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“The Da Vinci Code” has undermined faith in the Roman Catholic Church and badly damaged its credibility, a survey of British readers of Dan Brown’s bestseller showed on Tuesday.

People are now twice as likely to believe Jesus Christ fathered children after reading the Dan Brown blockbuster and four times as likely to think the conservative Catholic group Opus Dei is a murderous sect.

I love articles like this. “FACT: It’s The DaVinci Code that undermines faith!” Not, of course, the weak-mindedness or ignorance of the influenced readers. I find most of my DaVinci Coded acquaintances (i.e. those that have taken DaVinci Code themed vacations – yes, really!) are the ones who normally read nothing more challenging than People magazine, so the theories put forth (badly) by the book come as a revelation to them. One wonders if their newfound thirst for reading will lead them to plan a trip to see Hogwarts in person, or if they might not be equally startled to learn that Horton Heard a Who?

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