From The Teachings of Silvanus: "Do not be a sausage which is full of useless things."
I'd have said that the delicious thrill of including forbidden, suppressed or forgotten books has gotten the better of this project. The presence of a committee of "spiritual leaders" weighing through the books and deciding which were the most "insightful" has, in fact, happened before. These books were not included.They should be read - they should be read by members of the Christian community. They are delightful, sometimes edgy ways of recreating the spirit of early Christianity in its various guises. The implication, however, that an "early Christian novella" like the Acts of Paul and Thecla could hold its own within the same binding as the Epistle to the Romans and the Gospel of Mark is probably not going to bear scrutiny and makes the whole project look at bit silly by overstating its objectives.
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