- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Eldorado Resorts to buy Isle of Capri Casinos (9/20/16)7
- Community helps Jackson family with two cases of muscular dystrophy (9/19/16)
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)7
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Man convicted of Perryville convenience-store heist (9/21/16)
Ancient texts offer much for discussion
To the editor:
While I am sympathetic with John Rice's views on Darbyism, I must take issue with his perpetuating Dan Brown's misrepresentation of the Gospel of Philip. Brown's claim that "companion" means wife in Aramaic is erroneous but irrelevant since the gospel is a Coptic translation of a Greek text. Jesus kisses Mary, but the text does not say where. Philip considers kissing a spiritual means of conception rather than the physical means which it rejects as worldly and thus everyone kisses everyone (58-59). If the love between Jesus and Mary Magdalene was marital love, does not the disciples' question "Why do you love her more than all of us?" (64) become absurd? Peter is jealous of Mary in the Gospel of Mary because she has "gnosis," knowledge, from Jesus that he does not have. Let us not forget Peter's attack on Mary at the close of the Gospel of Thomas where Jesus says he will lead her to become a male so "she too may become a living spirit resembling you males (114)." Physical experience was rejected as evil by the Gnostic perspectives as clearly taught in the newly found Gospel of Judas. Dan Brown does not only violate the teachings of orthodox Christianity, he also does violence to the teachings of the Gnostic perspectives to which he appeals.
Anyone interested in discussing these issues is welcome to join the conversation at Christ Episcopal Church at 7 p.m. May 25.
KERRY H. WYNN, Cape Girardeau