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  • Trans Sexuality is Gnostic to the core...Gender 4

    For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;(Romans 1:25-27)We live in baffling times. The very...
  • Technocracy As A Religion: Satan’s Alternative Plan Of Salvation?

    03/25/2016 11:04:27 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 12 replies
    Technocracy News ^ | March 22, 2016 | Linda Kimball
    The contemporary chiliastic-evolutionary movement is Technocracy. The world is being actively transformed by an amoral power elite and their minions according to a very narrow economical/political/social philosophy called Technocracy, and it is impacting every segment of society in every corner of the world:
  • Developmental Divinity: a Review of “The Young Messiah”

    03/13/2016 5:02:32 AM PDT · by NYer · 54 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 12, 2016 | Brad Miner
    The Young Messiah, a film based on a novel by Anne Rice, is about Roman soldiers in the employ of Herod Antipas looking to hunt down a boy named Jesus, a rumored miracle worker, who seven years previously may have escaped Herod the Great’s slaughter of the innocents.Sean Bean, who is so often killed off in movies and (as in Game of Thrones) on TV (IMDB actually keeps a list), plays Severus, a Roman soldier who is an almost direct analogue to the Tribune, Clavius, in another 2016 film, Risen. And like that later Roman, Severus is investigating a mystery, except...
  • Gnostic Physicists: The World is a Computer Simulation in Minds of Robotic Overlords

    08/19/2015 11:05:23 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 49 replies
    Renew America ^ | August 18, 2015 | Linda Kimball
    Is the world we live in a computer simulation in the minds of Robotic Overlords who are using humanity as playthings? This is the "scientific" theory put forward by a number of physicists and Oxford University philosopher Nick Bostrom.(1) Bostrom is one of the founders of the World Transhumanist Association. Transhumanism is a blend of revitalized Gnostic pagan and Eastern occult pantheist elements and magic science undergirded by a strong Darwinian impulse. Thus it subscribes to the modern myth of a coming Superman that is actually a counterfeit of the Christian vision of a new and perfected human race spiritually...
  • Bruce Jenner, the “Shadow Council,” and St. Irenaeus

    06/09/2015 1:38:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | June 9, 2015 | Fr. Robert Barron
    For Biblical people, human love is never a disembodied reality Left: René Descartes; middle: Bruce Jenner at 1972 Olympics; right: Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, Germany, in a May 2012 photo (CNS photo/Bob Roller) Two news items from last week put me in mind of St. Irenaeus and the battle he waged, nineteen centuries ago, against the Gnostic heresy. The first was the emergence of Bruce Jenner as a “woman” named Caitlyn, and the second was a “shadow council” that took place in Rome and apparently called for the victory of a theology of love over John Paul...
  • Gnosticism vs. The Incarnation: The Ancient Battle Renewed (contemporary sexual revolution)

    06/09/2015 12:26:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | June 8, 2015 | John B. Buescher
    The contemporary sexual revolution is thoroughly Gnostic, attacking the institution of marriage, thwarting the conception of children, and denying the differences between men and women “Temptation of Jesus Christ” (1901-03) by Ilya Repin [WikiArt.org] There is a tale, whose threads are too long to unravel here, of the meanderings of an idea through history—the idea that, as Nicolas Gómez-Davila parsed it, man is “a god imprisoned in the dull inertia of his flesh, or a god who elevates matter as his cry of victory.” This is the “knowledge” of both the old and the new Gnostics: We are not who...
  • Scientific Neutrality and Modernist Christians in a Man-Centered Universe

    05/20/2015 10:36:20 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 8 replies
    Renew America ^ | May 19, 2015 | Linda Kimball
    "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6 "...in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily." Colossians 2:9 John 1:10 tells us that everything seen and unseen was created ex nihilo by the spoken Word of the Son of God, which means that Jesus Christ was active and present long before His incarnation, therefore eternally co-existent with the Father. Jesus Christ is therefore God just as the Father and Holy Spirit are God, thus the Word of the Old Testament's creation account...
  • The New Gnosticism of the Homosexual Movement

