The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, Oct 12, 2011 - Religion - 240 pages
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From the religious historian whose The Gnostic Gospels won both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award comes a dramatic interpretation of Satan and his role on the Christian tradition. With magisterial learning and the elan of a born storyteller, Pagels turns Satan's story into an audacious exploration of Christianity's shadow side, in which the gospel of love gives way to irrational hatreds that continue to haunt Christians and non-Christians alike.


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A scholarly argument that Satan as we imagine him was a creation of the early church in need of a cosmic villain to raise the stature of Jesus in the myth it was building around him. It is a breath-taking idea, well argued. Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
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CONCLUSION
NOTES
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About the author (2011)

Elaine Pagels earned a B.A. in history and an M.A. in classical studies at Stanford, and holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University. She is the author of "Adam, Eve, and the Serpent"; "The Origin of Satan"; and "The Gnostic Gospel"s, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and National Book Award. She is currently the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University. Pagels lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with her husband and children.

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