Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 4, 2004 - Religion - 241 pages
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In Beyond Belief, renowned religion scholar Elaine Pagels continues her groundbreaking examination of the earliest Christian texts, arguing for an ongoing assessment of faith and a questioning of religious orthodoxy.

Spurred on by personal tragedy and new scholarship from an international group of researchers, Pagels returns to her investigation of the “secret” Gospel of Thomas, and breathes new life into writings once thought heretical. As she arrives at an ever-deeper conviction in her own faith, Pagels reveals how faith allows for a diversity of interpretations, and that the “rogue” voices of Christianity encourage and sustain “the recognition of the light within us all.”


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User Review  - greeniezona - LibraryThing

This book had been on my wishlist for a while, as I've always been interested in the "disappeared" books of the Bible. (Well, always... at least as long as I knew such things existed, anyway!) So ... Read full review

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User Review  - DubiousDisciple - LibraryThing

Pagels is a recognized scholar of religion, and the author of The Gnostic Gospels, among others. This book might be her best. Don't buy this expecting a dull, scholarly exposition on the Gospel of ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER
CHAPTER
Gods Word or Human Words?
The Canon of Truth and the Triumph of John
CHAPTER FIVE
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

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 Gospels, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award. She is currently the Harrington Spear Paine Professor Religion at Princeton University, and she lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with her husband and children.


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