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The Gnostic Gospels review × 103 × ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☃ The Gnostic Gospels Author Elaine Pagels – The Gnostic Gospels is a landmark study of the long buried roots of Christianity a work of luminous scholarship and wide popular appeal First published in 1979 to critical acclaim winning the National The GnosticThe Gnostic Gospels is a landmark study of the long buried roots of Christianity a. As someone who was subjected to Catholic school for 12 years I've always been somewhat interested in all the Gnostic texts that didn't get included in the bible So when I saw this on my girlfriend's bookshelf I had to give it a readChapter 1 Chapter 1 examines whether or not Christ actually rose from the dead or if it was a symbolic not literal event Chapter 2 Chapter 2 covers the structure of the Catholic church and how it ties back to Peter and the Apostles one of many church ideas the Gnostics challenged It also examines the Gnostic believe that the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament weren't the same God something that formed the basis of Karl Edward Wagner's Kane seriesChapter 3 Chapter 3 examines the lack of female symbolism in Christianity and talks about Gnostic texts that assign female characteristics to the Holy Spirit and other aspects of Christianity like the creation in Genesis and God's traditional depictionChapter 4 Chapter 4 talks about whether or not there were some shenanigans at the crucifixion involving the old switcheroo or Jesus faking his death or even Jesus not being human It also discusses the persecution of Christians during the early yearsChapter 5Chapter 5 chronicles the fighting between the various Christian sects during the early years over their beliefsChapter 6Chapter 6 is the real meat of the book Gnostic teachings and ritualsLike the conclusion of the book says History is written by the winners It's easy to see why some of the things in this book weren't included in the bible and perplexing that some of it wasn't Would it have killed early church leaders to include some pro female contentI will now return to my regularly scheduled reviews featuring robbery gun play magic and monsters

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Work of luminous scholarship and wide popular appeal First published in to critica. This book is a classic It describes catalogues uotes and interprets portions of the secret gnostic gospels which were ordered destroyed in the 4th century after Christ How then did we gain access to them Some crafty monk shoved bits and pieces of papyrus into a clay jar and buried it like a time capsule for 20th century archeologists to discover and historians to argue about for another 16 centuriesWhat do the gnostic gospels disclose Well read if you want the full story but let's just say most mainstream Christians won't like the ambiguity of finding out that there are many versions of the life of Christ and what he actually said and thus the implications for his followers and that the version aka the New Testament we ended up with is the result of censorship by the government of the time who wanted to use Christianity previously a radical sect to control them hmmmmm sound familiar

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The Gnostic GospelsL acclaim winning the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Awar. This is a really fascinating book and a great introduction to Gnosticism It's learned it places theological ideas in a socio political context and it's enjoyable to read Pagel's biggest success is in the way she ties the controversy between gnostic and orthodox ideas into contemporary social and political issues and uses them to explain why orthodox ideas ultimately won out It paints a picture where orthodox Christianity isn't the camp that won because it's ideas were any 'truer' but because it's ideas were far widely accessible to the social and political structures that predominated in the 1st through 4th centuriesMy only criticism would be that Pagels occasionally over emphasizes the dichotomy between orthodoxy and gnosticism and skims over any potential overlap While she does acknowledge that the overlap is there she doesn't really delve into the issue At one point she points out that while gnostics tended to be internalized and personal they also made extensive use of familial and social language in their writings But she never expands upon it which is a bit frustrating But this is designed to be an introductory book so that's certainly not a large flaw Definitely worth a read if you're interested in the development of early Christiainty