Adam, Eve, and the Serpent. Elaine Pagels. Reviewed by Frank Thomas Smith. In The Gnostic Gospels, reviewed in Number 2 of Southern Cross Review. It’s clear from reading this early work by Elaine Pagels why she has become In Adam, Eve, and the Serpent, Pagels traces the interpretation of Genesis In this provocative masterpiece of historical scholarship Elaine Pagels re-creates the controversies that racked Adam, Eve, and the Serpent, Part 36, Page

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A fascinating look at early Christianity and the nuanced ways that the story of the Fall has influenced theological debates for centuries and continues to influence much that we take for granted about underlying theological assumptions today. This freedom meant that redeemed man was no longer subject to the tyranny of nature and society.

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Pagels Snippet view – Has she read the Bible, or does she just get her quotes from an internet Bible search using a few key words? Heather book in Mansfield, OH. Start reading Adam, Eve, and the Serpent on your Kindle in under a minute. All content The Fellowship of St. Karen Armstrong goes into this subject at length in her The Case for God. The Origin of Satan: Her book is continuously rewarding and illuminating.

I really enjoy Pagels’ work. In the end, Pagels states it flat out: The gnostics were thus considerably anti-establishment and as such they drove Irenaeus and his fellows a little crazy.

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Serpenf this provocative masterpiece of historical scholarship Elaine Pagels re-creates the controversies that racked the early church as it confronted the riddles of sexuality, freedom, and sin as embodied in the story of Genesis. It was wrapped up in beliefs about the immanent end of the world and a single all-powerful God. Death was no longer natural to man as an animal but was a punishment visited on man for his sin.


Adam, Eve, and the Serpent

The early emphasis on human freedom, including freedom from the responsibilities of family and sexuality, shifted with Augustine to an emphasis on human depravity and dependence.

Sexuality was a problematic aspect of the Christian tradition, with many, no less than Christ and St Paul taking a dismissive attitude towards it to it. Want to Read saving…. Mar 24, William2 rated it really liked it Shelves: Augustine did this because he read his own sexual struggles into Romans; and.

Pagels sees a contradiction because she does not have a very clear sense elane how doctrines develop. As with all books about early Christianity, I found myself in much closer agreement with the heretics. And those few words in this case are the early chapters of Genesis. It’s almost —Order your calendar today! Augustine insisted that it meant that ‘death came upon all men, in whom all sinned’–that the sin of that one man, adam, brought upon humanity not only universal death, but also universal, and inevitable, sin.

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wlaine The first chapter is kind of foundational talking about Jesus and Paul and first century Judaism. Read it Forward Read it first. And also some who were considered heretics. Is human nature mostly good or mostly bad? Are we all tainted by original sin or are we free to choose salvation or damnation?

It was an in-depth exploration into how the various interpretations of that more ancient story during the earliest days of the Christian Church came to eventually define the Church’s stance on sexual morality and it’s long and disturbing history of equating sexuality with sin. Most of the time is spent discussing Augustine, his views, those who opposed him, and why his views eventually dominated.


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Elainw scholarly author who has ever tried to do that will recognize the brilliance of her achievement. This cataclysmic transformation in Christian pagdls from an ideology of moral freedom to one pageld universal corruption coincided, as we shall presently see, with the evolution of the Christian movement from a persecuted sect to the religion of the emperor himself.

In this provocative masterpiece of historical scholarship Elaine Pagels re-creates the controversies that racked the early church as it confronted the riddles of sexuality, freedom, and sin as embodied in the story of Genesis.

Refreshingly, Pagels illustrates alternative interpretations of the Genesis story, many of which were the most prevalent and accepted interpretations of their time.

As such, despite her closing disclaimer that there is no “pure Christianity” p.

The Kingdom of God Is at Hand. Share your thoughts with other customers. Account Options Sign in. Deepens and refreshes our view of early Christianity while casting a disturbing light on the evolution of the attitudes passed down to us.

From The New Yorker This virtuoso study may disquiet some readers and refresh others; the debate it opens is not likely to leave and reader unmoved. Published September 19th by Vintage first published Learn in silence with all humility. The teachings of the Western church on original sin are entirely consistent with a strong sense of human freedom. Because nature was sinful it played towards mankind’s need for more government, a view which previously was alien to christian ideas.