- Deputies: Man, woman tried to arrange killing of his estranged wife (5/21/17)1
- Former coroner convicted of felony theft now faces prison in misdemeanor case (5/23/17)2
- Cape police say man assaulted, kidnapped girlfriend (5/21/17)2
- Woman may lose foot after being hit by moped (5/24/17)
- Mississippi County sheriff fights efforts in court to remove him from office (5/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Woman, sister-in-law buy Perryville custom-wear shop (5/22/17)
- Cape man accused of shooting a woman in Jackson (5/21/17)
- Police apprehend Charleston man they say hit Cape woman with car (5/24/17)
- Illinois Trail of Tears site where Cherokee buried named to National Historic Register (5/24/17)
- Broadening horizons: Heartland Dream Team founder stays committed to area youth (5/21/17)2
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