Belloc continues with a look at what is definitely historically known about the Church’s
doctrines and organization before Constantine. Also, a brief look at testimony from before that time.
The Da Vinci Code is dead wrong about lots of things, and this is one of them.
(Incidentally, I recently learned that we have many more manuscripts
surviving from ancient times of books of the Bible than of the Odyssey,
the Iliad, or other hugely popular works of that day. As in, thousands
of Bible manuscripts, fewer than a thousand of the others — only a
single manuscript of some, in fact. Yet somehow we never hear about
Homer or Virgil being distorted by conspirators or ideologues, although
that would have been a far greater temptation.)