This is just a quick note concerning ideas I may want to develop further if people on the group are interested. It concerns Nietzsche's _The Birth of Tragedy_ where he argues that there are two forms of consciousness, the Apollonian and Dionysian. Apollo, the sun god, was god of dreams and the gods revealed themselves to man in a dream. On the other hand, Dionysus was god of drink. Intoxication destroys the "principium individuationis", or sense of self, an idea he derived from Schopenhauer.
What does all this have to do with Thomas? It seems to me that the Jesus of the 4G was Apollonian while the Jesus of Thomas, being anomian or antinomian, is Dionysian. If this can be shown to be true then it may be due to the Thomas Jesus being closer to the historical Jesus than the 4G, which were full of accretions from what I call "the mythical Jesus".
I haven't been able to find my copy of the book so I've been trying to run searches on the web. I keep turning up one which is fairly brief and delineates the two modes of consciousness quite well but goes on to some very bad brain science in which the duality is projected on the two brain hemispheres.
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