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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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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. James, is to provide a place where Christians of various backgrounds can speak with one another on the basis of shared belief in the fundamental doctrines of the faith as revealed in Holy Scripture and summarized in the ancient creeds of the Church.

Adam, Eve, and the Serpent

He could not get his mind reason was considered good to control his sexual urges and therefore his sexual urges and nature were sinful. But in the fourth and fifth centuries, after the emperors themselves became patrons of Christianity, the majority of Christians gradually came to say no. This book is re-working of sdrpent scholarly articles that Pagels had serpenh for the general audience.

The East Germans who have flocked to West Germany headed for the prostitutes and porn shops; one of the first acts of revolutionary Romania was to legalize abortion.

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

In this work she reviews the Judeo-Christian creation myth and its permutations in gender relations. May 11, Joy rated it liked it Shelves: Podles and his wife have six children and live in Naples, Florida.


However, after Christianity was adopted by the Roman state the message had to change to still be persuasive. Both theology and political experience led them to establish a system of government that restricted the opportunity for one person, group, or pageps to dominate others.

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So where does the sex part of this book come in? Aug 18, Robert Mitchell rated it really liked it. This book had some interesting points, particularly when discussing the gnostic gospels. It was better for the pope and for the roman empire if people were considered bad, that way they could justify their desire for more control over people. I had to put it down, for I do not wish to expend mental energy by getting angry.

In this book Elaine Pagels gives a history of the interpretation of Genesis for the first years of Christianity.

I am not a profound scholar in these matters, but I know enough to suspect that it may not have happened in quite that way. It truly is a wonderful overview of early Christian thought, that would serve as a perfect launching point for further investigation.

So Augustine acam Adam’s sin as choosing to self-govern, previous church fathers see god’s image as the opportunity to self-govern. In her later bookreviewed here, Pagels takes up the story again, this time investigating how the traditional patterns of gender and sexual relationship arose in our society. When did serpeng fall become the Fall? Christianity has done little in the area of gender equality and, in fact, has been a barrier for women to overcome.


Both Pagel’s interpretation and prose are compelling and I cannot recommend her or this book highly enough. Over 30 paagels of content! Random House, pp. Some see it as a pathway to freedom and liberation while others see it as a rationalization of and treatment for mankind’s depravity.

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A doctrine that man was weak, fallible, and unable to govern himself was more useful to an Empire and a Serrpent Church that both wanted obedience. Christ alone is born without this sin, this libido. That nitpick aside, this book holds up well for being nearly 30 years old, and the description of the debate between Augustine and Julian of Eclanum is worth whatever price you pay for it — unless you get lucky like I did, and your library leaves it on its giveaway cart!

She does not give a complete history nor does she cover all the points of controversy between the developing Orthodox and the others increasingly thought of as heretics, Gnostics for example. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

As time went on, the membership of the Christian sect grew. A dry read, but a lot of interesting insights. Yet women will be saved through bearing children, if she continues in faith and love and holiness, with modesty. This book adma another manifestation of the Kulturkampf that is being waged over the central symbols of Christianity.