The Da Vinci Code: Fact or Fiction? Special CCN Broadcast, May 21, Examines the Controversy of Da Vinci Code Book and Movie

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Church Communication Network (CCN) presents a review and discussion of the controversy surrounding The Da Vinci Code book and movie on May 21. Hosted by author and speaker Lee Strobel, this live satellite broadcast to hundreds of churches across North America, will expose the deception and distortion of The Da Vinci Code assertions, and affirm the certainty of the biblical presentation of Jesus Christ.

Church Communication Network (CCN) - http://www.ccn.tv - and award-winning reporter and author Lee Strobel present an in-depth review and discussion entitled ‘Unlocking The Da Vinci Code’ in churches across North America on Sunday, May 21 live via satellite. Joining Lee will be Mark Mittelberg and Dr. Erwin Lutzer. For details visit - http://www.ccn.tv/programming/event/evt_21may06.htm

The Da Vinci Code, the best-selling novel by Dan Brown, makes specific and controversial claims about the life of Jesus Christ and the authenticity of Christianity - claims which are widely disputed among historians. Soon to be released as a major motion picture staring Tom Hanks, the message of the book will be exposed to new audiences. To uncover the truth about The Da Vinci Code deceptions, CCN presents this special evening of discussion with Mr. Strobel and encourages anyone interested in the true historical facts to attend. To view a list of participating churches go to -- http://www.ccn.tv/ccn/DaVinci/sites.htm

As foundation for the evening Lee Strobel and Gary Poole have completed a book and study materials entitled ‘Discussing The Da Vinci Code’, video clips of which can be reviewed on http://www.LeeStrobel.com. Complete with visits to Paris and England they address and counter Da Vinci Code challenges such as, was Jesus the Son of God?, and what was Jesus’ attitude towards women? The program includes interviews with expert historians Dr. Paul Maier, PhD and Dr. Mark Strauss, PhD, whose commentary includes what we know of Jesus and the life of Emperor Constantine. View a sample clip here - http://www.leestrobel.com/Christ/strobelT1038.htm

Those who have accepted The Da Vinci Code story at face value, which Dan Brown claims is based on fact, may be surprised to learn that the actual facts leave little of Dan Brown’s story intact. For example, Dr. Maier sums up the evidence presented for Constantine's influence by saying it... "flies in the face of all the historical evidence we have." Speaking of the damage The Da Vinci Code has done to those searching for the truth about Jesus Christ, Strobel says “…we have to be intentional as a church, we have to reach out, we have to take advantage of this opportunity and lead many people to the truth.” Join Lee and CCN for ‘Unlocking the Da Vinci Code’ on May 21, 2006 and decide for yourself. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Powered by CCN, http://www.LeeStrobel.com offers a constantly growing library of timely and thought-provoking video segments. The material presented will equip Christians for defending their faith, and help those who are still searching learn more of the truth of Jesus Christ. Says Bill Dallas, President and CEO of CCN, “Today’s audience loves to be engaged with video and audio -- it captures the right emotion and impact of otherwise written words. Our partnership with Lee allows us to get his thoughts and energies out to the world with impact, such as this important presentation on the deceptions of The Da Vinci Code. I hope as many people as possible will join us on May 21.”

About CCN -- Church Communication Network offers in-depth, powerful programming covering a broad spectrum of ministry areas -- everything from NextGen to Women's ministry, Leadership to Children's ministry -- delivered by satellite to over 2,500 churches throughout North America. CCN's growing network of subscriber churches learn together from the best Christian communicators. The network has become a virtual community of local churches across North America that are being equipped for ministry through CCN broadcasts. Visit CCN at http://www.ccn.tv. Church Communication Network (CCN), P.O. Box 1718, Mountain View, CA 94042. Phone: 800-321-6781 Fax: 650-745-0660

About Lee Strobel -- Atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel, the former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune, is a New York Times best-selling author of nearly twenty books and has been interviewed on numerous national television programs, including ABC’s 20/20, Fox News, and CNN. Described by the Washington Post as “one of the evangelical community’s most popular apologists,” Lee has won awards for his books The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, The Case for a Creator, and Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary. Visit Lee’s site at – http://www.LeeStrobel.com. For media interviews, contact Vicki Cessna at 616-698-3214. For speaking engagements, visit http://www.outreachspeakers.com.

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