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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The faithful always had an inarticulate sense sensus fidelium that these dogmas were implicit in the Gospel and indeed central to it: Some see it as a pathway to freedom and liberation while others see it as a rationalization of and treatment for mankind’s depravity.

What many may find most objectionable is the questions she raises regarding Augustine’s theology, and by implication the Western Church’s theology.

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Pagels Snippet view – This book is re-working of several scholarly articles that Pagels had written for the general audience. Her book is continuously rewarding and illuminating. There are strong feminist undercurrents in this book.

Jun 04, Taylor Storey rated it really liked it. Original Sin is still the official doctrine of the Catholic Church pgaels yet the weaknesses of its theological underpinnings are glaring, as revealed by Pagels. The kicker is that we weren’t even arguing hte stuff Jesus said. As the foundation of her analysis of the doctrine of original sin, Pagels appeals to what she regards as the pillars of Protestantism: It became increasingly concerned with structure, discipline, obedience, and corporate purity.

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

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. If you have any interest in the fundamental nature of Christianity and the nature of mankind as viewed thr Dense, complex and enthralling.

But the popular acceptance of these dogmas was not brought about by abstruse argument or even by the exercise of church authority. Pagels has managed in adak brief space of or so pages to tell the tale with remarkable clarity and understanding.


Thus what Pagels presents in chapter 5 as an almost monolithic foil for Augustine’s reading of Genesis is actually tied to pre-Augustinian readings of Genesis by two yhe threads widely separated in the course of the first four chapters, and these are treated only summarily.

The book is a little denser in terms of its scholarship than other Pagels books. Christians from Paul to Jerome proclaimed their freedom from the Roman social fabric by their espousal of celibacy, and, until Constantinewere prepared to demonstrate their liberty from demonically inspired imperial persecution by their own deaths.

Every great story must have a villain and while some might assume in a work of this nature, dealing with views of freedom and sexuality in the early Christian church, that this would have to be the serpent in the title.

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Oct 05, Pages Buy. Originally labeled heretical by the Pope, Augustine’s reading of Genesis was later lobbied not only into acceptance but dominance that is so long-standing, so pervasive that we automatically take it for granted.

He is a senior editor of Touchstone. Most theologians of the early church believed that human beings were created as good, and in the image of God. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. As outsiders, believers could grasp and express free will by cheerful martyrdom and by leading personally pure lives. Without her expert unfolding, clear understanding of serpen we are religiously, morally, culturally and sexually is much more difficult if not impossible.

One ought also to learn and understand how the faith started and how it came to be as it is when one finds it.

I’ve just touched on just a few spots. I sdam enjoyed a couple of pages in which Pagels discussed why people have This is really a book about how the concept of original sin evolved and became Catholic doctrine.

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Sex and Politics in Early Christianity. Although the deutero-Pauline letters differ from one another in many ways, on practical matters they all agree. And also some who were considered heretics.

Adam, Eve, and the Serpent

In the first couple of centuries A. Even less can he be trusted to govern someone else, especially since the fall has made man subject to the libido dominandi, a desire to dominate others that is as strong and consuming as sexual desire. Augustine, whose views eventually became dogma, derived many of his ideas from this story: Buy the selected items together This item: If I were to make any critiques, it would be that she all but ignores the church’s split between the Greek East and the Latin West, which — although still informal at the time of Augustine — was far more important in tje why Eastern fathers like John Chrysostom differed so strongly from Augustine on issues like human nature than Pagels gives it credit for.

An illuminating and inspiring piece of scholarship.