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The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels

The Gnostic Gospels

by Elaine Pagels

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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' 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".

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Not What I Expected
Reviewer bubblegum11
 March 06, 2012
I thought there was going to be more about what was in the Gnostic Gospels...I really didn't find this audio gave enough information...went on and on about the Resurrection...It gave way to much attention to the political side....

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  • Published: April 2006
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: T036332
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