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The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine H. Pagels
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May 08, 09

Read in May, 2009

I stopped one-fifth into this book. Elaine Pagels, a PHD in religious studies in from Harvard, gives an mildly interesting back story to the discovery of the "gnostic" gospels of Nag Hammadi. The book is heavy on judgements/opinions and light on facts/justifications. One more interested in getting someone's opinions concerning these actual historical documents may find this book interesting. I was hoping for a more fact-based explanation and dissertation on these gospels, allowing me to form my own opinions and judgments. After several chapters it was clear I would gain very few real facts while wading through a significant level of opinion. With all the books in the world, I decided this was not the book for me.

In addition to "The Gnostic Gospels", I have read several other accounts of these texts, as well as novels such as "The Da Vinci Code", and they all share the same message: what you have been taught is inferior to what you don't know, and has been taught to you for immoral motives. This opinion reeks of superiority and lacks tangible, fact-based reason. An open debate between competing thoughts is one thing, a shallowly supported,"you are uninformed, you simple sheep", opinion is quite different. Present both sides, then opinion, or I will move on to an author who is able and motivated to do so.

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message 1: by Josh (new)

Josh A total misreading of the book. To compare it to the Da Vinci Code is an insult.

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