Sunday, February 13, 2022

Feb. 13: Elaine Pagels, American historian of religion


Elaine Pagels (1943 - ) is an American historian of religion at Princeton University, specializing in early Christianity and Gnosticism. Her 1979 best-seller The Gnostic Gospels opened the eyes of many to both the variety of thought available to early Christians and the viability of female scholars in the field. Later works include Adam, Eve and the Serpent: Sex and Politics in Early Christianity, a radical view of attitudes toward women in religious history; and Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas, which contrasts Thomas with the Gospel of John.


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