Friday, April 21, 2006

The Gospel of Judas

The medias made a big fuss over the Gospel of Judas lately. The discovery of an ancient document such as this one is interesting indeed, but the spin the media has put on it and the claims that it undermines Christian beliefs about Jesus are just that, spin with no substance.

Brian Saint-Paul has written an interesting article on this in the online magasine Holy Spirit Interactive: Does The Gospel of Judas Undermine Christianity?

Saint-Paul writes,

Here's where a drop of historical knowledge would do wonders for secular journalists. In point of fact, the Gospel of Judas is hardly a theological earthquake. After all, the Gospel of Judas is one of the Gnostic gospels. There are many others... the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, the Gospel of Philip, the Gospel of the Egyptians, etc. And with the possible (and partial) exception of Thomas, they offer no reliable historical insight into the actual events of the first century.

The article provides that "drop of historical knowledge" that journalists did not (did not want to?) take the time to consider.

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