    05/13/2015 6:45:09 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 27 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 5/12/15 | Robert R. Reilly
    If Eric Voegelin (1901-85) were alive today, I think that he would see the homosexual movement as a form of Gnosticism—a spiritually pathological, magical reconstruction of reality, or of a “second reality.” Voegelin wrote that, “All gnostic movements are involved in the project of abolishing the constitution of being, with its origin in divine, transcendent being…”i Does this seem too extreme a charge to bring against the homosexual movement? As I will attempt to show, this is not about some sexual peccadillo that we can wink at and push off into a corner—it is a lie about humanity itself. Lesbian...
  • Scholars reveal how they scrambled to authenticate Gospel of Judas

    04/08/2013 8:06:25 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 44 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 04/08/2013 | Stephanie Pappas
    A long-lost gospel that casts Judas as a co-conspirator of Jesus, rather than a betrayer, was ruled most likely authentic in 2006. Now, scientists reveal they couldn't have made the call without a series of far more mundane documents, including Ancient Egyptian marriage licenses and property contracts. The Gospel of Judas is a fragmented Coptic text, traced back to Egypt, which portrays Judas in a far more sympathetic light than did the gospels that made it into the Bible. In this version of the story, Judas turns Jesus over to the authorities for execution upon Jesus' request, as part of...
  • New revelations (Bp. Fred Henry on the recently discovered Gospel of Skip and Muffy)

    05/29/2006 11:46:35 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 12 replies · 524+ views
    Calgary Sun - Canada ^ | Monday, May 29, 2006 | Bishop Fred Henry (RC)
    New revelationsRecently discovered Gospel of Skip and Muffy has all the makings of yet another blockbuster By Bishop Fred Henry Calgary Sun May 29, 2006 In early April, there was the climatologist who opined that back in the old days, Galilee experienced cold snaps, so maybe Jesus didn't walk on water, but was standing on ice. This, it was suggested, will force Christians to reconsider the foundations of their faith. However, a larger story soon emerged concerning the discovery of the second-century "Gospel of Judas", highly touted by the National Geographic Society and the New York Times. The opening...
  • The Gospel of Judas

    05/12/2006 7:24:59 PM PDT · by xzins · 4 replies · 176+ views
    They said, “Master, you are […] the son of our god.” Jesus said to them, “How do you know me? Truly [I] say to you, no generation of the people that are among you will know me.” DISCIPLES BECOME ANGRY When his disciples heard this, they started getting angry and infuriated and began blaspheming against him in their hearts. When Jesus observed their lack of [understanding, he said] to them, “Why has this agitation led you to anger? Your god who is within you and […] [35] have provoked you to anger [within] your souls. [Let] any one of you...
  • Judas Saves; Why the lost gospel makes sense (Christopher Hitchens)

    05/04/2006 10:20:30 AM PDT · by churchillbuff · 146 replies · 2,958+ views
    slate ^ | Ap 13 06 | Christopher Hitchens
    the idea of a sacred Judas always seemed rational to me, at least in Christian terms. The New Testament tells us firmly that Jesus went to Jerusalem at Passover to die and to fulfill certain ancient prophecies by doing so. How could any agent of this process, witting or unwitting, be acting other than according to the divine will? ...[snip] Now we have, recovered from the desert of Egypt, a 26-page "Gospel of Judas," . ...[snip] The Judas gospel puts legend's most notorious traitor in a new light—as the man who enjoyed his master's most intimate confidence, and who was...
  • Stir over Gospel of Judas may not be entirely justified

    04/26/2006 11:53:48 AM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 125 replies · 782+ views
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | Apr. 26, 2006 | ALAN COCHRUM
    Given that the old Greek word behind the English term "gospel" means "good news," you have to wonder whether the much-touted and recently published Gospel of Judas really qualifies as either. Assuming you didn't give up the media for Lent -- which, come think of it ... oh, never mind -- you could hardly have avoided this month's announcement about the latest addition to the religious history files. To make a long story short: The Gospel of Judas is part of an ancient manuscript that apparently was unearthed in the late 1970s in Egypt. After a lengthy trip through the...
  • Questions arise about scholars who collaborated in National Geographic’s Gospel of Judas

