Never in centuries past has there been a dearth of religious imagination, a paucity of telestic meaning as we experience nowadays. The abundant metaphysical harvest of the ancients has been reduced to a crop of beliefs and creeds to feed the masses a heavy meal that causes their souls to sink into a slumber. A veil of amorphous spirituality has fallen upon us, and through its diaphanous folds we perceive the deformed figures we take for the true gods. But those gods are only pretenders who hide behind the curtain and sustain our illusion of being awake while we are asleep.
In the 4th century C.E. a handful of clear-sighted monastic librarians buried a collection of manuscripts in the desert, saving them from the clutch of the engineers of faith in their time. When at last the twelve leather-bound papyrus codices concealed by the monks were unearthed in 1945, the Gospel According to Thomas proved to be perhaps the most potent sacred text to revive divine possession, free the mind from confusion, and rouse the soul from her torpor in our epoch.
In the Oracles of the Doubter, we will endeavor to approach Thomas’ gospel on its own terms and follow its promises to their very end to “bring forth what is within us that will save us.”