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Adam, Eve, and the Serpent

Number of page: 189
Author: Elaine Pagels
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2011
ISBN: 9780679722328
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Category: Religion

Deepens and refreshes our view of early Christianity while casting a disturbing light on the evolution of the attitudes passed down to us.  How did the early Christians come to believe that sex was inherently sinful
When did the Fall of Adam become synonymous with the fall of humanity
What turned Christianity from a dissident sect that  championed the integrity of the individual and the idea of free will into the bulwark of a new imperial order—with the central belief that human beings cannot not choose to sin   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.  And she shows how what was once heresy came to shape our own attitudes toward the body and the soul.

About The Author

Elaine Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University and the author of Reading Judas, The Gnostic Gospels-winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award- and the New York Times bestseller Beyond Belief. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Reviews:

  • JimmaccJimmacc
    Review: Adam, Eve, and the Serpent: Sex and Politics in Early Christianity Elain Pagels continues to both entertain and educate with this book.
  • ShaunShaun
    Review: Adam, Eve, and the Serpent: Sex and Politics in Early Christianity Saint Augustine was a dick
  • quantum_flapdoodlequantum_flapdoodle
    LibraryThing Review A look at the history of the concept of original sin. Easy to read and authoritative, though at times there was a bit too much rehash of ground covered in her book on the Gnostic gospels, some of which wasn’t particularly relevant to this topic.
  • Devil_llamaDevil_llama
    LibraryThing Review A look at the history of the concept of original sin. Easy to read and authoritative, though at times there was a bit too much rehash of ground covered in her book on the Gnostic gospels, some of which wasn’t particularly relevant to this topic.
  • Arctic-StrangerArctic-Stranger
    LibraryThing Review Pagels is a very competent scholar, and does right by this material. She takes the biblical material, which many have done before her, but then shows how it is used and misused.
  • BrasidasBrasidas
    LibraryThing Review If you’re new to Pagels I woud suggest you start with THE GNOSTIC GOSPELS. That is the foundation, it seems to me, on which all of her other works build. ADAM, EVE, AND THE SERPENT focuses on why
  • wirkmanwirkman
    LibraryThing Review Fascinating book . . . but, once again, the author’s apparent preference for Gnostic thought and traditions clouded her judgment on Orthodoxy. I didn’t quite buy her rather dark reading of Augustine
  • Not AvailableNot Available
    Adam, Eve, and the serpent Pagels explores the development of the ideas of human nature, moral freedom, and sexuality in the four centuries following Christ. Focusing on the various interpretations of the Genesis creation
  • DieFledermausDieFledermaus
    LibraryThing Review In The Simpsons, Ned Flanders, the annoying goody-goody neighbor, notes at one point that he’s tried to be a good Christian by following the Bible – even the stuff that contradicts the other stuff
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