    04/24/2006 1:25:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 58 replies · 1,910+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | April 24, 2006
    Washington DC, Apr. 24, 2006 (CNA) - Questions have arisen about the group of scholars who collaborated with National Geographic in its recent T.V. special about the “discovery” and contents of the alleged Gospel of Judas, which attempts to portray Jesus’ betrayer in a positive light.   Elaine Pagels is a feminist who has written several books against the Catholic Church, such as “The Origin of Satan,” written with the initial help of her colleagues at the Hebrew University of Tel Aviv.  With the assistance of the openly pro-abortion MacArthur Foundation, she researched and wrote “Adam, Eve and the Serpent,”...
  • Return of the Cainites:“The Gospel of Judas” attempts to turn Christianity upside down

    04/21/2006 11:39:18 AM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 15 replies · 473+ views
    WORLD ^ | 4/29/06 | Gene Edward Veith
    The Gospel of Judas" is a long-lost bit of Gnostic apocrypha. Now that archeologists have found a copy, the media is abuzz with speculation that this ancient document will shed new light on or even change Christianity. According to "The Gospel of Judas," Jesus tells Judas to betray Him. This will enable Jesus' spirit to escape from its fleshly container. Jesus also is said to call Judas the only disciple who truly understands His message. Much of the rest of the "gospel" is just disembodied dialogue about "spirit" as opposed to matter, in sharp contrast to the historically detailed Gospels...
  • Story about old, old story an old story

    04/16/2006 8:35:09 PM PDT · by formercalifornian · 25 replies · 927+ views
    Aberdeen American News ^ | April 15, 2006 | Art Marmorstein
    Many years ago, a Christian friend excitedly shared with me a document collection he had found. The front cover proclaimed the collection to be "Historical Court Records Concerning JESUS the CHRIST, Found in the Libraries at Rome and Constantinople." And, sure enough, there they were: Caiphas' reports to the Sanhedrin on the execution and resurrection of Jesus, Pilate's report to Tiberius on Jesus' arrest, trial and crucifixion, Herod Antipas' letter to the Roman Senate justifying the execution of John the Baptist, and a series of letters from Rabbi Hillel describing his reaction to the preaching and teaching of Peter and...
  • Faith is not shaken by a Judas ‘gospel’

    04/15/2006 9:36:37 PM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 26 replies · 707+ views
    Lancaster Newspapers via Lancaster Online.com ^ | Apr 15, 2006 | Helen Colwell Adams
    LANCASTER COUNTY, PA - “The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” Matthew 26:24 The words of the four canonical Gospels, the words that call Judas Iscariot a betrayer of Jesus Christ and a tool of the devil, have been read this Easter weekend in millions of churches around the world. To hear the hype about another gospel, though, Judas got a bum rap. In the Gospel of Judas, released April 5...
  • Judas Saves;Why the lost gospel makes sense.

    04/15/2006 7:21:06 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 34 replies · 705+ views
    Slate ^ | April 13, 2006 | Christopher Hitchens
    I don't normally mind offending holy men, but I can remember feeling absolutely aghast at the injured look that spread across the fine features of the Coptic Archbishop of Eritrea as we sat in his quarters in Asmara in 1993. Was it true, I had asked him, that in the Coptic Christian tradition Judas was considered to be a saint? He jumped like a pea on a hot shovel and, when he had regained his composure, demanded to know how I could possibly have heard such a wicked rumor. Nothing more profane could be imagined than this perversion of the...
  • Archbishop attacks Da Vinci Code 'obsession' (Archbishop of Canterbury)

    04/15/2006 7:08:16 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 7 replies · 441+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 4/16/06 | Elizabeth Day
    The Archbishop of Canterbury today attacks society's obsession with books such as The Da Vinci Code which, he says, encourage people to believe that the Christian faith is a series of "conspiracies and cover ups". In a strongly worded Easter sermon being delivered in Canterbury Cathedral this morning, Dr Rowan Williams says that there is a tendency to treat Biblical texts "as if they were unconvincing press releases from some official source, whose intention is to conceal the real story". Fascination with "bringing secrets to light", he said, evoked All the President's Men, the 1976 film about the investigative journalists...
  • Judas 'gospel' is pure fiction

