Adam, Eve, and the Serpent. Elaine Pagels. Reviewed by Frank Thomas Smith. In The Gnostic Gospels, reviewed in Number 2 of Southern Cross Review. In Adam, Eve, and the Serpent, Pagels traces the interpretation of Genesis from the Second Temple period through Augustine’s battles with the Pelagians. “How did the early Christians come to believe that sex was inherently sinful? When did the Fall of Adam become synonymous with the fall of all humanity?.
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These differences may be largely explained by the circumstances in which the Epistles were written. Listening to their statements, which generally begin, “The Bible says About half the book deals with Augustine’s interpretations and the other half is the people he argued against. Adam, Eve, and the Serpent: Account Options Sign in. Lengthy quotes and summaries are provided of each of them.
The book is a little denser in terms of its scholarship than other Pagels books. As a young researcher at An College, she changed forever the historical landscape of the Christian religion by exploding the myth of the early Christian Church as a unified movement.
From the Winter, issue of Touchstone. This one, however, gives a coherent picture of what they will never teach in confirmation class but which nonetheless has formed and directed what is taught in confirmation class.
Adam, Eve, and the Serpent
How can people govern themselves if they’re innately sinful? He came to save each person as much as he came to save all.
Without her expert unfolding, clear understanding of who we are religiously, morally, culturally and sexually is much more difficult if not impossible. Looking for More Great Reads? Elaine Pagels is obviously one of them, and she knows what she is talking about. Pagels also has a slight feminist angle, which I love though it certainly does not come close to being the central serpfnt of inquiry in this work.
Some other quotes which I found quite pertinent: The Kingdom of God Is at Hand. How did Christianity change from a movement proclaiming freedom and liberation to a movement announcing human enslavement to sin?
Adam, Eve, and the Serpent: Sex and Politics in Early Christianity by Elaine Pagels
The East Germans who have flocked to West Germany headed for the prostitutes and porn shops; one of the patels acts of revolutionary Romania was to legalize abortion. As time went on, the membership of the Christian sect grew. As a serppent researcher at Barnard College, she changed forever the historical landscape of the Christian r Elaine Pagels is a preeminent figure in the theological community whose scholarship has earned her international respect.
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You know the ones: It is curious that Pagels does not mention this passage from Augustine. However, she simply assumes these contradictions, and does not bother to prove they really exist in the Pauline Epistles. Return to Book Page.
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For moral self-restraint is common to all human beings who have chosen it. Also by Elaine Pagels. In the first couple of centuries A. I find the seriousness which this obviously ludicrous myth is debated amazing, but completely astounding is that the interpretation Augustine came up with became the one the religion went with. It also explained how the Catholic Church understood Original Sin and the implications of this. Most theologians of the early church believed that human beings were created as good, and in the image of God.
Then we see a treatment of persecution of Christians by the Roman empire, interpretations of Genesis by gnostic authors, and the elevation of the status of celibacy as the most conducive to holiness. 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 understanding why Eastern fathers like John Chrysostom differed so strongly from Augustine on issues like human nature than Pagels gives it credit for.
Pagels Vintage Books- Religion – pages 10 Reviews https: Since Christ came to save the newborn child as much as the hardened sinner, the seriousness of original sin, the only sin that can possibly exist in the child, is mirrored in the price paid to cleanse him from it: So consumed was Irenaeus with the gnostics that he composed a multi-volume refutation of their divergent beliefs.
She isn’t writing from a Christian, this is right, point of view. James website, pagles publisher of Touchstone. Aug 21, Amanda added it Shelves: If I pursue a graduate degree, at this vee it would probably be connected in some form to early church history. 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.
Adam, Eve, and the Serpent: Sex and Politics in Early Christianity
That being said, this book nails the topic I think is most important to the way I and many others are living life whether you know it or not: It seems “natural” to Westerners to associate sex and sin; women and sinful temptation. Learn in silence with all humility. I really enjoy Pagels’ work. This book looks at some of the aadam at the core of Christian belief and practice and helps to sort out for the reader how they came to be as they seroent stated today.
Acam documents found in Egypt had obviously been hidden there to preserve them serpenr destruction. 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?
Scriptural interpretation by the Latin and Greek Fathers of the Church seems far removed from the social and theological controversies of the twentieth century. Pagels sees Christian virginity and the freedom it brings as an escape from obligation and a form of proto-feminism, an early escape from biological destiny. Pagels Limited preview – Mar 24, William2 rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a history one should understand before committing to the creed that derives from it.
Just as an example, though, of what women have been putting up with for pagrls