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Adam, Eve, and the Serpent

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Adam, Eve, and the Serpent

Sex and Politics in Early Christianity

By Elaine Pagels

Vintage, Paperback, 9780679722328, 224pp.

Publication Date: September 19, 1989

Deepens and refreshes our view of early Christianity while casting a disturbing light on the evolution of the attitudes passed down to us. 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 humanity? What turned Christianity from a dissident sect that championed the integrity of the individual and the idea of free will into the bulwark of a new imperial order with the central belief that human beings cannot not choose to sin? In this provocative masterpiece of historical scholarship Elaine Pagels re-creates the controversies that racked the early church as it confronted the riddles of sexuality, freedom, and sin as embodied in the story of Genesis. And she shows how what was once heresy came to shape our own attitudes toward the body and the soul.

About the Author
Elaine Pagelsis the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University and the author ofReading Judas, The Gnostic Gospels-winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award- and theNew York TimesbestsellerBeyond Belief. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey."

Praise For Adam, Eve, and the Serpent

"A stunning book...[that] refreshes our view of early Christianity." --Christian Science Monitor