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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

My only comment on The Gospel of Judas

And it is really a quote. There is nothing new here and nothing to get all freaked out about. Adam Gropnik with The New Yorker, although occasionally taking a few shots at the concept of biblical authority, makes an essential point in his article. . .

"Orthodox Christians will point out, correctly, that there is no new "challenge" to the Church in the Judas Gospel, much less a crisis of faith. This is an ancient heresy, dealt with firmly, not to say brutally, throughout Church history. The finding of the new Gospel, though obviously remarkable as a bit of textual history, no more challenges the basis of the Church's faith than the discovery of a document from the nineteenth century written in Ohio and defending King George would be a challenge to the basis of American democracy. There are no new beliefs, no new arguments, and certainly no new evidence in the papyrus that would cause anyone to doubt who did not doubt before."

That pretty much sums that one up. Has anyone ridden Expedition Everest yet?

3 Comments:

Anonymous Rexwilder said...

Which is true and all well and good. But. Isn't is still interesting to read/study/understand? I think it is. Just as a document changing the reasons/role of the war for independence would be interesting...even if it did nothing to change reality or history generally. Obviously part of Christianity is believing that God made sure the Bible had the right books in it if you will, but to ignore secular history/archaeology/analysis is in my opinion as short-sighted as people that accept anything as true that can be used to discredit some piece of the Bible. And I think you generally agree with that--in my opinion the problem (as is always the case no matter what side of an issue you are on) comes with people who are so focused on what they think and believe that they fail to take the time to understand/appreciate other tangential information or viewpoints (which many times does nothing but to strengthen those original beliefs if one takes the time to understand them). And on a more important note: Disney/Universal is coming (or more appropriately, we are going).

April 11, 2006 1:19 AM  
Blogger The Beast said...

Absolutely, it's a wonderful tool for even more clarity into gnosticism, and anytime you discover a text from the 2nd century, that is a cool thing. I agree with your comments and I don't think my post implied anything that would counter them. I simply don't want Christians to think all of a sudden their faith is in question, there is nothing new here except more clarification to an old heresy.

April 11, 2006 2:01 AM  
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