The Gnostic Gospels

The Gnostic Gospels

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The gnostic Gospels provides engaging listening for those seeking a broader perspective on the early development of Christianity. Author and noted scholar Elaine Pagels suggests that Christianity could have developed quite differently if gnostic texts had become part of the Christian canon. Without a doubt: gnosticism celebrates God as both Mother and Father, shows a very human Jesus's relationship to Mary Magdalene, suggests the Resurrection is better understood symbolically, and speaks to self-knowledge as the route to union with God. Pagels argues that Christian orthodoxy grew out of the political considerations of the day, serving to legitimize and consolidate early church leadership. Her contrast of that developing orthodoxy with gnostic teachings presents an intriguing trajectory on a world faith as it might have become.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2002
ISBN: 9781415951729

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This is a bit dense, writing style is academic but for those of us who want a thorough description of content and struggle of early Christian church, this is an interesting read

Feb 28, 2013

This book deals more with what the Gnostic Gospels say than it does with their origins and history. A bit of a disappointment on the history front, but still informative.


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