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Elaine Pagels



Elaine Pagels, PhD, is an American religious historian, professor, writer, and speaker whose research centers on early Christianity and Gnosticism. Her book The Gnostic Gospels, published in 1979, examines the diversity and the divisions in the early Christian church, and the way women have been viewed throughout Jewish and Christian history.

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Author Elaine Pagels Explores Why Humans Rely on Religious Belief

Why do people have faith in what they cannot see? Author Elaine Pagels explores the concept of religious belief, and shares her own experience with finding faith in the face of tragedy, in her new book, “Why Religion?” Jeffrey Brown caught up with Pagels at this year’s Miami Book Fair.

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

Deepens and refreshes our view of early Christianity while casting a disturbing light on the evolution of the attitudes passed down to us.

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How We Create Our Spirituality and How It Creates Us

The mystery undergirding lived reality — why we die, why we suffer, why we love — is at the heart of acclaimed historian Elaine Pagels’ new book, “Why Religion?: A Personal Story.”

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FindCenter Quotes ImageWhat Christians see, or claim to see, in Genesis 1-3 changed as the church itself changed from a dissident Jewish sect to a popular movement persecuted by the Roman government, and changed further as this movement increasingly gained members throughout Roman society, until finally even the Roman...

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The Nag Hammadi Scriptures: The Revised and Updated Translation of Sacred Gnostic Texts Complete in One Volume

The Nag Hammadi Scriptures, edited by Marvin Meyer, is the most complete, up-to-date, one-volume, English-language edition of the renowned library of Gnostic manuscripts discovered in Egypt in 1945, which rivaled the Dead Sea Scrolls find in significance.

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Here’s What Losing My Child Taught Me About Unbearable Pain

Elaine Pagels and her husband, Heinz, are dealing with unimaginable loss: the death of their young son Mark, due to a diagnosis an incredibly rare, and fatal disease: pulmonary hypertension.

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Elaine Pagels - What Do "Secret Gospels" Suggest About Jesus and His Teaching?

The evening session was a conversation between Dr.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageI sometimes encountered, in churches and elsewhere—in the presence of a venerable Buddhist monk, in the cantor’s singing at a bar mitzvah, and on mountain hikes—something compelling, powerful, even terrifying that I could not ignore, and I had come to see that, besides belief, Christianity involves...

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Living Buddha, Living Christ (20th Anniversary Edition)

The 20th anniversary edition of the classic text, updated, revised, and featuring a Mindful Living Journal.

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The Last Trumpet

Elaine Pagels examines the history of the Book of Revelation.

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