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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Apr 11, Martin rated it liked it. In Adam, Eve, and the SerpentPagels traces the interpretation of Genesis eline the Second Temple period through Augustine’s battles with the Pelagians qnd the time period that saw the It’s clear from reading this early work by Elaine Pagels why she has become such a prominent scholar of Christian history. But it was Augustine who came up with the idea of original sin and the fact that neither death nor sex are natural, but are punishments for Adam’s sin.

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About Adam, Eve, and the Serpent Deepens and refreshes our view of early Christianity while casting a disturbing light on the evolution of the attitudes passed down to serpebt. Yet with Augustine in the late fourth and early fifth centuries this message changedInstead of the freedom of the will and humanity’s original royal dignity, Augustine emphasizes humanity’s enslavement to sin.

The book is not an introductory text, and it gets pretty dense. This book is re-working of several scholarly articles that Pagels had written for the general audience. The emphasis was not on any kind of ‘original sin’ until Augustine. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Pagels is fluent in original documents so we hear the debates translated into English, of course in elwine daunting detail.

How can people govern themselves if they’re innately sinful?

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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. It may be that Augustine and his supporters have a great deal to answer for. And she shows how what was once heresy came to shape our own attitudes toward the body and the tthe. In those opening chapters the first christians saw God blessing humanity with the freedom to self-govern. English Choose a language for shopping. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.


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No trivia or quizzes yet. Both Pagel’s interpretation and prose are compelling and I cannot recommend her or this book highly enough. The outlook of the organized church changed. Even less can he be trusted to govern someone else, especially since the fall has made man subject to the libido dominandi, a desire to dominate others that is as strong and consuming as sexual desire.

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.

This book should be required reading since it is part of the vast body of work that has enabled the West to overcome the treacheries of its Dark Age past and to move it closer to a humanist vision for society. Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation. The clearest example is the Trinitarian controversy. How did the early Christians come to believe that sex was inherently sinful?

May 13, Dan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Freedom from the law is neither for Paul nor for the early church an escape into a self-creating autonomy, as Pagels thinks. A Speculative Quarterly Review.


Also by Elaine Pagels. 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 Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. They believed that certain natural “evils,” like death and pain, were inherent to the created order, but that individual “evils,” like murder and adultery, were entirely of our own volition.

It was also becoming clear that while the vision of Revelation might some day become real, it wasn’t going to happen in the immediately foreseeable future.


Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. It is interesting to see the work and the mendacity that went into the establishment of many of these doctrinal questions associated with human freedom and sexuality.

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I was surprised to learn how little free will Augus A pageels look at early Christianity and the nuanced ways that the story of the Fall has influenced theological debates for centuries and continues to influence much that we take for granted about underlying theological assumptions today.

For what Augustine says, in simplest terms, is this: In the late fourth century derpent the fifth century, Christianity was no longer a suspect and persecuted movement; now it was the religion of emperors obligated to govern a vast and diffuse population.

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

Ships from and sold by Amazon. Both antiquity and modern writers such as Henry Chadwick in The Early Church have recognized that asceticism, including virginity, can be a disguise for self-will. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Aug 21, Amanda added it Shelves: Originally labeled heretical ppagels 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.

It was intimately bound up with a society and a government which it had previously viewed as corrupt and wicked.

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