XVI. Return to Jerusalem  [From The Acts of Mary as translated by C.T. Edwards, A. Healy, L. Moresco, and S. Wise. The committee did not have this manuscript at the time of the events recounted herein, but we believe it and some others later made available should be included here to make the history clearer.]  I.  After Joshua had ascended to his Father, we returned from Galilee to Jerusalem. As we entered the city, we remembered how he had ridden… Read more

XV. The Work Continues, 4   As the caterpillar chooses the fairest leaves to lay her eggs on, so the priest lays his curse on the fairest joys. William Blake “Seamus, what can you tell us about this Gaelic gospel?” I asked. “It is a translation of a gospel originally composed in Greek,” Seamus replied. “I’m not as familiar with all the Gnostic writings as some of you, but the story told here goes back to the era of Jesus,… Read more

XIV. Awakening [From The Gospel According to Mary, as translated by C.T. Edwards, A. Healy, L. Moresco, and S. Wise] As I stood praying, I heard a voice say, “Mary.” I looked up and saw an angel, blazing with light. But then I recognized him. I cried out “Rabbouni!” and fainted at his feet. He reached down with his right hand and raised me up, saying, “Do not be afraid, my beloved. I have awakened from among those who sleep…. Read more

As Scott Peck argued, evil is a mental illness. It could conceivably be cured and eradicated. And that should be a goal of any and all genuine religions. Read more

XIII. The Work Continues, 3 Andy spoke up. “What you’re saying, Alan, is that even the most fundamental Christian beliefs have been corrupted by Aphrodiphobia.” Everyone looked at her in surprise. I hesitated, then said, “I’m sorry, Andrea. The what?” “Aphrodiphobia. It’s a term I coined. Of course you haven’t heard it.” “Fear of Aphrodite?” Les asked cautiously. “No, fear of sex,” Andy replied. “Are you all familiar with the work of Wilhelm Reich?” Megan looked appraisingly around the room…. Read more

I had been assuming that, if I were not in circle, the Gods would not bother me—but I could no longer assume that. The Goddess was and is just as effective as any other aspect of divinity for keeping me sober, as long as I am always aware of Her presence. Read more

XII. Dinner [From The Gospel According to Mary, as translated by C.T. Edwards, A. Healy, L. Moresco, and S. Wise] One evening we were invited to dinner by Salome, who had known Joshua for many years, but had not seen him since his baptism by John. During the dinner, she turned to him and said, “Sir, who are you now? You have climbed into my bed and eaten from my table, but now you act as if you are someone… Read more

Megan asked, “Don’t most people believe he could be the Messiah only because he was untainted by sexuality, because of the Virgin Birth?” “I’m afraid they do believe that,“ Alan said, “but that’s bad theology. To equate sex with sin, to believe that sex is inherently sinful, is not Christianity; it’s Manichaeism.” Read more

In Periclean Athens, about 10 percent of the men were strictly gay, as now. Another 10 percent (more or less) were strictly heterosexual. But the other 80 percent were bisexual. Read more

X. Wedding [From The Gospel According to Mary, as translated by C.T. Edwards, A. Healy, L. Moresco, and S. Wise] Our Rabbi loved my family in Bethany, my brother Lazarus, my sister Martha, and myself. It happened that Lazarus became extremely ill, and Martha and I sent word to Joshua about our brother’s illness. When Joshua came to Bethany, one of his students came to me secretly and said, “The Rabbi has come and calls for you.” I arose quickly… Read more

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