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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate – Media, 610-740-3790

MEDIA ADVISORY

CEDAR CREST PROFESSOR TAKES ON FACT AND FICTION IN "DA VINCI CODE" TALK

Allentown, PA (April 11, 2006) – With Dan Brown's best-selling book, The Da Vinci Code, still making headlines and fascinating people around the world, questions have been raised about the truth behind the historical information that permeates the novel.

On Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at Noon in the South Annex of the Tompkins College Center, Dr. Allen Richardson, chaplain and professor of religion at Cedar Crest College, will present "Myth, Mayhem and Historical Misinformation in

The Da Vinci Code" for faculty, staff and students.

The talk looks at the errors in The Da Vinci Code, concentrating both on the medieval and modern periods and on Dan Brown's interpretation of ancient Christianity. Drawing on current research about the historical Jesus, Richardson reveals many of the factual errors in the novel including the premise that Jesus was married. The discussion also looks at reasons why the book remains so popular and the context of renewed interest in spirituality in which it appears.

As the release of a major motion picture based on the book approaches, Dr. Richardson is also available to comment on this topic in the future.

For more information, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.

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