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If you want to know the truth, read the Gnostic gospels – you’ll then understand why the Christian church repressed them for 1,700 years.

The primary collection of such texts stems from what is called the Nag Hammadi library, found in Nag Hammadi Egypt in 1945.  Though the contemporary media likes to make hay as a result of finds such as these, scholars (by and large) agree in relegating the gnostic gospels to the 2nd century.  The theology of such texts denigrates the body and elevates the spiritual.  As such, they  run quite counter to the canonical gospels which often take pains to emphasize the real human character of both Christ’s life and his resurrection.  Ultimately, if the canonical texts are legitimate, the Gnostic texts cannot be.