September 20, 2011 at 1:44 pm #37849
note: I love historians of religion. They show you how it really got invented and why. Readers of Taoist texts are no different; you’ll believe the ones that satisfy your own imagination. – m
*THE LOST GOSPELS
*Watch the complete documentary on Pulse:
The Lost Gospels, presented by Anglican priest Pete Owen Jones, is a
fascinating exploration into the huge number of ancient Christian texts
that didn’t make it into the New Testament. Shocking and challenging,
these were works in that presented a Jesus who didn’t die, who took
revenge on his enemies and who kissed Mary Magdalene on the mouth. This
Jesus is unrecognizable from that found in the traditional books of the
Pete travels through Egypt and the former Roman Empire looking at the
emerging evidence of a Christian world that’s very different from the
one we know. He discovers that in addition to the gospels of Mark,
Matthew, Luke and John, there were over 70 gospels, acts, letters and
apocalypses circulating in the early Church.
Through these lost Gospels, Owen Jones reconstructs the intense
intellectual and political struggles for orthodoxy that were fought in
the early centuries of Christianity, a battle involving different
Christian sects, each convinced that their gospels were true and sacred.
The worldwide success of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code has sparked new
interest about the origins of the Christian faith. Pete Owen Jones sets
out the context in which heretical texts like the Gospel of Mary
emerged. He also strikes a cautionary note: if these lost Gospels had
been allowed to flourish, Christianity may well have faced an uncertain
future, or perhaps not survived at all.
The documentary, although a great feat of scholarship, falls short of
exploring some other important manuscripts such as the Gospel of Judas
and the Gospel of Barnabas. It also fails to eplore the evidences in the
gospels of the other possibility of Christ’s nature: that he was
However, the question that really needs to be asked is: isn’t God
himself supposed to decide what comprises of His book?
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