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doc ✓ The Origin of Satan Paperback ä elaine pagels ä ➽ [Reading] ➿ The Origin of Satan By Elaine Pagels ➲ – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk From the religious historian whose The Gnostic Gospels won both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award comes a dramatic interExploration of Christianity's shadow side in which the gospel of love gives way to irrational hatreds that continue to haunt Christians and non Christians alik Ideological movements may or may not have a God or Gods but all ideological movements have a devil Us vs them dynamics is a hallmark of all movements that reuire costly commitments Such movements need an othering symbol of evil Zoroastrians were the first to employ this dynamic so effectively to discipline followers This is a really good thing to keep followers in line This is exactly the kind of things that helped grow a countercultural movement and help consolidate its power and discipline adherents to orthodoxy once it becomes an established faith It is almost as if the idea of Satan is a political innovation taken from a religious context and used to establish worldly power Pagels sometimes reads a little too much of the present into the past but she does have a really good eye for political dynamics of power in early Christianity And she writes in a clear down to earth manner that makes it easily digestible Believers and nonbelievers can get takeaways from her books see my updates for

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Ion of Satan and his role on the Christian tradition With magisterial learning and the elan of a born storyteller Pagels turns Satan's story into an audacious This is another of Elaine Pagels' popular books about early Christianity The topic of this one is what Jungians refer to as the Shadow and how the figure of Satan the adversary came to be converted from a member of the divine court to the archetypal opponent and opposite of God and how his spirit came to be projected and seen as animating all opponents including fellow Christians in the context of political and cultural conflicts

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The Origin of SatanFrom the religious historian whose The Gnostic Gospels won both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award comes a dramatic interpretat Too many assumptions too much guesswork too many leaps of faith too much specious reasoning especially from an author who wishes to be taken seriously I have to admit that I'm actually biased against her as a scholar because of her shoddy work on gnosticism she writes about it as though it were universally empowering for women and liberating for humans as sexual beings then ignores the numerous misogynistic depictions of women the assertions that women cannot enter the Kingdom of God unless they become men and the widely varying approaches to sexuality within gnosticism which ranged from orgies to absolute celibacy because after all gnosticism was a category invented at an academic conference in Italy in the 1960s to describe a bunch of totally unrelated sects religions But she brings a similar approach to this work cherry picking her sources to accord with the conclusions she had reached before doing her research then ignoring or misrepresenting the evidence which contradicts her thesis She's definitely a popular author rather than a rigorous academic For those looking for the religious studies euivalent of pulp this is for you For those looking for something incisive and insightful look elsewhere