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The author of the book: Karen L. King
Edition: Penguin Audio
Date of issue: March 6th 2007
ISBN: 0143141864
ISBN 13: 9780143141860
Language: English
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I don't think Karen L. King has been good for Elaine Pagels's prose. I strained thoughout to hear Pagels' distinctive voice and could never quite locate it. Instead the tone seems a little rushed, a little shrill almost, as opposed to Pagels's much more relaxed and considered pace. Second, while the arguments broached here are compelling enough they never seem to go as deep as Pagels' on her own seems to go when writing without a collaborator. If you want to start with a great Pagels book try The Gnostic Gospels. This is an astonishing work. It looks at some of the gospels that were not made canonical by the early Catholic Church; that is to say, gospels that did not make it into the New Testament because they supported a non-clergy based view of Christianity. These gospels were found in Upper Egypt in 1945 near a place called Nag Hammadi. The Gnostics, basing their faith on these texts before they were expunged, preached an "inner way" to Jesus Christ that required neither priest nor institution. For this reason they were branded heretics by early Church zealots Irenaeus and Tertullian, and persecuted. The second book I would recommend as a possible starting point for those not familiar with Pagels's work is Adam, Eve & the Serpent. This volume tackles the question of why we in the West consider sex sinful today. Pagels's argument is fascinating. It turns out that it was St. Augustine of Hippo, the 4th century theologian, who pretty much single handedly created original sin--a concept, it should be emphasized, that Christians were unburdened with before his writings changed everything. Augustine, you see, was quite the rake and libertine in his youth who became guilt-ridden by his (healthy) sexuality and came to see it as a curse. Both books are must reads, which you start with is up to you.


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STANLEY

This book will make you shudder, infiltrate, and change your mind about this crazy world.

OSCAR

There are some interesting pages

MARYAM

Very controversial Vpechalenija

AARON

Not when you can say the book is better.

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