    04/15/2006 6:52:25 AM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 8 replies · 641+ views
    Judas 'gospel' is pure fiction Rev. Sam Luptak Jr. New Castle News, 4-12-06 Today, we remember the arrest, trial and crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ. While Christ went willingly to the cross as a sacrifice for the sins of all mankind, his arrest came as a result of one of the greatest betrayals in history. One of Jesus' disciples, a member of his inner circle, betrayed him with a kiss. For this action, Judas Iscariot was forever condemned as a traitor. For centuries, that has been the story that we have all known and accepted — until a few...
  • The So-Called ‘Gospel’ of Judas: Unmasking an Ancient Heresy

    04/13/2006 8:12:35 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 103 replies · 3,183+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | 4/12/2006 | Charles Colson
    Welcome to Holy Week, American style. Just as millions of Christians are preparing to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the media is once again out to debunk historical Christianity. Just last weekend I was in an airport bookstore and saw the new book counter filled with numerous editions of The Da Vinci Code. Then I picked up the New York Times, and there I was greeted with the headline on the front page that read, “In Ancient Document, Judas, Minus the Betrayal.” You probably have seen the hype, including a one-hour National Geographic TV spectacular: After seventeen hundred years, the...
  • 2nd-Century Dan Brown Strikes Again

    04/13/2006 7:42:11 AM PDT · by Mary Kochan · 2 replies · 195+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | April 13, 2006 | Mary Kochan
    Suppose I wrote down a story I made up in which George Washington has a series of conversations with some associate and secretly imparts to him a detailed exposition of Marxist political and economic theory. Now, suppose I hide this document and 200 years from now, one of my descendents finds it and turns it over to the National Geographic Society. Would a 23rd-century issue of National Geographic run an article touting "a long-lost document that gives us new insights into the political thought of George Washington and influences upon Karl Marx?"
  • The Judas Code

    04/10/2006 8:19:12 PM PDT · by GMMAC · 20 replies · 876+ views
    National Post - Canada ^ | Monday, April 10, 2006 | Father Raymond J. de Souza
    The Judas Code Father Raymond J. de Souza National Post Monday, April 10, 2006 In the year 4006, an enterprising team from Global Geographic announces that experts in late second-millennium languages and data retrieval have pieced together an authentic copy of the long-rumoured-to-exist Da Vinci Code. Religious experts say that the discovery challenges traditional Christian doctrine, as the widely circulated document shows that early-21st-century Christians believed that Jesus was not divine, had married Mary Magdalene, founded a royal dynasty, etc ... It is believed that early fourth-millennium Vatican officials suppressed the sacred text. That is more or less the...
  • From Traitor to Hero? Responding to ?The Gospel of Judas?

    04/10/2006 10:54:05 AM PDT · by Blogger · 29 replies · 609+ views
    http://www.crosswalk.com/news/weblogs/mohler/?adate=04/07/2006#1387259 ^ | Friday, April 7, 2006 | R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    From Traitor to Hero? Responding to ?The Gospel of Judas? Headlines around the world are announcing the publication of a "long lost" and "suppressed" ancient document, known as The Gospel of Judas. The National Geographic Society announced the publication at a major media event on Thursday, just in time to boost publicity for its Sunday night special on the National Geographic Channel. The announcement led to a frenzy of media coverage, ranging from responsible reports to outrageous sensationalism. According to some commentators, the publication of this new document will force a complete reformulation of Christianity and our understanding of both...
  • Story is not gospel (msm promotes ancient 'Judas' heresy as 'new' revelation)

    04/10/2006 10:46:35 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 12 replies · 515+ views
    Toronto Sun (Canada) ^ | Sunday, April 9, 2006 | FR. THOMAS ROSICA
    Story is not gospel Toronto Sun Sunday, Aprol 9, 2006 By FR. THOMAS ROSICA This past week, a third-century papyrus manuscript containing the long-lost “Gospel of Judas” was presented to the public in Washington, D.C. amid much media frenzy. This is certainly interesting for those who study Church history and ancient manuscripts. But it changes nothing about how the Catholic faith views the figure of Judas Iscariot. Let’s get the facts straight: This version of a Gnostic “gospel” appeared about 30 years ago on the Egyptian antiquities market. The text had last been heard of in 180 AD, when...
  • The "Gospel of Judas". An interview with Father Thomas Williams

