"In December, 1945, an Arab peasant made an astonishing archeological discovery in Upper Egypt…"
“Thirty years later the discoverer himself, Muhammad ‘Alī al-Sammān, told what happened. Shortly before he and his brothers avenged their father’s murder in a blood feud, they had saddled their camels and gone out to the Jabal to dig for Sabakh, a soft soil they used to fertilized their crops. Digging around a massive boulder, they hit a red earthen ware jar, almost a meter high. ...He raised his mattock, smashed the jar, and discovered inside thirteen papyrus books, bound in leather.” - Elaine Pagels, Professor of Religion, Princeton University The Gnostic Gospels
Which Christ Would You Choose?
The New Testament was constructed up to 200 years after the death of Christ—composed of texts that the Church deemed acceptable. The rejected texts are often called the Gnostic Gospels, and they differ radically from the New Testament presented in the Bible.
The Nag Hammadi, discovered in 1945, and the subject of extraordinary intrigue, was one of the richest Gnostic finds.
Many Christians would find their contents shockingly blasphemous, mining the sacred and the profane in delirious tandem to stretch the very definition of faith.
The Blood Price to Pay for the Love of the Lord
A young priest dies a gruesome death in a Los Angeles cathedral. The Church seems uninterested in an in-depth investigation. The priest’s wealthy family, run by a matriarch antagonistic toward the Church, hires Sam Youngblood to find the truth.
An infamous former Los Angeles DA, Sam Youngblood gets swept up in this maelstrom as he claws his way to reconciliation with a world that took from him the thing he most loved—the man with whom he meant to share his life.
For him, it’s a journey of self-discovery. He will play many roles—Atheist, blasphemer, would-be redeemer—as he unearths the dangerous, impossible, yet utterly human truth of men who toy with Gods.
Youngblood discovers the priest’s secret passion, his blasphemy, his strangely ardent faith, and his recklessly rabid zeal to uncover and expose lethal truths. They are truths that can shatter entire belief systems and small empires, but to this iconoclastic priest, it is the way to godliness. It’s a truth that some shock themselves to discover they’ll go to any lengths to bury. It’s a secret that’s been passed, hand to hand, for eons, and now, through the machinations of this one priest and this one investigator, many will learn what it takes to shake their faith.
From servants of the Catholic faith, to a supremely wealthy and powerful family—from an obscure Egyptian collector to the ne’er do well European intellectual—each ingests the secret and each suffers the chilling consequences of knowing.
“I Am the Whore and the Holy One” taps into today’s most taboo and controversial veins and digs relentlessly down to the flesh and bone. Honoring both the sacred and the profane, “I am the Whore and the Holy One” is sure to raise vigorous debate as to which of those it owes fealty. But when the sacred is a human construct, the profane goes with the territory.