[gthomas] IS THE GOSPEL OF THOMAS GNOSTIC?
- I too suspect along with James Bean that the Church categorized Thomas and
other texts as Gnostic to get rid of them. It does look like the Thomas
sayings we have are truncated in an attempt to make them esoteric, obscure
in meaning, and difficult to understand if you do not have an inner circle
interpreter. However, I wonder if the Thomas sayings were abbreviated simply
because they were first remembered as oral sayings and so the memory process
shortens things. So here Gnostic can mean esoteric or hidden knowledge which
takes a special consciousness to understand. You have to be initiated into
the hidden teachings, the comic system so to speak before you can understand
obscure Gnostic texts, and even then you may only be interpreting them based
on your own symbol system. Gnostic can also mean spiritual realms rather
than worldly arena. The dominant early Christian view seemed to go towards
outer practice in community, as with having churches and collective rituals
as the visible embodiment of the religious identity and feeling. Gnostic in
contrast would mean developing the heavenly realms of both inner mysticism
and shared visionary experiences.
But when I work with the Thomas material in personal practice I come up with
Jesus here as a spiritual realist. Close analysis of Jesus in his teaching
encounters in Thomas shows Jesus dealing with all sorts of life situations,
not by going into mystical realms but by becoming realistic in a practical
There is no road to the unconscious. The unconscious is the road.
There is no road to dreams. Dreams are the way.
There is no road to consciousness. Consciousness is the path.
> There is no road to happiness. Happiness is the road.Strephon Kaplan-Williams
> There is no road to meditation. Meditation is the road.
> There is no road anywhere. Here is the road.
> Wayne Dyer/Shanti
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