to the end.

In other words, it’s just a bit of rhetorical red meat. Don’t take it as Gospel. It seems curious to me that, on the one hand, one can claim this book in general blows the lid off Christ’s final days and, at the same time, that in particular it’s full of period tics that shouldn’t be taken literally. These Christianesque bestsellers surely testify to something, but God knows what (as it were). It’s interesting that so many non-churchgoing readers are interested in Jesus, disheartening that they’re so Biblically illiterate. Still, given the success he’s had dismissing the premise of the New Testament as a fraud, perhaps Dan Brown could try writing a revisionist biography of acclaimed prophet Muhammad. Just a thought.

Curtsy to Rueful Red for the link.