    04/09/2006 5:51:20 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 6 replies · 243+ views
    ROME, APRIL 5, 2006 (Zenit.org).- The National Geographic Society has announced its intentions to publish an English translation of an ancient text called "The Gospel of Judas" later this month. The 31-page manuscript, written in Coptic, purportedly surfaced in Geneva in 1983 and has only been translated now. ZENIT asked Legionary Father Thomas D. Williams, dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university in Rome, to comment on the relevance of the discovery. Q: What is the "Gospel of Judas"? Father Williams: Though the manuscript still must be authenticated, it likely represents a fourth- or fifth-century text, and is a...
  • The Gospel of Judas is not revolutionary

    04/09/2006 3:45:01 PM PDT · by jude24 · 69 replies · 884+ views
    The Apostolic Fathers ^ | 130-202 AD | Irenaeus
    1. Others again declare that Cain derived his being from the Power above, and acknowledge that Esau, Korah, the Sodomites, and all such persons, are related to themselves. On this account, they add, they have been assailed by the Creator, yet no one of them has suffered injury. For Sophia was in the habit of carrying off that which belonged to her from them to herself. They declare that Judas the traitor was thoroughly acquainted with these things, and that he alone, knowing the truth as no others did, accomplished the mystery of the betrayal; by him all things, both...
  • The Gospel Of Judas

    04/08/2006 9:28:32 AM PDT · by Merciful_Friend · 16 replies · 454+ views
    RightWingBob.com ^ | 04/07/2006 | RWB
    The Gospel Of JudasIn a many dark hour I've been thinkin' about this That Jesus Christ Was betrayed by a kiss But I can't think for you You'll have to decide Whether Judas Iscariot Had God on his side.
  • News Hypes Judas "Gospel"

    04/08/2006 12:33:37 AM PDT · by Dallasblog.com · 4 replies · 1,136+ views
    DallasBlog.com ^ | 04/07/2006 | Tom Pauken
    It seems like every year right before Easter the mainstream media highlights a major "new discovery" which discredits the central Christian beliefs about the betrayal, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. One year it was an ostensible Christian theologian proclaiming "the death of God" In other years it has been academics "proving" that Christ was only a man and/or that the Resurrection never happened. Of course, this is the year of the "gnostic gospels". The best-selling novel, The DaVinci Code, is about to be made into a movie. The novel seeks to make the case that Christ didn’t die on...
  • Pseudogospels and Hype

    04/07/2006 5:15:00 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 5 replies · 304+ views
    Wannabe/Newbie Anglican ^ | 4/07/2005 | Mark Marshall
    Well what do you know. Another pseudogospel, namely the Gospel of Judas, has been dug up from the ancient circular file and is now being flogged by tendentious media hype. Look, I find noncanonical writings interesting. Heck, I own the two volume Old Testament Pseudepigrapha by Dr. James Charlesworth (a prof of mine during my Duke days, by the way) . . . and I’ve actually read some of it! And such writings give interesting insight into the religious isms and spasms of their day. But to flog the Gospel of Judas and such as undermining the validity and historicity...
  • The Judas We Never Knew

    04/07/2006 3:56:27 PM PDT · by rhema · 161 replies · 2,946+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 04/06/2006 | Collin Hansen
    The Gospel of Judas debuted Thursday in Washington, D.C. What's the Gospel of Judas, you ask? Well, it's not a gospel. And it's not written by Judas. But it's still important, if not the most important nonbiblical text discovered during the last 60 years, as a National Geographic Society executive told The New York Times. The text, a copy of the document written during the second century, reveals some big news. Turns out Judas wasn't the renegade disciple who betrayed Jesus and committed suicide after remorse overwhelmed him. No, this Judas was just doing what Jesus told him to do....
  • 'Gospel of Judas' Called An Authentic Fabrication

