Gospel of Judas: Gnostic remix
Conrad Gempf, who has a fine way with words, has a good post (which gospel is radical
?) for anyone (other than historical theologians or biblical scholars) who is interested in the Gospel of Judas brouhaha. I'll quote one short paragraph to give you a flavour. He's arguing that we need to recognise that at the time it was the Christians (like Irenaus who discusses the Gospel of Judas
) who were the radicals and the Gnostics (who wrote the Gospel of Judas) who were the Conservatives. Here's how Conrad puts it:
To us, Gnosticism looks radical and mystical. Look again. They're not Beards running Linux, they're just Suits shoe-horning css into FrontPage. Gnostics are ancient intellectual elitists for whom the real gospel was too radical.
There's also a nice line about secret handshakes... well worth a read!