- One generally accepted historical fact about GThomas is that it died out.
We might want to think about why that was. The easy answer is that it was
labelled heretical. Or that it was pigeon-holed as non-canonical. Or that
there were church leaders who ran roughshod on those who respected it.
Mainstream Christianity, however, suffered lots of persecutions and
survived. Why didn't GThomas gain enough steam to survive except on paper?
One of my recurring thoughts on this is that there is not quite enough
there to provide a living religion, i.e., something one would want to live
by. Yes, there is an atmanistic theme, but it doesn't quite light the
bonfires. 4G did.
Could this be because the author(s) [or transcribers] felt a need to be
obscure? Or was it because the author(s) didn't fully grasp their subject
Or maybe the desert got to it? Both Jesus and Socrates seemed to thrive in
cities and towns. Perhaps the seeds of Thomas fell on soil that was too dry .
Undoubtedly, I am simplifying. But during the last few months this site
has been kind of desert-ed. Would anyone care to light a bonfire?