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Gnostic Gospels

Judas -- Traitor or Hero?

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 05.17.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

Perhaps he was a bit of both. Clearly, his primary association among the canonical Gospels is that of being a traitor, although the "handing over" of Jesus to the authorities is not necessarily to be rendered as a "betrayal" in the Greek.

Sophia: The Christian Mystic's Path To Wisdom

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.17.2014 | Religion

Philosophers have been pursuing wisdom for centuries. What is it? Who has it? And where does it come from? French philosopher René Descartes wrote...

Jesus' Sex Life on the 'Down Low'

Irene Monroe | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Irene Monroe

I just find it hard to believe that this wandering rabbi and his gang of 12 surely horny men were unmarried and celibate.

Was Jesus Really Married?

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

The recent announcement that a fragment of a papyrus manuscript found in Egypt some time ago -- one that mentions Jesus having a wife -- is "authentic" has been something of a sensation in the news.

A Conversation With Ted Neeley, Hollywood's 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 10.20.2013 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the film, Jesus Christ Superstar and San Francisco's world renowned Castro Theatre is ready to celebrate.

Religiously Queer

Donna Minkowitz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Donna Minkowitz

As we celebrate Pride Month and the anniversary of the Stonewall uprising by LGBT bar patrons fighting back against the police, who were trying violently to arrest them, I wonder why more liberals and progressives don't seek to learn about a fascinating ancient theology called Gnosticism.

Shavuot: The 'I' Of Sinai And The Nag Hammadi Gnostics

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

My sense of the meaning of Shavuot, a Jewish holiday that begins in the evening on May 14, has been deeply transformed by an ancient teaching from the Nag Hammadi library, a collection of Gnostic texts.

Interview: Hal Taussig and A New New Testament

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 05.22.2013 | Books
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Here is my interview with Dr. Hal Taussig on his newest book project, A New New Testament: A Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts.

Mary Magdalene Madness

Roxane Assaf Lynn | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Roxane Assaf Lynn

Metaphorical interpretations aside, the apparent confirmation of Jesus of Nazareth and Mary of Magdala as the ultimate biblical power couple has spawned a movement.

So Lady Gaga's Not Madonna, but Is She the Lost Star?

Roxane Assaf Lynn | Posted 08.21.2012 | Entertainment
Roxane Assaf Lynn

Some of the world's heaviest thinkers on faith and history infuse this topic with a gravitas worthy of all the effort. The question is which flavor of Mary Magdalene you like best.

What Didn't Make It Into The Bible?

Bart D. Ehrman | Posted 09.20.2011 | Religion
Bart D. Ehrman

For a complete picture of what the earliest Christians "knew" about Jesus, the books of the New Testament are not enough. One also needs to read the books that did not make it into Scripture.

Where Did The Bible Come From?

David Lose | Posted 09.12.2011 | Religion
David Lose

Since the early years of Christianity, various myths, legends, and even conspiracy theories about the origins of the Bible have enjoyed wide circulation.

The Anarchist Jesus of the First Gospel

Sander Hicks | Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion
Sander Hicks

The Gospel of Thomas is a collection of revolutionary sayings attributed to Jesus. Despite what the Church tells you, it can't be dismissed as the scribblings of a heretic. This is Jesus, raw and uncut.