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Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas - Pagels, Elaine
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Special edition including the complete text of the Gospel of Thomas Elaine Pagels, one of the world's most important writers and thinkers on religion and history, and winner of the National Book Award for her groundbreaking work "The Gnostic Gospels," now reflects on what matters most about spiritual and religious exploration in the twenty-first century. This bold new book explores how Christianity began by tracing its earliest texts, including the secret Gospel of Thomas, rediscovered in Egypt in 1945. When her infant son was diagnosed with fatal pulmonary hypertension, Elaine Pagels's spiritual and intellectual quest took on a new urgency, leading her to explore historical and archeological sources and to investigate what Jesus and his teachings meant to his followers before the invention of doctrine-and before the invention of Christianity as we know it. The astonishing discovery of the Gospel of Thomas, along with more than fifty other early Christian texts unknown since antiquity, offers startling clues. Pagels compares such sources as Thomas's gospel (which claims to give Jesus' secret teaching, and finds its closest affinities with kabbalah) with the canonic texts to show how Christian leaders chose to include some gospels and exclude others from the collection we have come to know as the New Testament. To stabilize the emerging Christian church in times of devastating persecution, the church fathers constructed the canon, creed, and hierarchy-and, in the process, suppressed many of its spiritual resources. Drawing on new scholarship-her own, and that of an international group of scholars-that has come to light since the publication in 1979 of The Gnostic Gospels, Pagels shows that what matters about Christianity involves much more than any one set of beliefs. Traditions embodied in Judaism and Christianity can powerfully affect us in heart, mind, and spirit, inspire visions of a new society based on practicing justice and love, even heal and transform us. Provocative, beautifully written, and moving, "Beyond Belief," the most personal of Pagels's books to date, shows how "the impulse to seek God overflows the narrow banks of a single tradition." Pagels writes, "What I have come to love in the wealth and diversity of our religious traditions-and the communities that sustain them-is that they offer the testimony of innumerable people to spiritual discovery, encouraging us, in Jesus' words, to 'seek, and you shall find.'" Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas Pagels, Elaine, Random House

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Shortly after Elaine Pagels' two-and-half-year-old son was diagnosed with a rare lung disease, the religion professor found herself drawn to a Christian church again for the first time in many years. In Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas Pagels, best know for her National Book Award-winning The Gnostic Gospels, wrestles with her own faith as she struggles to understand when--and why--Christianity became associated almost exclusively with the ideas codified in the fourth-century Nicene Creed and in the canonical texts of the New Testament. In her exploration, she uncovers the richness and diversity of Christian philosophy that has only become available since the discovery of the Nag Hammadi texts. At the center of Beyond Belief is what Pagels identifies as a textual battle between The Gospel of Thomas (rediscovered in Egypt in 1945) and The Gospel of John. While these gospels have many superficial similarities, Pagels demonstrates that John, unlike Thomas, declares that Jesus is equivalent to "God the Father" as identified in the Old Testament. Thomas, in contrast, shares with other supposed secret teachings a belief that Jesus is not God but, rather, is a teacher who seeks to uncover the divine light in all human beings. Pagels then shows how the Gospel of John was used by Bishop Irenaeus of Lyon and others to define orthodoxy during the second and third centuries. The secret teachings were literally driven underground, disappearing until t apocrypha,christian books and bibles,church history,education and reference,other religions practices and sacred texts,reference,religion and spirituality,theology Other Religions, Practices & Sacred Texts, Random House

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[EAN: 9780375501562], Gebraucht, sehr guter Zustand, [PU: Random House, U.S.A.], KABALLAH EARLY CHRISTIANITY CANONICAL GNOSTIC GNOSTICISM GOSPELS, Religion|Antiquities & Archaeology, Religion|Christianity|History, Religion|History, Religion|Judaism|Kabbalah & Mysticism, Religion|Christianity|Canon & Ecclesiastical Law, Religion|Bible Studies|Criticism, Interpretation|New Testament, Religion|Christianity|General, Religion|Christianity|Literature, Jacket, This work examines Thomas' Gospel to shed light on the Gnostics and finds many similarities to Jewish Kabbalah. Pagels argues that the Christian canon shouldn't be interpreted as the only vehicle for understanding the development of Christianity or its relationship to Judaism. This edition includes the complete text of the Gospel of Thomas. Signed by Author on half-title page : "With best wishes from Elaine Pagels". Book Condition : Very Good; a few small spots to front free end paper and text block; crease to front free end paper; text unmarked. Dust Jacket Condition : Very Good; light rubbing; shelf wear to top edge.

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Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas
Author:

Pagels, Elaine H.

Title:

Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas

ISBN:

0375501568

During the last 25 years, award-winning author Pagels has been on a personal and intellectual quest to understand the origins of Christianity. In this exciting new book, she traces the source to the Gospel of Thomas.

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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780375501562
ISBN (ISBN-10): 0375501568
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Publishing year: 2003
Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE
272 Pages
Weight: 0,408 kg
Language: eng/Englisch

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