A book of more than passing interest
- The noted scholar and writerElain H. Pagels has built herlatest book around myfavorite of the pre-canonical(before the pulpit parrotstook over) renderings of theteachings of Jesus, thesublime Gospel of Thomas.Here's a blurb about "BeyondBelief: The Secret Gospel ofThomas." I haven't read ityet myself, but I rejoice insuch a popular and respectedauthor putting her pen to thesubject -- and at less than$15 discounted, even thenear-paupers among us can toown what imo promises to be avery important work!_____Over the last twenty-five years, award-winning author Elaine Pagels has been on a personal and intellectual quest to understand the origins of Christianity, and in this exciting new book, she traces the source to the Gospel of Thomas. When her infant son is diagnosed with fatal pulmonary hypertension, Elaine Pagels's spiritual quest takes on a new urgency. In Beyond Belief, her most personal book, she reexamines the faith of the early Christians, revealing a path toward transformation that was offered before Christianity became, for many simply a set of beliefs. Pagels shows that both the New Testament's Gospel of John and the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas draw on the same sources of Jesus' teaching, but interpret these in different ways. While both see Jesus as revealing the divine light of God, in the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus urges each one of us to seek that divine light within, since all are created in the image of God. But the Gospel of John insists that Jesus alone reveals God, and that only those who believe in him are saved. The Church's decision to include John in the New Testament and reject Thomas as heresy has decisively shaped Christianity ever since. In Beyond Belief, Pagels lends stunning new interpretations to the virgin birth, the creation of Eve, and the nature ofour relationship with God. Pagels's scholarship is accessible and alive, and, as with The Gnostic Gospels, it will challenge and transform what we know of Christianity.