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I'm an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor), in private practice in Marietta, Georgia. My writings on queer spirituality have been published in Whosoever and several other magazines. I live in a house-in-the-woods (Bear's Hermitage) in Marietta with Leonidas (Lenny) and Guy, Mighty Warrior Cats, and way too many books.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

“Lost Gospels” Article Now Online

My latest article is now online at Whosoever:
The Lost Gospels of Judas and Thomas: A Tale of Two Gnostics

The newly-uncovered Gospel of Judas is repeatedly lumped together with the Gospel of Thomas in current news stories and articles. Yet the two gospels are vastly different from each other. This article takes a look at those differences and the two very different types of gnosticism these two “lost gospels” represent.


Blogger gratefulbear said...

Here is a comment from fellow blogger Zach Young, which I accidentally deleted:

Good review. I agree with you. Thomas and Judas are totally different. On a more practical level, every time I read the Gospel of Thomas, I am touched and inspired, however, I read through the entire Gospel of Judas without a single moment like that.

I would recommend the book National Geographic published, but not for the actual text of the Gospel of Judas. I would recommend it for the four essays after the text. They are quite good.

Always great to hear from you!

My response:

Thanks, Zach! Always good to hear from you too. I do have the National Geographic book "The Gospel of Judas," and I think it's a worthwhile book to have for the four essays. And I agree with you wholeheartedly about the difference in spirit between the Gospel of Judas and the Gospel of Thomas!

12:06 AM, May 01, 2006  
Blogger Visual-Voice said...

I was struck by your opinion that Thomas was too inclusive and Judas, too exclusive. Very, very, interesting.

I'm inspired now to read the gospel of thomas, it sounds as though he may have been a follower of both Jesus and the Buddha.

5:02 PM, May 01, 2006  
Blogger gratefulbear said...

I personally don't feel Thomas is too inclusive, but I believe the early church did. I'm a universalist, so there's no such thing as "too inclusive" in my book!

12:24 PM, May 02, 2006  
Anonymous Earth Mystic said...

haven't had a chance to read this yet, but hope to do so soon. I'm sure it will be fodder for our class in July. Incidentally, Candace has approved the topic, so we're on!

11:10 PM, May 04, 2006  
Blogger Jon said...

Good article, Darrell.

Ah, the Da Vinci Code. The Gospel of Judas. Freke and Gandy. Pullman's His Dark Materials. So many things in the culture begging to turn the naive into the arrogant after an undiscerning reading or watching.

Time for those of us who have seen what's beyond the opposing tangles of arguments, concepts, and creeds to just be the Light, and shine.


11:41 PM, May 04, 2006  
Blogger rainbowpitta said...

Hi Darrell
I read your article comparing the "gospels" of Thomas and Judas. I found the article interesting but it mystified me to some extent because of the intensity of your demotion of the the gospel of Judas. If the text is as ancient as it is supposed to be is it not useful to know that there was such a diversity of belief that was part of the world out of which the Christian religion arose?

I have a copy of Thomas, the Stevan Davies one actually, but I admit I don't have a copy of Judas and I'm not sure whether I will acquire one. I cherish my Thomas and find it very useful in my own contemplation.

Is it not helpful though, to realise that in the search for our own knowing of the Kingdom, the teaching of Jesus was in a context of some radically different approaches, such as that apparently portrayed in Judas. It might also have some cues or clues to our understanding of the context of Jesus' ministry.

I have just finished reading "The Jesus Papers" by Michael Baigent and one of the things I have taken from that is that book is that there are so many ancient texts out there that it seems inconceivable to me that there would not be a diversity of things that were written in ancient times, all of which may help us see what might have been from many different angles.

If we place too much emphasis though on what is written rather than what is known then we perhaps miss the gnostic point and become captured by what is after all just somebody's words, whether or not we are promoting or demoting those words. Perhaps those who might suppress or demote what I might see as helpful are as equally captured by what they seek to diminish? The elevation or even canonisation of certain texts above others tells us more perhaps about exclusiveness of the elevators than it does about any revelation of God.

Thanks for the review. As usual you get me thinking.


5:16 PM, May 17, 2006  

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