Hmm, yes, "The Da Vinci Code". I haven't read it but I've read Umberto Eco's parody of it, "Foucault's Pendulum", which mysteriously appeared about 15 years earlier. This must be some kind of first in literary history. Recently there seems to be a spate of fiction based on "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail" (itself a work of fiction). The other day I was browsing at Amazon looking at translations of Wolfram von Eschenbach's "Parzival", when one reviewer helpfully informed me that the poem was "outdated...For the latest of the real Holy Grail, read he hot authors like Ken Agori or even Baigent." OK then, I'll drop those Medieval losers (after all, what did they know about the Middle Ages?) and get with the times and if I want to know about the Merovingian Franks, Gregory of Tours will have to make way for David Icke.
quite a funny story...
In one of his writings, Augustine mentions that this particular story (the one ending with "go and sin no more") had been dropped from John by some copyists, who were afraid it would be interpreted to support adultery.
Which fact helps make the dramatization stand out in a lively way. Not that I actually believe it, though.
The links about Nicea were enlightening, also.
To use the logic of the "diabolicals" that Eco's novel satirizes: The fact that Eco's satire appeared years before the work it satirizes, the Da Vinci Code, only proves the conspiracy that the latter book unravels. Eco is, no doubt, a Jesuit...
As for my own meager attempt at a fiction, I chose the text from John precisely because it had been left out of some copies. It's also worth noting that Athanasius really did want to set up an ecclesiastical authority that would above politics, and Eusebius did devise the doctrine of the Divine Right of Kings. Other than that, it couldn't be phonier than if I had made the room smoke filled (which I had thought of doing).