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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As part of the government, and the Patriarch of Constantinople was to be, in effect, the imperial minister of state for religion, believers were inevitably co-opted into and made part of the corruption they had always seen in the world around them. Some other quotes which I found quite pertinent: Under imperial Roman domination with its highly stratified society Christianity’s messages of freedom moral and political and egalitarianism were highly appealing.

Jan 03, Howard rated it it was amazing. The emphasis was not on any kind of ‘original sin’ until Augustine. It seems, anyone can find support for anything in the Bible and that was more true before the “orthodox” church around a. The book has some problems in that the beginning is repetitive in a couple Finally finished this one for the book group. I especially enjoyed a couple of pages in which Pagels discussed why people have the tendency to feel guilt when some travesty takes place in their lives ie “what did I do to deserve this?


Contact Contact Us Help. There is really something to be said for an academic as clearly informed and intelligent as Pagels is being able to write a book like this, which easily serves both her fellow academics and layreaders like myself.


Oct 05, Pages Buy. In her later bookreviewed here, Pagels takes up the story again, this time investigating how the traditional patterns of gender and sexual relationship arose in our society. The serpenr is not an introductory text, and it gets pretty dense.

The Fall in Genesis 3 came to be perceived as dooming man to loss of free will.

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As time went on, it attracted the notice of the authorities who frequently persecuted its members. A Speculative Quarterly Review.

He is a senior editor of Touchstone. Augustine, whose views eventually became dogma, derived many of his ideas from this story: This book thf some interesting points, particularly when discussing the gnostic gospels. The story of Adam and Eve is, like, maybe the best, most important story of all time. Finally, with the power of the Church and Empire behind him, Augustine decided that not only non-Christians, but also Christians who did not abide by his dogmas should be repressed.

That is the foundation, it seems to me, on which all of her other works build.

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

Return to Book Page. The gnostics were thus considerably anti-establishment and as such they drove Irenaeus and his fellows a little crazy.


These differences may be largely explained by the circumstances in which the Epistles were written. E,aine for telling us about the problem. Refreshingly, Pagels illustrates alternative interpretations of the Genesis story, many of which were the most prevalent and accepted interpretations of their time.

This was my second favorite Pagels book, after The Gnostic Gospels. Stay in Touch Sign up. Pagels work is hard to define much less analyze and provide a rating of. Biology is no longer destiny. Reviewed by Frank Thomas Smith.

Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. They therefore sometimes used language that sounds compatible with Pelagianism.

Having owned it for so long, I’ve forgotten why I originally bought it and there are no helpful jacket blurbs to help me know what I thought it was about even the ‘Sex and Politics Adam, Eve, and the Serpent focuses on why early Christians came to believe sex was inherently sinful. No trivia or quizzes yet. Almost invariably, controversies and heresies have been the catalyst for the clarification and definition of doctrine. Basically it is a history of the development of Christian morality in the first four centuries of the Christian Church which is still being taught in many churches today.