“Unlike the accounts in the New Testament Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the anonymous author of the Gospel of Judas believed that Judas Iscariot alone among the 12 disciples understood the meaning of Jesus’ teachings and acceded to his will. In the diversity of early Christian thought, a group known as Gnostics believed in a secret knowledge of how people could escape the prisons of their material bodies and return to the spiritual realm from which they came.
Elaine Pagels, a professor of religion at Princeton who specializes in studies of the Gnostics, said in a statement, ‘These discoveries are exploding the myth of a monolithic religion, and demonstrating how diverse — and fascinating — the early Christian movement really was.’
The Gospel of Judas is only one of many texts discovered in the last 65 years, including the gospels of Thomas, Mary Magdalene and Philip, believed to be written by Gnostics.”
Not that this will shake the foundations of society, but it still is fascinating. If fundamentalists ever bothered to do that thing us intellectuals like to call “research,” we could possibly have fascinating and productive religious debates. I find the ideas of the Christian Gnostics to be particularly fascinating most likely due to my being raised Catholic. And hey, the New Age-y people would find alot to love about the Gnostics.
Down with the demiurge! 🙂