The DaVinci Code: To believe or not? That is the question

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Throughout its history, the Catholic Church has suppressed alternative and unapproved Christian beliefs. Dan Brow's publishing sensation the DaVinci code explores Mary Magdalene as the mother of Jesus' children long before the infamous inquisitions this controversial belief lead to a brutal 13th century crusade "for Christ" which murdered a 100.000 peaceful Christian in southern France known as the Cathars. The Cathars were an agnostic religious group that believes in the conjunction of man and woman; they had priestess, which is why they were hunt down. They respected more John the Baptist than Jesus and considered Mary Magdalene one of the apostles.

During the investigation for the presentation, I found some data that I would like to share with you. First, The Priory of Sion. The claims described the Priory of Sion as a secret society founded in the 11th century, to protect and preserve a secret involving the bloodline of Jesus Christ.

The Priory allegedly created the medieval order of Knights Templar as its military arm, and had a series of Grand Masters which included such notable (and real) historical figures as Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, and Leonardo da Vinci. The existence of the thousand-year-old Priory was supposedly "revealed" in the 1970s, via a series of documentaries and books by pseudohistory writers Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln, such as in their 1982 book The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, which allegedly pieced together evidence from documents which had been found in the French National Library, as well as documents which were supposedly found in the late 1800s, hidden inside a pillar of a small church in southern France.

Continuing with other detail, The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, popularly known as The Knights Templar, was one of the most famous of...