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March 24, 2018

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

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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."

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"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"

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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)

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Toast: $850.

[via Vogue UK]

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

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