Real Life, it's not real possible to discuss a book with someone who hasn't read it.
No, certainly the lost gospels were not unknown to the early church as the bible was being formed! How else would these early church officials decide to leave them out unless they did "know" them.
And, they were not lost, but destroyed. Listen to what the author said in a small paragraph at the beginning of his book:
"We are going to examine powerful evidence that the Gnostic element was present in Christianity from the beginning, and was, in fact, the very heart of the teachings of Jesus. We will discover that the Gnostic controversy that developed in the second century C.E.--the issue that obsessed Church leaders such as Irenaeus--occurred not because Christianity became polluted by Gnostic heresy, as the Church argued and still contends, but because the bishops of the fledgling Church so rearranged their priorities in their attempts to consolidate institutional Christianity that they lost contact with their own spiritual (Gnostic) roots."
Actually, some of the books that were not included in the bible were: The books of Thomas, Mary, Philip, the Apocryphon of John, the Apocryphon of James, the Dialogue of the Savior, and the Testimony of Truth, all from the Nag Hammadi Library.
Oh, I'm not going anywhere. I'd just like a rest from "Religion and Spirituality."
I never knew that all religions don't teach their students (after all, they are only teachers) of the indwelling God in all of us, which is the great secret the Church didn't understand. So, what they did was replace the entire concept with "The Church." It is only The Church" that can save us all, right? God, I hope not. The Church has never worked and hasn't changed in 2000 years.
God gave us all innate curiosity.
No it's not the Church that saves. You didn't hear that from me.
Jesus did not teach that God indwells all of us.------------
John 8:42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
43Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
44Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
45And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
46Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?
47He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
and the apostles did not teach that God indwells all---------------
I John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
II John 9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
Take good care, and stay curious.