The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - AliceAnna - LibraryThing
This book was somewhat of a disappointment. I really thought that she would write about where the idea of Satan came from. But instead, her focus was on how Satan grew, changed and evolved in ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DieFledermaus - LibraryThing
In this book, Pagels purports to show how the conception of Satan arose from the early Christians’ demonization of Jews, pagans and other Christians. While I had some issues with the organization and ... Read full review