    04/07/2006 6:38:55 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 151 replies · 5,871+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | April 7, 2006 | BRUCE CHILTON
    The National Geographic Society released the manuscript of what is called "The Gospel of Judas" yesterday. By National Geographic's own account, a team first assembled by the Maecenas Foundation has been working on the text since 2001. As a result of press releases tied to publication of the text, widespread coverage has repeated the claim that this is an authentic and unique representation of the historical relationship between Jesus and Judas, and that Jesus encouraged Judas to betray him. Despite the careful work by scholars that has gone into a document of obvious interest, I have to express disappointment when...
  • 'Gospel of Judas' gives new view of Jesus' betrayer

    04/06/2006 7:11:35 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 52 replies · 1,157+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/6/06 | Deborah Zabarenko
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Judas Iscariot, vilified as Christ's betrayer, acted at Jesus' request in turning him over to the authorities who crucified him, according to a 1,700-year-old copy of the "Gospel of Judas" unveiled on Thursday. In an alternative view to traditional Christian teaching, the Judas gospel shows the reviled disciple as the only one in Jesus' inner circle who understood his desire to shed his earthly body. "He's the good guy in this portrayal," said Bart Ehrman, a religion professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "He's the only apostle who understands Jesus." The Judas gospel's...
  • Expert Doubts 'Gospel of Judas' Revelation

    03/02/2006 4:37:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 608+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/2/06 | Richard N. Ostling - AP
    NEW YORK - An expert on ancient Egyptian texts is predicting that the "Gospel of Judas" — a manuscript from early Christian times that's nearing release amid widespread interest from scholars — will be a dud in terms of learning anything new about Judas. James M. Robinson, America's leading expert on such ancient religious texts from Egypt, predicts in a new book that the text won't offer any insights into the disciple who betrayed Jesus. His reason: While it's old, it's not old enough. "Does it go back to Judas? No," Robinson told The Associated Press on Thursday. The text,...
  • Judas the Misunderstood

    01/12/2006 6:32:30 AM PST · by NYer · 46 replies · 731+ views
    Times Online ^ | January 12, 2005 | Richard Owen
    JUDAS ISCARIOT, the disciple who betrayed Jesus with a kiss, is to be given a makeover by Vatican scholars. The proposed “rehabilitation” of the man who was paid 30 pieces of silver to identify Jesus to Roman soldiers in the Garden of Gethsemane, comes on the ground that he was not deliberately evil, but was just “fulfilling his part in God’s plan”. Christians have traditionally blamed Judas for aiding and abetting the Crucifixion, and his name is synonymous with treachery. According to St Luke, Judas was “possessed by Satan”. Now, a campaign led by Monsignor Walter Brandmuller, head of the...
  • Long-lost Gospel of Judas to be published

    12/19/2005 7:19:55 AM PST · by laney · 254 replies · 2,826+ views
    Religion News ^ | Dec 19th, 2005
    The heresy-fighting bishop Irenaeus of Lyon, France, mentioned the Gospel of Judas about 180 AD, linking the writing to a Gnostic sect. Some two centuries later, Epiphanius, bishop of Cyprus, criticized the Gospel of Judas for treating the betrayer of Jesus as commendable, one who "performed a good work for our salvation." Until recent years, no copy of the text was generally known to exist. It was not among, for instance, the 46 different apocryphal texts of the Nag Hammadi Library discovered 60 years ago this month in Egypt. Other fragmentary texts, such as the Gospel of Mary, were discovered...
  • Gospel of Judas back in spotlight after 20 centuries

    04/04/2005 10:11:49 AM PDT · by robowombat · 192 replies · 3,666+ views
    Middle East Online ^ | 2005-03-30 | Patrick Baert
    2005-03-30 Gospel of Judas back in spotlight after 20 centuries Swiss foundation seeks to shed light on controversial Christian text named after apostle said to have betrayed Jesus. By Patrick Baert - GENEVA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- About 2,000 years after the Gospel according to Judas sowed discord among early Christians, a Swiss foundation says it is translating for the first time the controversial text named after the apostle said to have betrayed Jesus Christ. The 62-page papyrus manuscript of the text was uncovered in Egypt during the 1950s or 1960s, but its owners did not fully comprehend its significance until recently, according...
  • The 'Gospel of Judas' [Rebuttal To Now Playing on CNN]

