About William G. Duffy
William G. Duffy, known to his family and friends as “George,” was born in Washington, DC in 1942. He was educated at Syracuse University and the University of Toronto. Before his retirement, he was employed as a Mental Health Counselor for twenty-six years in New York and, later, in Oregon.
His spiritual odyssey was both wide-ranging and dedicated. His first twelve years of schooling were overseen by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany in Cortland, New York. In his first year at Syracuse, he became disillusioned with his Catholic faith and subsequently looked elsewhere for meaning and clarity. An important first step on that journey was taken when he discovered the works of J. Krishnamurti. Krishnamurti taught him the importance of earnestly seeking the truth, not someone else’s truth, but his own truth in passionate and thorough inquiry. Along this path, he encountered such writers as Thaddeus Golas and Meister Eckhart. He pondered the non-dual wisdom of A Course in Miracles, which led inevitably to the study of Taoism, Zen Buddhism, and Advaita Vedanta.
Duffy’s book, “The Hidden Gospel of Thomas: Commentaries on the Non-Dual Sayings of Jesus,” came first into being as an idea. This occurred in 1983 when he discovered an article by Stevan Davies in the journal, “The Biblical Archaeologist,” entitled “Thomas: the Fourth Synoptic Gospel.” What followed were years of research and personal reflection. That led eventually to joining three internet forums on the Gospel of Thomas and finally to the writing itself.
When he is not writing or speaking on Thomas, Duffy, like most retired men, plays golf (badly) and meets with friends for coffee (pre-COVID-19).