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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Vintage Books- Religion – pages. Touchstone is a Christian journal, conservative in doctrine and eclectic in content, with editors and readers from each of the three great divisions of Christendom—Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox.

Transactions will be processed on the secure server of The Fellowship of St. Heather book in Mansfield, OH. A humanist is, as a wit once observed, anyone who serpeht that there is more to life than chastity, dying of plague and being repressed by unscrupulous church authorities.

Because they are clearly without sin However, I feel that the doctrine gives me a healthy skepticism about my use of that freedom. See all 55 reviews. Pagels reminds us how many of our values, both repressive ones about elwine and liberating ones about individual worth and human freedom, arose from the debates of the early Church fathers.

Adam, Eve, and the Serpent: Sex and Politics in Early Christianity

The book most contains quotes and analysis of early Christian evr some contemporary Jewish thinkers from Jerome to Augustine and Julian of Eclanum. Apparently, like earlier Talmudic scholars, the gnostics saw little usefulness in Scriptural readings that were not fresh and innovative. When did the fall become the Fall? Saint Augustine was a dick Jan 03, Howard rated it it was amazing.

Adam, Eve, and the Serpent: Sex and Politics in Early Christianity – Elaine Pagels – Google Books

The writers, unaware of the later debates, did not frame their language with an eye to definitions that words only later received. Such a spur to inventiveness naturally gave rise to widely variant readings. Ser;ent in the fourth and fifth centuries, after the emperors themselves became patrons of Christianity, the majority of Christians gradually came to say no.


It truly is a wonderful overview of early Christian thought, that would serve as a perfect esrpent point for further investigation. Ships from and sold by Amazon.

Well-educated people wanting to understand sex and sin. Start reading Adam, Eve, and the Serpent on your Kindle in under a minute. As was noted by Julian of Eclanum, that man is very much a part of nature and that things that occur in nature are probably the natural order of things.

She assumes the truth of the feminist interpretation of Christianity that sees the Christian as an autonomous self that disconnects itself from the web of obligations to love which human nature, especially in its feminine form, tends to create. Also by Elaine Pagels. Pagels Limited preview – She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship best known for her studies and writing on the Gnostic Gospels.

This is a history one should understand before committing to the creed that derives from it. Augustine also misinterpreted some of Paul’s writings. She does it extremely well, and anyone reading this will have a much better grasp on several key points of controversy within the Christian world during its first four centuries. However, before these doctrines were defined by the early ecumenical councils, many theologians and even some passages in Scripture used language that sounds like Arianism, Nestorianism, monotheletism, or other heresies.

This recognition, after all, is what all participants in the Christian tradition, however they disagree, share in common—and share, for that matter, with many people who are involved in Christian tradition only peripherally, or not at all. One of the interesting points in the book is how politics shapes theology and vice versa.


ADAM, EVE, AND THE SERPENT by Elaine Pagels | Kirkus Reviews

It is not very readable unless you are mildly familiar with the names of church fathers and some academic biblical studies. Apr 11, Martin rated it paegls it.

But even this picture of consensus is given an additional twist, apart Pagels is essentially reviewing how Christian dogma was influenced by early and later advocates of the church, and it is a fascinating picture. This was done at conception and that all those people who were conceived through the normal process were somehow infected. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

The author admits she started her research looking for “real Christianity” and discovered instead that it is multifaceted.

This was my second favorite Pagels book, after The Gnostic Gospels. Deepens and refreshes our view of early Christianity while casting a disturbing light on the evolution of the attitudes passed down to us. Along the way, we learn some of the history of the early Christian church and how it changed. The concept of liberty and the idea of a good and virtuous government shifted. In those opening chapters the first christians saw God blessing humanity with the freedom to self-govern.

They believed that certain natural “evils,” like death and pain, were inherent to the created order, but that individual “evils,” like murder and adultery, were entirely of our own volition. It is clear in the case of the subject at hand that the “good guys” did not win.