    03/15/2015 9:42:26 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 35 replies
    Catholic.org ^ | April 6, 2006
    The 'Gospel of Judas' 4/6/2006 Interview With Father Thomas Williams, Theology Dean ROME, APRIL 6, 2006 (Zenit) - The National Geographic Society has announced its intentions to publish an English translation of an ancient text called "The Gospel of Judas" later this month. The 31-page manuscript, written in Coptic, purportedly surfaced in Geneva in 1983 and has only been translated now. We asked Legionary Father Thomas D. Williams, dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university in Rome, to comment on the relevance of the discovery. Q: What is the "Gospel of Judas"? Father Williams: Though the manuscript still must...
  • Thanks for the memories, but it's time for Christians to unite not fight

    03/03/2015 12:32:27 PM PST · by two134711 · 1,125 replies
    self | 3/2/2015 | two134711
    Thank you Free Republic for allowing me to post and vent on this site for over ten years. I am a young, married conservative woman who is trying to raise her daughter to be a fine, upstanding lady, an educated woman and a worthy wife to a decent man. Despite the stupidity of my generation (I am on the cusp of GenX and GenY) there is hope. Many young people are more prolife than ever. And at last, many others are beginning to open their eyes to the lies of socialism. However recent events on this site like witnessing the...
  • Bishop Athanasius Schneider: Battling the New Gnosticism (Catholic Caucus)

    02/11/2015 2:27:54 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | February 11, 2015 | BISHOP ATHANASIUS SCHNEIDER
    (Bishop Schneider. Image Courtesy of Diane Korzeniewski) Editor’s Note: Following his strongly-worded interview with Polonia Christiana in the wake of the first part of the Extraordinary Synod on Marriage and Family, we reached out to Bishop Athanasius Schneider to seek his guidance on concrete actions Catholics can take during this time of turmoil within the Church. We specifically requested his advice on what the faithful could do to resist heterodoxy and address the errors (or at least obfuscations) that seem to be issuing forth from some of the highest prelates in the Church. Though his counsel is brief, it is deeply...
  • Living on the Dark Side of the Cartesian Divide, A Reflection on the Gnosticism of our Times

    01/08/2015 7:13:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 50 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-07-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Living on the Dark Side of the Cartesian Divide – A Reflection on the Gnosticism of our Times By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere is a line in the first letter of John, read this week at Mass, that is of critical importance to many difficulties we see today with heresy, unbelief, and moral decay. The line says:Beloved, do not trust every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they belong to God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can know the Spirit of God: every spirit that acknowledges Jesus Christ come in...
  • Time to face facts: Pope Francis agrees with the doctrinal assessment of LCWR (Fishwrap)

    05/14/2014 4:13:34 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 2 replies
    National Catholic Reporter (Fishwrap) ^ | May 13, 2014 | Jamie Manson
    On May 9, 2013, I wrote the following headline: "For LCWR, the more the papacy changes, the more it stays the same." One year later, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, sadly, has confirmed my suspicions. I wrote the headline after the head of the doctrinal congregation, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, announced that the newly elected pope had affirmed the findings of the doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. At that point, Francis' papacy had barely hit the two-month mark. Many saw hopeful signs that the Vatican would soon undergo substantive changes and that the whole...
  • Sympathy For The Devil

    04/01/2014 10:08:06 AM PDT · by My hearts in London - Everett · 9 replies
    Dr. Brian Mattson :The Website: ^ | March 31, 2014 | Dr. Brian Mattson
    In Darren Aronofsky’s new star-gilt silver screen epic, Noah, Adam and Eve are luminescent and fleshless, right up until the moment they eat the forbidden fruit. Such a notion isn’t found in the Bible, of course. This, among the multitude of Aronofsky’s other imaginative details like giant Lava Monsters, has caused many a reviewer’s head to be scratched. Conservative-minded evangelicals write off the film because of the “liberties” taken with the text of Genesis, while a more liberal-minded group stands in favor of cutting the director some slack. After all, we shouldn’t expect a professed atheist to have the same...
  • ‘Son Of God’ Veers Toward Gnostic Heresy

