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Beyond Belief : The Secret Gospel of Thomas by Elaine Pagels (2003, Hardcover)

ISBN 9780375501562
REGISTERED: 01/01/18
UPDATED: 04/22/21
Beyond Belief : The Secret Gospel of Thomas

  • Beyond Belief : The Secret Gospel of Thomas available on October 25 2016 from ECampus for 9.98
  • ISBN bar code 9780375501562 ξ2 registered July 21 2013
  • ISBN bar code 9780375501562 ξ1 registered February 04 2015
  • Product category is Book

  • # 9780375501562R

'This book explores how Christianity began by tracing its earliest texts, including the secret Gospel of Thomas, rediscovered in Egypt in 1945.' 'When her infant son was diagnosed with fatal pulmonary hypertension, Elaine Pagels's spiritual and intellectual quest took on a new urgency, leading her to explore historical and archeological sources and to investigate what Jesus and his teachings meant to his followers before the invention of doctrine - and before the invention of Christianity as we know it.' 'The astonishing discovery of the Gospel of Thomas, along with more than fifty other early Christian texts unknown since antiquity, offers startling clues. Pagels compares such sources as Thomas's gospel (which claims to give Jesus' secret teaching, and find its closest affinities with kabbalah) with the canonic texts to show how Christian leaders chose to include some gospels and exclude others from the collection we have come to know as the New Testament. To stabilize the emerging Christian church in times of devastating persecution, the church fathers constructed the canon, creed, and hierarchy - and, in the process, suppressed many of its spiritual resources.' Drawing on new scholarship - her own, and that of an international group of scholars - Pagels shows that what matters about Christianity involves much more than any one set of beliefs. Traditions embodied in Judaism and Christianity can powerfully affect us in heart, mind, and spirit, inspire visions of a new society based on practicing justice and love, even heal and transform us. Synopsis Elaine Pagels, one of the world's most important writers and thinkers on religion and history, and winner of the National Book Award for her groundbreaking work The Gnostic Gospels, now reflects on what matters most about spiritual and religious exploration in the twenty-first century.

    ^ Beyond Belief : The Secret Gospel of Thomas by Elaine Pagels (2003, Hardcover) (revised Oct 2016)
    ^ (2013). Beyond Belief : The Secret Gospel of Thomas ECampus. (revised Oct 2016)

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