I am in New York this week for various events tied to the DaVinci Code. Last night I spoke with 120 people tied to the UN. These were diplomats and members of the UN staff from around the world who came to hear about the historical issues tied to the claims of the novel. I spoke for an hour and took questions for 20 minutes. This event was hosted by the Christian Embassy, a great minstry to that community. It was a fascinating time, especially when I got to speak with several of the members while signing copies of Breaking the DaVinci Code after the lecture. Many of those attending were believers with Latin America, Africa, and Eastern Europe well represented. In addition, many countries were represented from other parts of the world that might surprise you. It is clear that this novel has created curiosity for all sorts of people and that the need to get good information about it extends worldwide. I will have more to say about these events in New York as each one comes along. Today there will be a news conference about a debate I will have at the Hilton on Monday night at 7 PM EDT. This involves myself, an Orthodox Jew and a messianic Jew for a Jewish take on the novel. This will be streamed live over the internet and can be viewed at www.davincidebateny.com. Log in and you are welcome to see it. It also will be archived at this site. I think it will be an instructive exchange. One final note. CT has a new post today on its site that contains a very brief interview with me about the Judas gospel. It can be seen at http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2006/006/5.19.html I almost forgot. I was at beleifnet.com for an hour yesterday afternoon to speak with their staff about the Code. That interview will post soon. Finally, the New Yorker magazine will have a Code story on Christian response out Monday. More to come soon...
May 11, 2006