09 February 2007

Non-Canonical Gospels

Whatever one thinks about the non-canonical gospels, it seems clear (to me at least) that they weren't written by the individuals that are claimed to be their authors (since the works were written in the second and third centuries CE). I believe it has also been demonstrated that Christians in the second and third centuries were actually creating out whole cloth stories about Christ (IMHO, this isn't an issue of dishonesty necessarily - that is, people had a different worldview at the time and they probably interpreted dreams and such in ways that would seem odd to us today). In light of this, why shouldn't we assume similar things were going on regarding the canonical gospels?

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