||[Apr. 6th, 2006|10:59 am]
The Gospel of Judas?|
This is pretty exciting regardless of whether you're Christian. The early church had hundreds of different texts around the life of Jesus and Xian interpretation of the old testament, but at one point, the Roman Church decided on what stayed in the bible, and went on a determined campaign to destroy documents outside the orthodoxy. This is why documents like the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Gospel of Judas are important. These documents are often closer in time to the life of Jesus, and while there's no knowing their historical veracity, they reflect the thinking of the early church. In many cases the early church was radically different than what we are told today.
I'm not a Christian, but not for the lack of trying on the part of my Mormon Relations, and my wife's Evangelical siblings. I am constitutionally incapable of accepting the supernatural, but it doesn't prevent me from trying to find templates for life in holy teaching. All that resurrection and the rapture & such is at best metaphor to me. But you can do a lot worse than to look to the new testament for a way to live a loving and ethical life.
Maybe not the best post to debut this User Icon with, but that's how I roll...