Jun 15, Frank Kermode reviews book Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas by Elaine Pagels; drawing (M). A review of Elaine Pagel’s book. Beyond Belief, published in by Random House, is a sort of sequel to The Secret Gospels, in that it incorporates the new. Jun 24, One person’s hagiography is another’s heresy, observes biblical scholar Pagels, though that hasn’t stopped generations of Christians from.

Author: Sazil Grobei
Country: Angola
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Science
Published (Last): 7 September 2007
Pages: 25
PDF File Size: 13.40 Mb
ePub File Size: 17.99 Mb
ISBN: 817-6-19861-963-6
Downloads: 43592
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Groktilar

A nice study of a Gospel not found in the Bible. Why is this distinction so important? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This book was written for the general public. Athanasius had been the most persistent champion of the kind of theology that is now enshrined in the Nicene Creed, which states that Jesus Christ was begotten by God the Father before all worlds, and was God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God.

What are the dangers of spiritual intuitions, visions, divine revelations, and other intensely subjective religious experiences? The hows and the whys are tempting to speculate about, but we don’t know much about the winning side, and what we know about the loosing side almost entirely comes from what the winners choose to say about them.

Beyond Belief

Views Read Edit View history. What it is not, is an analysis of the Gospel of Thomas but it does elaborate on the argument in the first book about the role of the gospel of John in the struggle against Thomas-type mysticism. In her latest book she concentrates mainly on why the Gospel of John made it into the New Testament and the Gospel of Thomas didn’t. We are experiencing technical difficulties. From to in National Book Award history there were dual awards for hardcover and paperback books in many categories, including several nonfiction subcategories.


Elaine Pagels stepped inside a church during a morning run, and found herself drawn to the spiritual power she felt there. Fifteen months later, Heinz Pagels fell to his death while hiking in Aspen, Colorado.

Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas by Elaine Pagels

In Beyond Beliefrenowned religion scholar Elaine Pagels continues her groundbreaking examination of the earliest Christian epaine, arguing for an ongoing assessment of faith and a questioning of religious orthodoxy.

Elaine is wonderful and I began enjoying pagelz work as a student. The Best Books of Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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 During my studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York I became acquainted 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 ;agels in Genesis” at Union.

There was no salvation except through him. Mar 03, Sean Patrick Brennan rated it patels was amazing. Can they coexist with canonical texts? Why were they suppressed?

Recognize that this is one viewpoint and interpretation of early church history. But that was a bit like getting your information on Senator Kerry from the Drudge Report. Lists with This Book.

This book itself seems to contrast an apparently ancient work, the Gospel of Thomas, to one of the main works in the Four Formed Gospel, John. Elaine Pagels step This book was used as a study book for a Tuesday morning discussion group.


For these reasons this book is actually an interesting read but I can’t give it a high rating because I find it fanciful to say the least. However, certain church leaders from the second through the fourth centuries rejected many of these sources of revelation and constructed instead the New Testament gospel canon of Matthew, Mark, Luke and Elajne, which has defined Christianity to this day.

Or was he God himself, for a time disguised in the beypnd of the man from Nazareth, but now returned to his pre-existent state as the Eternal Word, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity? May 04, Minutes Buy.

Pagels frames the story of the quashing of spiritual interpretations of the meaning of the ministry of Jesus view spoiler [I am picking my words with as much care as I can after a mere couple of glasses of an indifferent white wine, I know what Rabelais would advise me to do in this case hide spoiler ] in favour of an Orthodox and Catholic church by the time of Constantine with her experience as a mother living through the behond of a son, attending church first in crisis, later with her daughter for a Christmas service.

In this majestic new book, Pagels The Gnostic Gospels ranges panoramically over the history of early Christianity, demonstrating the religion’s initial tremendous diversity and its narrowing to include only certain texts supporting certain beliefs. She gives her work a nice tone and it flows easily.