There's more to the book, and Pagels is a good writer who manages to turn even this dubious topic into a fascinating read.
Elaine Pagels is a delight to read, and ranks up there with Karen Armstrong as a commentator and analyst of the evolution of religion.
A must read for anyone concerned about the origins of the various positions of historic Christianity regarding human sexuality.
If you are new to Pagels writings this probably isn't the best book to start with. It is at times hard to define and analyze but is an excellent read.Published 4 months ago by MsTruthSeeker
In 1989, when this book was published, Pagels was the Professor of Religion at Princeton University. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert Winer, M.D.
This book nails the topic I think is most important to the way I and many others are living life (whether you know it or not): Is human nature mostly good or mostly bad? Read morePublished 6 months ago by taylor storey
the book justifies sexual impurity and pre maritial sex as a form of political control and sexism in jewish culture. Read morePublished 6 months ago by mark ryan feltner
This book was a very interesting read. I learned quite a bit of stuff I didnt know before and was a big help with me college english course!Published 6 months ago by Jenny
This is a fascinating book with a great deal of very relevant information about how the early church did or perhaps, did not deal with sexuality. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Philip C. Campbell
An interesting examination of the conflicting theologies of early Christianity and the reasons that Augustine's version won over the others. Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. Bullard
Well researched book by author. After reading this book you will have a better understanding of the Genesis account. BravoPublished 8 months ago by Richard L. Banks, Jr.
In spite of Pagels' thorough Introduction and well-known areas of expertise, I was for some reason still looking for a comparative religions-type approach to the Eden account when... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Robert R. Mitchell