Dancing on the Head of a Pin

There is a legend of St Thomas Aquinas asking "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" At this blog we ask all questions dealing with our faith and spirituality. Some are down to earth, rubber meets the road questions, while others are more lofty...like, how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

Monday, February 20, 2006

The Gospel According to Judas

In a recent beliefnet.com story, a 4th or 5th century Coptic manuscript containing the gnostic gospel of Judas will be published around Easter. This gospel claims to offer some redemption for Judas, the man who betrayed Jesus by handing him over to the authorities. While gnosticism has been declared heresy a long time ago (gnostic comes from the Greek "gnosis" (know-sis) which means knowledge, as in secret knowledge) and the redemption of Judas was condemned by Irenaeus (see article), many have mentioned the sympathetic role of Judas. Was Judas a self-serving weasel who betrayed the Son of God or was Judas fulfilling God's plan for him. After all, if Judas didn't turn him over, would Christ have been arrested and subsequently punished by death on a cross? It's an interesting question that ultimately comes down to free will and predestination. If Judas had no choice, but was carrying out God's plan, then would not some sympathy be appropriate? But if Judas had free will, is his plight so sympathetic?
What about free will in our lives? Do we pick and choose what is free will and what is all in God's plan? Are the two mutually exclusive?


Blogger Thomas said...

I would really love to find out what the meaning is behind that unusual mitre.

11:24 PM  

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