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Published: Saturday, March 23 2013 9:48 a.m. MDT

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donn
layton, UT

Hal Taussig,also published a book on goddess worship in 1989 that contains prayers to a deity named Sophia and litur­gies for a communion service — including an endorsement of witchcraft and New Age practices.
He is not Orthodox,

eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT

Actually, it's the SECOND (attempted) revision of the canon of scripture...about 184 years after the first one from a place called Palmyra, NY. Although this one comes from sources much less sure, I'm happy to see someone opening the door. The big question is whether this helps us understand the real Jesus as Son of God or merely widens the door to accept mystical and humanistic versions of the Savior.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

The canon of scripture we know today as the New Testament is an arbitrary anthology of ancient Christian texts done under the auspices of the church in the fourth and fifth centuries. It was a good editing job with respect to choosing the more reputable and historically reliable texts. But theological selectivity limits the volume as a comprehensive selection that is not fairly representative of the diversity of Christianity in the early centuries.

Dissenting views fell casualty to the drive to forge a church that was "one, holy, catholic, and apostolic." But we do at least owe a debt to the church for preserving what knowledge we had until recently of the dissenting views that came to be labeled heresies.

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