    03/12/2014 3:25:50 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 26 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 10, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Full Title: ‘Son Of God’ Veers Toward Gnostic Heresy. The film gives oxygen to a claim early church leaders denounced as historically and theologically false. ________________________________________________ To judge from the controversy sparked by early screenings of Russell Crowe’s Noah, Hollywood directors walk on thin ice when they start tinkering with the details of the Bible for the sake of a movie. Son of God, a movie about the life of Jesus Christ, has met with a better reception from Christians in part because producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey worked assiduously to enlist the support of religious leaders and denominations...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Gnosticism

    10/28/2012 6:50:02 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Gnosticism 1245. What was Gnosticism? Gnosticism arose in the second century, being a blend of Greek philosophy and pagan mythology with Christian doctrine. It split up into many independent heresies such as Marcionism and Montanism, and lingered on until about the seventh century. The history of most of these heresies is much the same. Protected by civil authority in many cases, each became fairly widespread, or even very widespread; then split up into warring sections, and eventually died out, or lingered on in a state of stagnation. Encoding copyright 2009 by Frederick Manligas Nacino. Some rights reserved. Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No...
  • Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection

    09/09/2012 8:00:06 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 105 replies
    This work was originally published in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol. 27, No. 3, Fall 1994, pp. 117-194. The paper received considerable notice, and in 1995 the Mormon History Association recognized Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection with its annual award for the best article in Mormon studies. [snip] The one thing about which we might all agree concerning Joseph Smith is that he was not the usual sort of person. He did not approach life itself--or his religious commitment--in a usual way. Yet the character of our historical investigation of Joseph Smith and his times has...
  • Why Premillennialism Mattered in the Early Church’s Battle against Gnosticism

    06/15/2012 2:12:00 PM PDT · by wmfights · 14 replies
    Theological Studies ^ | Michael J. Vlach, Ph.D.
    Discussions about eschatology and millennial views are sometimes dogged by questions about their importance and practical relevance.1 Yet early church history shows that belief in a particular millennial view, in this case premillennialism, was no small thing. In fact, it was a major weapon in the early church’s battle against the greatest enemy to Christianity of that era— Gnosticism. Donald Fairbairn argues this point in his article, “Contemporary Millennial/Tribulational Debates.”2 Fairbairn is a professor of historical theology at Erskine Theological Seminary and earned his doctorate in patristics from the University of Cambridge. I would like to summarize some of Fairbairn’s...
  • 'Gospel of Barnabas' Will Trigger Collapse of Christianity, Claims Iran

    05/25/2012 2:29:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/25/2012 | By Ivana Kvesic
    The worldwide collapse of Christianity is set to take place due to a purported Gospel of Barnabas, claims an Iranian newspaper. But Christians have dismissed the claims, describing them as "laughable." The text was discovered 12 years ago in an anti-smuggling sting in Turkey, and Iranian news outlet Basij claims it says Jesus was never crucified and that he was not the Son of God. The paper also argues that in the text Jesus himself predicts the coming of Muhammad. The text was written in Syriac on animal hide, and Basij argues that it was written in the 5th or...
  • Iran: Discovery will collapse Christianity

    05/25/2012 9:35:23 AM PDT · by null and void · 54 replies
    WND ^ | 5/21/12 | Reza Kahlili
    Iran’s Basij Press is claiming a purported Gospel of Barnabas, discovered in 2000, will prove that Islam is the final and righteous religion, causing the collapse worldwide of Christianity. In the Barnabas text held by Turkey, chapter 41 states: “God has hidden himself as Archangel Michael ran them (Adam and Eve) out of heaven, (and) when Adam turned, he noticed that at top of the gateway to heaven, it was written ‘La elah ela Allah, Mohamad rasool Allah,’” meaning Allah is the only God and Muhammad his prophet. According to the Barnabas Gospel in Turkey’s hands, Jesus was never crucified,...
  • End Time: How Christians Lose

    02/03/2011 11:38:35 PM PST · by RJR_fan · 198 replies
    youtube ^ | Feb. 3, 2011 | "Molotov" Mitchell
    Molotov Mitchell hits another one out of the ballpark! Click HERE.