Beyond Belief by Elaine Pagels audiobook

Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas

By Elaine Pagels
Read by Cassandra Campbell

Random House Audio
6.28 Hours 1
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In Beyond Belief, renowned religion scholar Elaine Pagels continues her groundbreaking examination of the earliest Christian texts, arguing for an ongoing assessment of faith and a questioning of religious orthodoxy. Spurred on by personal tragedy and new scholarship from an international group of researchers, Pagels returns to her investigation of the “secret” Gospel of Thomas, and breathes new life into writings once thought heretical. As she arrives at an ever-deeper conviction in her own faith, Pagels reveals how faith allows for a diversity of interpretations, and that the “rogue” voices of Christianity encourage and sustain “the recognition of the light within us all.”

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Summary

Summary

In Beyond Belief, renowned religion scholar Elaine Pagels continues her groundbreaking examination of the earliest Christian texts, arguing for an ongoing assessment of faith and a questioning of religious orthodoxy. Spurred on by personal tragedy and new scholarship from an international group of researchers, Pagels returns to her investigation of the “secret” Gospel of Thomas, and breathes new life into writings once thought heretical. As she arrives at an ever-deeper conviction in her own faith, Pagels reveals how faith allows for a diversity of interpretations, and that the “rogue” voices of Christianity encourage and sustain “the recognition of the light within us all.”

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This luminous and accessible history of early Christian thought offers profound and crucial insights on the nature of God, revelation, and what we mean by religious truth.” Karen Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author of The Case for God
“Lucid…a spiritual as well as an intellectual exercise…[Pagels] seems to rejoice that in the earliest years of Christianity there existed these strange, dissident doctrines.” New York Times Book Review
“With the winning combination of sound scholarship, deep insight and a crystal clear prose style…[Beyond Belief] portrays the rich and beautiful heritage that was lost when champions of religious orthodoxy turned on many of their fellow Christians and declared them ‘heretics.’” Los Angeles Times
“As relevant as today’s front page.” Washington Post Book World
“Pagels has accomplished a very rare thing, an examination of early religious writings that is a good read, accessible, and at times even dramatic and poignant.” Columbus Dispatch
“Brilliantly lucid, elegantly written…[Pagels’] book is so readable you can’t put it down.” Providence Journal-Bulletin
“This remarkable book will stir and provoke thought. It offers rewards to any reader concerned with the promise and power of faith, and the hunger for spiritual discovery.” Christian Science Monitor
Beyond Belief offers a profound framework with which to examine Christian history and contemporary Christian faith, and Pagels renders her scholarship in a highly readable narrative.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“Pagels’ writing—spare, elegant, and provocative—leads readers step-by-step down a spiritual path to one’s inner self. Even those who possess only a nodding acquaintance with Gnostic writings will find themselves stimulated by her arguments and perhaps transformed by her conclusions. A fresh and exciting work of theology and spirituality.” Booklist (starred review)
“Exhilarating reading, Pagels’ book offers a model of careful and thoughtful scholarship in the lively and exciting prose of a good mystery writer.” Publishers Weekly
“Just as topical today as it was nearly two thousand years ago…Pagels is great at pulling together the details that allow us to understand not only what people were arguing about but why.” San Jose Mercury News
“Majestic…Exhilarating reading, Pagels’ book offers a model of careful and thoughtful scholarship in the lively and exciting prose of a mystery writer.” Publishers Weekly

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Author Bio: Elaine Pagels

Author Bio: Elaine Pagels

Elaine Pagels taught at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she chaired the department of religion. She is now the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University. She is the author of several books on religious subjects and was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1981.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Religion
Runtime: 6.28
Audience: Adult
Language: English