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A political commentary on which gospel?
on 9 November 2013
This is an excellent exposition of Tolstoyan Chritianity and non- violence, but I was surprised to find the exploration of the gospel only extends to the Canonical, i.e. the scriptures the orthodox church foisted on its 'followers' as a mechanism of social and political control in the Middle Ages. There is no reference to the Nag Hammadi find, the contents of which have been available to scholars and the general public since the 1970's. This is a shame, because exploration of the Nag Hammadi scriptures (or even only the Gospel of Thomas) would yield a fascinating insight into early Christian Gnostic practice, which in my opinion is essentially anarchistic in nature (for example, the Thomasonian saying "The Kingdom is within you" is a gnostic call to eschew intercessors, bishops, priests and overseers, and find God within yourself). Otherwise, well worth a read.