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March 24, 2018

"Disturbing and at the same time gratifying" — Harold Bloom on St. Thomas


Bloom has long admired the Gospel of Thomas.

He said, "Setting aside the New Age nonsense, the Gospel of Thomas has the dignity, power, and persuasiveness of a ritual text. Each time I've finished reading it I find him irresistible, this Jesus."

Bill Broadway, formerly an excellent religion writer for the Washington Post, wrote in a story about Thomas that he is arguably the most popular chronicler of Jesus outside organized Christianity.

Broadway wrote, "Discovered more than half a century ago at Nag Hammadi, Egypt, the Gospel of Thomas is a listing of 114 purported sayings of Jesus that emphasize the divinity within each person. This and a lack of references to the Crucifixion, Resurrection, and salvation through Jesus as Christ make for a kind of feel-good spirituality that appeals to Christians and non-Christians alike."


"Dozens of Thomas titles are available in bookstores and via the Internet, and the mix of scholarly and popular offerings continues. Elaine Pagels, whose 'Gnostic Gospels' introduced Thomas to non-academics 25 years ago, boosted his popularity with 'Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas,' intended to appeal to Christians who no longer accept the church's traditional teachings."

March 24, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"The Age of Adaline"


I loved this 2015 movie, which I'd never even heard of until some Genius search on Apple TV uncovered it.

It involves time travel, but not in the usual sci-fi fashion.

If you like Blake Lively, you'll love this film, 'cause she's onscreen about 90% of the time either as Adaline or a pseudonym.

March 24, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Balenciaga Crocs






Toast: $850.

[via Vogue UK]

March 24, 2018 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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