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Pagels, Sigmund to discuss 'Da Vinci Code,' Dec. 1

Two Princeton faculty members will lead a discussion on "'The Da Vinci Code' and the Politics of Early Christianity" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Elaine Pagels , the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion, and Paul Sigmund , professor of politics, will speak on the 2003 bestselling novel by Dan Brown. The discussion will follow the showing of an ABC News program, "Jesus, Mary and Da Vinci," that investigated many of the theories raised in the book.

Pagels is the author of "Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas" (2003), which spent several months on The New York Times bestseller list, and of "Beyond Belief" (1979), which Brown claims provided the building blocks for "The Da Vinci Code." Sigmund, whose specialties include religion and politics, is teaching a class this semester on "Ancient and Medieval Political Theory." He has translated the political writings of Thomas Aquinas and Nicholas of Cusa.

The panel is sponsored by the Department of Politics .

Contact: Tom Bartus(609) 258-3601

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