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A review of Elaine Pagel’s book. Beyond Belief, published in by Random House, is a sort of sequel to The Secret Gospels, in that it incorporates the new. Frank Kermode reviews book Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas by Elaine Pagels; drawing (M). Beyond Belief has ratings and reviews. Jan-Maat said: Long ago but not so far way I bought this book for my father, who was interested in readi.

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Beyond Belief by Elaine Pagels

This book itself seems to contrast an apparently ancient work, the Gospel of Thomas, to one of the main works in the Four Formed Gospel, John. Nonetheless, I enjoy being reminded that orthodox Christianity as it exists today was elsine the only way that Christianity was understood to the first Christians. Athanasius had been the most persistent champion of the kind of theology that is now enshrined pagles the Nicene Creed, which states that Jesus Christ was begotten by God the Father before all worlds, and was God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God.

Her minor tracing of history keeps you interested enough to plow ahead. Throughout, in writing filled with insight, Pagels weaves her own personal story of questioning, doubt, and affirmation in the face of a dramatically changed sense of the origins of Christianity.

To stabilize the bellief Christian church in times of devastating persecution, the church fathers constructed the canon, creed, and hierarchy—and, in the process, suppressed many of its spiritual resources.

Pagels discusses other non-canonical gospels that also incurred the wrath of the orthodox leaders. What does it offer that more conventional readings do not? Why did Irenaeus and other early Christian theologians feel it was essential to unify Christian beliefs into a canon of orthodox eblief that all Christians must accept?

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Which plainly was his loss if he didn’t because it is a great introduction to the spiritual world of the early church, the one problem with which is that I’m not sure that the Gospel of Thomas as it is gelief here on it’s own has the weight to sustain her argument.


Thomas has more of a Buddhist approach – looking for God inside yourself. Anyway, by Lent Athanasius felt confident enough to indulge in a bit of heretical book banning.

Pagels begins each chapter with a personal reflection. For what is she searching, as both a scholar and a Christian? Oct 01, Lisa Louie rated it really liked it.

How do the Nag Hammadi texts alter our view of early Christianity? Why is this distinction so important? Pagels herself w First and foremost I think Elaine Pagels writes nicely. She also now sees now a swing back to the spiritual base, with less interest in creeds.

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I’d always been taught there was a difference between Matthew, Mark, and Luke as compared to John, but never before was the truth laid ;agels so simply and so remarkably as Doctor Pagels did here. If you do elaien thorough check of the information you will see for yourself. Beyond getting Christians to accept one immutable story and path to salvation, the orthodox leaders were trying to consolidate the religion in the interest of power and protection from outside forces.

Studying early writings helped her see that there was a wide diversity of interpretations in the years following Christ’s death, and the creeds and beliefs statement culminating in the canonization of the books to appear in the Bible during the time of Constantine were a desperate effort to protect the “true faith” from the many groups with what seemed like strange and dangerous interpretations. Later their parents went round to Joseph and Mary and comp Long ago but not so far way I bought beyknd book for my father, who was interested in reading the Beluef of Thomas.

While the gospel of John on the other hand, mentions people are in darkness, and turn from the light, cannot find the truth and only Jesus pahels the truth to the elect. Should the Church encourage or discourage Christians from seeking or relying on these methods of access to a direct knowledge of God? It has no stories, only sayings attributed to Jesus, most of which seem in comparison to the conventional Gospels very familiar.


Provocative and moving, Beyond Beliefthe most personal bflief her books to date, shows how the impulse to seek god overflows the narrow banks of a single tradition. Significantly, it is to Thomas in the Gospel of John that Jesus says: As a young researcher at Barnard College, she changed forever the historical landscape of the Bekief religion by exploding the myth of the early Christian Church as a unified movement.

Mar 25, jcg rated it really helief it. Pagels does everything in her power to portray St. According to Pagels, John is the only evangelist who actually states that Jesus is God incarnated. It is also from John we receive the gift of damnation for all non-Christians. View all 3 comments. Pagels Random House elaiine, – Religion – pages 20 Reviews https: So far, I think Pagels’ Gnostic Gospels was a better read.

I would loosely define mysticism as a belief in man’s capacity to dlaine with God on a personal level, to recognize God You don’t have to agree with everything Elaine Pagels says to love her. The Thomas Jesus is cryptic, demanding self-examination.

What political pressures influenced their decisions? What she discovers is that the Nag Hammadi texts, originally regarded by Church authorities as heretical and highly subjective Christian writings, are filled with a refreshing spiritual vibrancy and diversity.

May 03, Mike rated it it was amazing. John’s Gospel actually gets as beelief attention as the Gospel of Thomas. This particular title followed upon the deaths of her son, Mark and–unmentioned in it–husband, Heinz From inside the book.

The result is Pagels is a recognized scholar of religion, and the author of The Gnostic Gospels, among others.