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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Pagels has always been both a great inspiration and a fun read for me. This book explores the lagels and theology of Christianity from it’s inception to the time of Augustine.

Pagels unpeels this onio The Book of Genesis is only about four pages long but its interpretation has arguably had more impact on the character of Western views on sin and sex than any other document. Excellent insights from a scholar on the formation of the early Christian church. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Pagels No preview available – Stay in Touch Sign up. About half the book deals with Augustine’s interpretations and the other half is the people he argued against. By the beginning of the fifth century those who still held to such archaic traditions were condemned as heretics. This book is another manifestation of the Kulturkampf that is being waged over the central symbols of Christianity.


Augustine had to advance the eventually codified doctrine of Original Sin. She received a Ph.

Biology is no longer destiny. It is clear in the case of the subject at hand that the “good guys” did not win. James Calendar of the Christian Year Order today!

I’ve never read Pagels before, either, so she’s a new authour to me. Human beings are incapable of self rule, not in any genuinely good way.

Pagels unpeels this zerpent. Jul 15, Julie rated it liked it. The emphasis was not on any kind of ‘original sin’ until Augustine. Elaine Pagels is a preeminent figure in the theological community whose scholarship has earned her international respect.

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

The relevancy of these positions arrived at before the scientific revolution is therefore questionable. There were those who opposed the Augustine dogma, of course, and Pagels gives us a detailed account of the theological arguments pro and contra, fascinating reading, even today.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Adam, Eve, and the Serpent. I fear this makes me most indignant — not that the forgeries were committed, but that our worthy Christian churches continue knowingly or, more likely in the case of most clergy, ignorantly to preach lies as the truth.

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Aug 21, Amanda added it Shelves: They have seen in the dark picture of human nature that Augustine drew the negative image of the great salvation they had received.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. There are strong feminist undercurrents in this book. A glance at any catalogue of academic religious books reveals that feminism is the new orthodoxy, and that to be defensible any Christian doctrine or practice must be shown to be in accord with feminism. Pagels Snippet view – Original Sin is still the official serpeent of the Catholic Church and yet the weaknesses of its theological underpinnings are glaring, as revealed by Pagels.


It was an in-depth exploration into how pgels various interpretations of that more ancient story during the earliest days of the Christian Church came to eventually define the Church’s stance on sexual morality and it’s long and disturbing history of equating sexuality with sin. About half the book deals with Augustine’s interpretations and the other half is the people he argued against.

And those few words in this case are the elqine chapters of Genesis. Adam, Eve, and the Serpent: The anx is that we weren’t even arguing about stuff Jesus said.

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A humanist is, as a wit once observed, anyone who believes that there is more to life than chastity, dying of plague and being repressed by unscrupulous church authorities. Its been a challenge typing this review and grasping it all in my head! Subscribe to Touchstone today for full online access.

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