Let’s hold a few more parts of chapter 55 up against traditional church history and show the flaws in the theory that is espoused in Dan Brown’s book.

DA VINCI:  “During this fusion of religions, Constantine needed to strengthen the new Christian tradition, and held a famous ecumenical gathering known as the Council of Nicea.” (Sir Teabing in ch. 55)

CHURCH HISTORY:  The Council of Nicea was held in 325 and was called by Constantine to settle several disputes that were being debated in the church.  The primary discussion was over the deity of Christ and the teachings of Arius, who taught that Jesus was not one with God and did not believe that Jesus was divine.  The Council met for two months and was attended by 318 bishops from Eastern and Western Churches.  One important note here is that there was no such thing as the ‘Roman Catholic Church’ at this point.  The church was ‘catholic’ in the sense that it was universal but the schisms that created Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholic were still hundreds of years away.  Many historians, and bishops of the time, were disturbed by the fact that Constantine called and led this Council.  Many parts of Christianity still do not recognize the authority of the Council of Nicea because of the emperor’s role in the Council.  However, the council’s influence on Christianity and heresy in the church is undeniable.

DA VINCI:  “At this gathering (Council of Nicea)”, Teabing said, “many aspects of Christianity were debated and voted upon…and, of course, the divinity of Jesus.”

“I don’t follow.  His divinity?” (Sophie)

“My dear,” Teabing declared, “until THAT moment in history, Jesus was viewed by His followers as a mortal prophet…a great and powerful man, but a MAN nonetheless.  A mortal.” (ch. 55)

CHURCH HISTORY:  Believing that Jesus was just a mortal until the Council of Nicea would have been news to John the Apostle (see John 10:30), Thomas the Apostle (see John 20:26-28), Justin Martyr, Polycarp, Clement, Ignatius, and Irenaeus.  The divinity v. humanity of Christ was passionately debated in the first few centuries with opposing views to his deity coming in the forms of Sabellianism, Arianism, and Gnosticism.  But to claim that nobody believed in the divinity of Christ before the Council of Nicea is ignoring 300 hundred of years of documented church history.

Read the rest of Brian’s post at ikonblog.