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Date of issue: 1981
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The author of the book: Elaine Pagels
Language: English
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The size of the: 16.98 MB
Edition: Random House (NYC)

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An account of the gnostics, who were left out at the Council of Nicaea & ended as repressed heretics as the Xian Church gradually organized itself & became socially respectable. Gnostics didn't accept the orthodox clergy as anything more than a necessary but insufficient 1st step. Gnostics accepted orthodoxy as a starting point but held that salvation came as the result of a personal search for knowledge & truth beyond official theology. They were the theological anarchists of their day. The Church, like any official organization, couldn't tolerate dissent, let alone anarchy, & so suppressed them & destroyed their writings wherever possible. In 1945, a cache of some 50 documents, gospels & other tracts was discovered in Egypt. These were gnostic writings which have proven valuable in shedding light on early Church history & on beliefs that didn't make the cut. This book is a discussion of those other Xians.
The controversy over Christ's resurrection: historical event or symbol?
"One God, one bishop": the politics of monotheism
God the father/God the mother
The passion of Christ & the persecution of Christians
Whose church is the "true church"?
Gnosis: self-knowledge as knowledge of God

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Ebook The Gnostic Gospels read Online! Elaine Pagels is a preeminent figure in the theological community whose scholarship has earned her international respect. The Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University, she was awarded the Rockefeller, Guggenheim & MacArthur Fellowships in three consecutive years.
As a young researcher at Barnard College, she changed forever the historical landscape of the Christian religion by exploding the myth of the early Christian Church as a unified movement. Her findings were published in the bestselling book, The Gnostic Gospels, an analysis of 52 early Christian manuscripts that were unearthed in Egypt. Known collectively as the Nag Hammadi Library, the manuscripts show the pluralistic nature of the early church & the role of women in the developing movement. As the early church moved toward becoming an orthodox body with a canon, rites & clergy, the Nag Hammadi manuscripts were suppressed & deemed heretical. The Gnostic Gospels won both the Nat'l Book Critic’s Circle Award & the Nat'l Book Award & was chosen by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best books of the 20th Century.

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