The Secret Sayings of Ye Su
In The Secret Sayings, Williams describes the nature of the text and why he thinks it should be placed in the Tang dynasty period. He provides an introduction to the history of Buddhism and the indigenous religions of China during this period, and also to the “Religion of the Light,” a form of Christianity that entered China in 638 A.D. The work includes a line-by-line commentary on each of the 72 verses of this gospel.
Although undoubtedly ancient, the work seems amazingly contemporary in its ideas, offering a unique and quite radical vision of Je Su (Jesus) and his teaching. Neither orthodox or gnostic, The Secret Sayings comments about such topics as the place of women and gays within the community, the nature of the kingdom, and the source of Christian hope in the “source.” Although faith is emphasized, doctrines and dogmas are not.