The Lost Gospel of Thomas: A Jungian Perspective

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7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Roeland Park Community Center

$15 members
$15 students

If you bring forth what is within you, what is within you will save you; if you do not bring forth what is within you, what is within you will destroy you.”
The Gospel of Thomas

In 1945, a couple of Egyptian peasants stumbled upon the archaeological find of the century: a collection of papyrus manuscripts that would revolutionize our understanding of early Christianity (although these new understandings have yet to pierce the armor of the mainstream church).  It is well known that Jung was fascinated by the so-called “Gnostic Gospels.”  In this class, we will see how Western Christendom managed to sacrifice individual enlightenment on the altar of “correct belief.”  The Gospel of Thomas, likely written earlier than any of the four Gospels in the New Testament, encourages interior spiritual development – what Jung believed was sadly missing in the church.  Rather than believing in a savior that does the hard work of “salvation” for us, the Gospel of Thomas encourages us to follow the teachings of this first century rabbi and “bring forth that which is within us.”

Lisa Whitlow, MA, DMin, is a Jungian-oriented therapist and teacher in the Kansas City are. She has taught many classes for the Friends of Jung, including “Shadow Dancing,” “Archetype of the Divine Child,” and “Sophia: Archetype of Holy Wisdom.” She has facilitated retreats and workshops in Kansas, Missouri, Idaho, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona. Her website is

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