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.
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.
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,