|Originally posted by MoonyMama
[B]I'm sure there has been a thread on this before, but I just got done reading this book and was wondering what everyone else thought about it.
Yes, there have been threads on Da Vinci Code in Books/Media. Do a search.
We also have a thread on the question, "Was Jesus married?"
|They claim that all the religious things in the book were researched and supposed to be accurate
How accurate can one be when researching 1700-1900 yr old, heavily redacted, edited and censored texts? Also take into consideration, these texts are multi-layered and can be read esoterically or exoterically.
Noe of them were written by eye-witnesses. They were written by "apostles" who had visions and were excited about their idea of new good news. The 4 gospels and Acts are historical fiction. Paul never met Jesus and never mentions that any of the other apsstles he comes inot contact with ever did either. He says the Christ was "seen" but he does not mean, in the flesh.
|it seems like Christianity isn't about Jesus anymore, (hasn't been for, what? 1,700 years?) it's just about the "power of the church" and male domination.
Well, it's not "just" abut that, as capmom said, but that definitely enters into it. Politics and power was and is a huge part of it.
|The Gospels of Thomas are beautiful, what I've read of them anyway, and they are supposedly the words that Jesus actually spoke (anyone correct me if I'm wrong please)
There are 3 school of thought in Biblical scholarship, on who Jesus was/is:
conservative: supernatural (name your fundamentalist)
liberal: historical (ie: Pagels, Starbird, Brown)
radical: mythological (Freke and Gandy, Robert Price, St Paul [in his letters, not in the spurious Acts of the Apostles], gnosticism, docetism)
The Gospel of Thomas sounds Buddhist.