Gnostic Gospels

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Date(s) - 02/21/2018 - 03/14/2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

First Unitarian Portland Buchan Building


Gnostic Gospels The discovery in 1945 in Naghamadi Egypt of the so called Gnostics Gospels is considered by many as one of the most important developments in Christian theology in centuries. Written in Coptic and dating from the 2nd century C.E., these writings let us hear directly from long silenced voices that offer very different views on Christ, salvation and the nature and origins of this world. This class will explore how the early Church settled on the official canon that we know today as the Bible and what some of these competing voices had to say that challenged that canon. The class will use Elaine Pagel’s Gnostic Gospels as a discussion guide as well as handouts of some of the Gnostic writing including the Gospel of Thomas, Dialogue of the Savior, The Gospel of Mary Magdelene, and the The Secret Gospel of John.

Facilitator: Ron Hall has taught World Religions for First Unitarian Portland and Portland State University. Ron is a member of the Adult Programs committee.

Details: Four Wednesdays: Feb: 21, 28, Mar. 7, and 14 7 – 9 p.m. Fee: $20

Reference #: C4WS18

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