Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas

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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  - Arthur George - Goodreads

This was a rewarding read consisting of a combination of the author's scholarly analysis of canonical, Gnostic, and other early Christian writings and her own personal spiritual and life experiences ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gail Holm - Goodreads

This is the second time I've read Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas. Reading it with a group this time deepened my understanding. The words, “Beyond Belief,” have significance in more than ... Read full review


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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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