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Theologian dissects 'The Da Vinci Code,' April 18

Luke Timothy Johnson, a professor in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, will discuss Dan Brown's best-seller "The Da Vinci Code" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, in McCosh 10.

Titled "'The Da Vinci Code,' the Culture Wars and the New Gnosticism," Johnson's lecture will relate the popularity of the controversial novel to the societal debates often described as "the culture wars." He also will place the novel in the context of the renewed interest in early Gnosticism.

Johnson is the R.W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Emory. His books include "The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Truth of the Traditional Gospels" (1996), "The Writings of the New Testament: An Interpretation" (2002) and "Religious Experience in Earliest Christianity: A Missing Dimension in New Testament Study" (1998).

The Aquinas Institute is sponsoring this lecture. Cosponsors include the Baptist Student Fellowship, the Episcopal Church at Princeton, the Princeton Graduate Christian Fellowship, the Lutheran Campus Ministry (Concordia Society), Manna Christian Fellowship, the Office of Religious Life, Princeton Presbyterians and the Wesley Foundation at Princeton.

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