Friday, January 18, 2008

Response (3) to Marvin Meyer: The Thirteenth Daimon

3. This text is not good news about Judas, just as the gospel of Matthew in not good news about Matthew. It is good news about Jesus from the perspective of the Sethian Gnostic Christians – that they are the holy generation taught by Jesus and possessors of his secrets. Because of this, they are saved. The rest of Christians are ignorant and worship Ialdabaoth. Because of this, they remain under the influence of Fate, and probably will be destroyed along with the cosmos. Because of the fragmentary nature of the gospel, it is uncertain whether or not this situation is predestined.

1 comment:

Erlend said...

I was a bit struck by Dr Meyer's comments on gospel. Hasn't Graham Stanton in 'Jesus and Gospel' 2002 established the later use of gospel diverted primarily from meaning good news to a more technical term for a purported authoritative writing on Jesus/Christianity?