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Protestant theologians emphasized Jesus’ statement of the superiority of “faith alone” (see sola fide), although the evangelical-leaning Anglican Thomas Hartwell Horne, in his widely read Introduction to the Critical Study and Knowledge of the Holy Scriptures (first published in 1818) treated Thomas’s incredulity, which he extended somewhat to the other apostles, approvingly, as evidence both of the veracity of the gospels, as a “forger” would be unlikely to have invented it, and of their proper suspicion of the seemingly impossible, demonstrating their reliability as witnesses. In the early church, Gnostic authors were very insistent that Thomas did not actually examine Jesus, and elaborated on this in apocryphal accounts,[clarification needed] perhaps tending to push their non-Gnostic opponents in the other direction.