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Beyond Belief The Secret Gospel of Thomas
Pagels, a writer thinker on religion history, winner of the National Book Award for The Gnostic Gospels, reflects on what matters most about spiritual religious exploration in the 21st century This book explores how Christianity began by tracing its earliest texts, including the Gospel of Thomas, rediscovered in Egypt in 1945 When her infant son was dia Pagels, a writer thinker on religion history, winner of the National Book Award for The Gnostic Gospels, reflects on what matters most about spiritual religious exploration in the 21st century This book explores how Christianity began by tracing its earliest texts, including the Gospel of Thomas, rediscovered in Egypt in 1945 When her infant son was diagnosed with fatal pulmonary hypertension, Pagels spiritual intellectual quest took on a new urgency, leading her to explore historical archaeological sources to investigate what Jesus his teachings meant to his followers before the invention of Christianity The discovery of the Gospel of Thomas, along with than 50 other early Christian texts, some unknown since antiquity, offers clues She compares such sources as Thomas gospel which claims to give Jesus secret teaching finds its closest affinities with kabbalah with the canon to show how Christian leaders chose to include some gospels exclude others from the collection many call the New Testament To stabilize the emerging church in times of persecution, church fathers constructed the canon, creed hierarchy , in the process, suppressed many of its spiritual resources Drawing on new scholarship her own that of an international group of scholars that has come to light since the 79 publication of The Gnostic Gospels, she shows that what matters about Christianity involves much than any one set of beliefs Traditions embodied in Judaism Christianity can powerfully affect us in heart, mind spirit, inspire visions of a new society based on practising justice love, even heal transform us Provocative moving, Beyond Belief, the most personal of her books to date, shows how the impulse to seek god overflows the narrow banks of a single tradition She writes, What I have come to love in the wealth diversity of our religious traditions the communities that sustain them is that they offer the testimony of innumerable people to spiritual discovery, encouraging us, in Jesus words, to seek, you shall find From the feast of Agape to the Nicene CreedGospels in conflict John Thomas God s word or human words The canon of truth the triumph of JohnConstantine the Catholic Church AcknowledgementsNotesIndex
Title : Beyond Belief The Secret Gospel of Thomas
Pages : 272 pages
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Author :  Elaine Pagels
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Language : English


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