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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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Adam, Eve, and the Serpent

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Adam, Eve, and the SerpentPart 36, Page Vintage Books- Religion – pages. pafels

Deepens and refreshes our view of lagels Christianity while casting a disturbing light on the evolution of the attitudes passed down to us. What turned Christianity from a dissident sect that championed the integrity of the individual and the idea of free will into the bulwark of a new imperial order–with the central belief that human beings cannot not choose to sin?

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In this provocative masterpiece of historical scholarship Elaine Pagels re-creates the controversies that racked the early church as it confronted the riddles pagel sexuality, freedom, and sin as embodied in the story of Genesis. And she shows how what was once heresy came to shape our own attitudes toward the body and the soul. Selected pages Title Page.

Christians Against the Roman Order. Gnostic Improvisations on Genesis. The Paradise of Virginity Regained.

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