Pat and I have both been too busy working on the new issue of Parma Eldalamberon to write blog posts, so I’m just going to put up some links to some good reading to tide this blog over.
First, a cogent and adult view of the reasons we’ll almost certainly be going to war with Iran soon:
“Has Ahmadinejad Miscalculated?” by Victor Davis Hanson
Second, some clear-eyed evaluations of the so-called “Gospel” of Judas (which I’ve read, BTW, and hope to comment on myself later — suffice to say for now that it is entirely of a piece with the Nag Hammadi texts, and just like those texts 1) fascinating and invaluable for the history of Gnosticism, and b) entirely worthless as evidence for early Christianity, save for what little can be deduced from its polemic against an already established Catholic Church — which of course the leftist media adores and accepts uncritically.
“The Gospel of Judas” by Jimmy Akin
“More on the Gospel of Judas” by Jimmy Akin
Oh, and the best book I’ve read on Gnosticism is The Gnostic Religion by Hans Jonas. Do not trust anything that Elaine Pagels or Bart Ehrman say on the matter without checking it against Jonas’s explication of Gnosticism and the texts themselves: they are both essentially leftist controversialists who have aligned themselves with the polemical nature of the Gnostic texts to denounce Christian orthodoxy — which in their mouths is always a pejorative — and (oh so selectively) present so-called Gnostic Christianity as coeval and equally “valid” forms of Christianity (i.e., equally grounded in the life and teachings of Christ).
Discuss amongst yourselves.