Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Undergraduate

Department

Honors

First Advisor

Katherine Lualdi, Ph.D

Second Advisor

Gary Johnson, Ph.D

Third Advisor

Dr. Nancy Artz, Honors Director

Keywords

Hinduism, buddhism, gnosticism, pantheistic Jesus

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to analyze and expand the ideas of one of the most widely acclaimed religious thinkers of the twentieth century, Alan Watts. Watts attempted to use Eastern religions as a lens for reinterpreting the message of Jesus's gospel. Watts proposed that Jesus's experience of consciousness was not unique unto himself; furthermore, he asserted that any person can achieve Jesus's level of divinity once he understands that everything, oneself included, is a manifestation of God. To further Watt's claim I bring in an ancient Christian source which was unavailable to Watts during his lifetime-the Gospel of Thomas.

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