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Apocrypha Now! On the Myth of the Lost Gospels

By Mike Aquilina ( bio - articles - email ) | May 04, 2022 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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Why is it big news when someone claims to find a fragment of a lost “gospel”? Why do people say that these ancient apocrypha threaten to overturn everything Christians believe? In the second century, some of these pseudonymous books appeared and quickly landed in the remainder bin, called into question by giants such as Irenaeus and Tertullian. They’re news today because of a modern myth, crafted by one of the renowned literary critics of the 20th century—and sustained by ivy-league celebrities.

Paul Mankowski, S.J., “The Pagels Imposture,” Catholic Culture https://www.catholicculture.org/news/features/index.cfm?recnum=43736

Amy Weiss-Meyer, “What Ever Happened to the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife?” The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/08/ariel-sabar-what-happened-to-the-gospel-of-jesus-wife/615160/

Mike Aquilina’s website https://fathersofthechurch.com

Mike Aquilina’s books https://catholicbooksdirect.com/writer/mike-aquilina/

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Mike Aquilina is a popular author working in the area of Church history, especially patristics. He is executive vice-president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a contributing editor of Angelus (magazine) and general editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History Series from Ave Maria Press. See full bio.

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