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Pagels The Secret Gospel of PDFEPUBa writer and The Secret ePUB #10003 thinker on religion and history winner of the National Book Award for The Gnostic Gospels reflects on what matters most about Beyond Belief MOBI #10003 spiritual and religious exploration in the st century This book explores how Christianity began by tracing its earliest texts including the Gospel of Thomas rediscovered in Belief The Secret PDF #206 Egypt in When her infant son was diagnosed with fatal pulmonary hypertension Pagels' spiritual and intellectual uest took on a new urgency leading Belief The Secret Gospel of eBook #8608 her to explore Belief The Secret Gospel of eBook #8608 historical and archaeological sources and to investigate what Jesus and his teachings meant to his followers before the invention of Christianity The disco. Pagels is a recognized scholar of religion and the author of The Gnostic Gospels among others This book might be her bestDon't buy this expecting a dull scholarly exposition on the Gospel of Thomas It's hardly that It's sort of an unobtrusive evangelism for unorthodox Christianity a plea for the kind of religious truth that can never hide behind a stale set of doctrinePagels bares her soul in this book and her passion for spirituality religion and Christianity shines The result is inspirational This is the book that turned me on to Pagels' scholarship and I've felt a distant kinship ever since It's really less about the Gospel of Thomas and about diversity and meaning within the early Christian movement John's Gospel actually gets as much attention as the Gospel of Thomas While John hints of gnostic influence it also finds itself in direct opposition to Thomas on many topics such as the divinity of Christ Pagels embraces this diversity of ideas and spends a great deal of time discussing how the canon of acceptable scripture grewI love engaging thought provoking books and Pagels never disappoints

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Beyond Belief The Secret Gospel of ThomasDied in Judaism and Christianity can powerfully affect us in heart mind and spirit inspire visions of a new society based on practising justice and love even heal and transform usProvocative and moving Beyond Belief the most personal of her books to date shows how the impulse to seek god overflows the narrow banks of a single tradition She writes What I have come to love in the wealth and diversity of our religious traditions and the communities that sustain them is that they offer the testimony of innumerable people to spiritual discovery encouraging us in Jesus' words to 'seek and you shall find'CONTENTSFrom the feast of Agape to the Nicene CreedGospels in conflict John and Thomas God's word or human wordsThe canon of truth and the triumph of JohnConstantine and the Catholic Church AcknowledgementsNotesInde. During my studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York I became acuainted with Elaine Pagels initially on a social level as one of my girlfriend's favorite teachers at Barnard College then as my own teacher for a course entitled Creation Myths in Genesis at Union I wasn't much interested in the course topic but I was interested in working under the author of The Johannine Gospel in Gnostic Exegesis a book which had impressed me while working on my undergraduate thesis on the history of scholarly debate about the origins of gnostic movements As it happened she was considerate enough to allow me to supplement the course work with a review of all of the patristic testamony through the fourth century and an encyclopedic thesis covering this material entitled On the Procession of the Heresiarchs of Gnosis Since then I have endeavored to read all of her books as they became availableThis particular title followed upon the deaths of her son Mark 1987 and unmentioned in it husband Heinz 1988 At the time I was acuainted with her and Heinz neither seemed particularly religious but as the text indicates these losses caused her to reconsider her position Such personal reflections introduce the textThree main topics come up repeatedly in Beyond Belief First The Gospel of Thomas a version of which was discovered in Egypt in 1945 A collection of the sayings of Jesus some have attempted to relate it to the long hypothesized or source behind the canonical gospel sayings Pagels does not push this thesis Instead she takes this and to a lesser extent other extra canonical gospels to represent the actual diversity of early Christian belief and practice a diversity suppressed by the affiliation of one section of the movement with the Powers and Principalities of Rome Second she employs Irenaeus and most particularly his Adversus Haeresis as an early example c 180 of the repressive ideology which won out Having studied him myself rather intensively I would only fault her for failing to emphasize how personal much of his invective is and for failing to note the irony of some this supposedly orthodox Father of the Church's own beliefs most particularly his claim that Jesus lived to a ripe old age Third she discusses the original imperially sponsored Council of the Church 325which capped the early stage of ideological repression With this and with some brief review of the Arian controversy associated with the Council and its conseuences her overview endsPagels' thesis that the early church was diverse and that the concretization of an orthodoxy under the Empire led to the suppression of many elements particularly those maintaining a democratic or low Christology is incontestable She doesn't go far however in expositing what these other streams of thought actually maintained Instead she alludes mostly by uotation to some characteristic positions later rejected by the Church The most important of these would seem to be first that what the Christ was we can be and second that there are many paths to such realization In other words what the official Church tried to stamp out was experientially based religion precisely though not explicitly stated what led her to reconsider her own beliefsThis book was written for the general public No specialized knowledge is reuired the documentation being confined to endnotes beyond a general familiarity with the Christian tradition

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characters Î Beyond Belief The Secret Gospel of Thomas ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ê ❮Reading❯ ➹ Beyond Belief The Secret Gospel of Thomas ➱ Author Elaine Pagels – Horticulturetrader.co.uk Pagels a writer and thinker on religion and history winner of theVery of the Gospel of Thomas along with than other early Christian texts some unknown since antiuity offers clues She compares such sources as Thomas' gospel which claims to give Jesus' secret teaching and finds its closest affinities with kabbalah with the canon to show how Christian leaders chose to include some gospels and exclude others from the collection many call the New Testament To stabilize the emerging church in times of persecution church fathers constructed the canon creed and hierarchy and in the process suppressed many of its spiritual resourcesDrawing on new scholarship her own and that of an international group of scholars that has come to light since the publication of The Gnostic Gospels she shows that what matters about Christianity involves much than any one set of beliefs Traditions embo. Elaine is wonderful and I began enjoying her work as a student I think her book on the Gnostic Gospels in general is intelligent and accessible yet this particular work though I stand by my 5 star rating is at times redundant This is an endlessly fascinating subject for me and I trust Pagels knowledge base and motives Good book