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.

Author: Dozil Dule
Country: Cape Verde
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Life
Published (Last): 16 January 2017
Pages: 399
PDF File Size: 3.62 Mb
ePub File Size: 5.25 Mb
ISBN: 327-4-53313-503-4
Downloads: 29829
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Tygonos

Pagels’ argues that the Gospel of John was likely written to refute the so-called gnostic gospel of Thomas, and that Irenaeus championed the Gospel of John and the Nicene Creed which draws freely from John’s gospel to establish the pabels of Christ as the velief doctrine of Christianity, which in turn would rid the church of pesky gnostic sects. Jesus said, “Blessed is the lion which becomes man when consumed by man; and cursed is the man whom the lion consumes, and the lion becomes man.

Pagels’s writing style, I was somewhat disappointed in the lack of analysis of the Gospel of Thomas. In Beyond Beliefrenowned religion scholar Elaine Pagels continues her groundbreaking examination of the earliest Christian texts, arguing for an ongoing assessment of faith and a questioning of religious orthodoxy.

Athanasius of Alexandria was one of the most determined clerics in Christian history, but it had taken him a long time to get his own opinions established as the official doctrine of the Catholic Church. I’m still not sure if he ever read it. However, both John and Thomas say something different, the latter very specifically: May 04, Pages Buy.

Beyond Belief Reader’s Guide

How convincing is this reading? Buy the Audiobook Download: Como em ‘Zealot’, do Dr. She has written several other books as well on the history of Christianity, establishing her as the foremost popular scholar in the field. Such texts as the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Philip, the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, the Secret Book of John, and others, point toward a more inward, personal, and ultimately deeper spiritual relationship with God.

But beoief while writing about Irenaeus and his “Against Heresies”, pointed out that Elaihe was actually rather inclusive as he tried elainee define catholicity and outline spectrum of “orthodoxy”, the reason he was so hateful towards the Gnostics, was their stuck up attitude, their walking around like they were the enlightened people, and dismissing and brushing off the enlightened who just couldn’t get it, or couldn’t the truth.


Drawing on new scholarship—her own, and that of an international group of scholars—that has come to light since the publication in of The Gnostic Gospels, Pagels shows that what matters about Christianity involves much more than any one set of beliefs. May 04, Minutes. pageld

Johannine Christians believed very different things than their contemporaries and rivals, the Thomas Christians. Some are not familiar but similar. Pagels is a well know Gnostic writer and this book is one of her better ones.

Traditions embodied in Judaism and Christianity can powerfully affect us in heart, mind and spirit, inspire visions of a new beliief based on practising justice and love, even heal and transform us. I read the Gospel of Thomas before coming to this book, and I beief hoping for some scholarly reflections, but I got very little.

Pagels is great at pulling together the details that allow us to understand not only what people were arguing about but why.

Beyond Belief by Elaine Pagels – Reading Guide – : Books

Pagels uses her analysis of John and Thomas to discuss the struggle that went on in early Christianity between those who believed that Jesus taught that elajne divine light was present in all people; and those beyomd, like the author of John, claimed that Jesus had taught that humanity inhabited a profound spiritual darkness that only he could illuminate.

Elaije felt this placed a discussion of religious matters in its proper context: All in all a good read, but rather “light and fluffy” when it comes to the stated material it would supposedly deal with yes, I end sentences with preposition.

At one point in her description of the dispute among the early Christians about who Jesus really was, Pagels quotes Mark: A nice study of a Gospel not found in the Bible. Long ago but not so far way I bought this book for my father, who was interested in reading the Gospel of Thomas.

Discover what to read next.


Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas by Elaine Pagels

Perhaps distressingly to “true” Christians the concept or idea of the Trinity was solidified here. But then again I dreamt last night that I was employed by the British Government to buy and sell warships to African heads of state, so your opinion may well be different view spoiler [ unless you were having the same dream, which would explain why I wasn’t able to sell any, not even to the one with really bad eyesight view spoiler [me and my dream are presuming that you’ve heard of how the UK government some years back managed to sell leaky submarines to the Canadians view spoiler [and to think a good chunk of the UK population believe that the country will thrive in a free trade environment hide spoiler ] hide spoiler ] hide spoiler ].

What is it about Christianity that she still finds compelling? Only is the Gospel of John is there a character named Doubting Thomas. When translated into English fifteen centuries later, these were capitalized — a linguistic convention that does not occur in the original Greek. Pagels seems to be attempting to say there was a better form of Christianity that was destroyed by the dogmatic catholics, which is what most of the book is about. Athanasius had been the most persistent champion of the kind of theology that is now enshrined in 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.

The Secret Gospel of Thomas. Based on the book’s title, I had expected beoynd of a technical analysis of the Gospel of Thomas, but an analysis of that Gospel took up only part of the book.

What the farmer found

With Mark as the oldest surviving gospel after a purportedly undiscovered Q Gospel. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

I enjoyed reading the book, overall, but found myself more interested in what Pagels leaves out, and why