Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas

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Pan Macmillan, Jan 21, 2005 - Bible - 257 pages
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When her infant son was diagnosed with fatal pulmonary hypertension, award-winning author Elaine Pagels was moved to explore her faith. In Beyond Belief, her spiritual journey becomes a springboard for an intellectual and professional re-examination of early Christian faith. Controversial and thought-provoking, this international bestseller investigates the politics of Christianity and how the church crafted a Bible and a faith far more stringent than previously thought. In her search for meaning, Elaine Pagels discovers that the history of the Church – and therefore the history of the Western world – could have been significantly different.

This moving testament to history, faith and humanity, Pagels will challenge and transform everything you know of Christianity.

'Those who are moved by religion but who find that they can no longer accept the official doctrines of their church will find this marvellous book a source of inspiration and hope' Karen Armstrong

'This is writing about religion of the first order: enlightening, intelligent, inclusive and humane' Peter Stanford, Independent

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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

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About the author (2005)

Elaine Pagels is the author of the bestselling The Gnostic Gospels , which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award. She is currently the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University.

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