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  • The Gnostic Gospels

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Elaine Pagels
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (141)

    The Gnostic Gospels provides engaging listening for those seeking a broader perspective on the early development of Christianity. Author and noted scholar Elaine Pagels suggests that Christianity could have developed quite differently if Gnostic texts had become part of the Christian canon.

    Colin says: "A must-read"
    "Too feminist for me"
    Overall

    The author is an acknowledged expert on the Gnostic Gospels having wrote a Ph.D in the subject at Harvard and Oxford. But, a feminist slant appears about 3 hours into the work and it then becomes a thinly veiled platform for a feminist agenda. I lost interest in the audiobook then.

    The narrator also seems to get agitated when discussing the unfair way in which Paul describes the role of women in the Church --this having little to do with the Gnostic Gospels directly.

    You will like this book if you are a feminist and are searching for early Christian texts that confirm your predispositions. I find it peculiar that the God that created the universe would care whether Jesus kissed Mary on the mouth.

    I found Paul Johnson's book on the History of Christianity more interesting although it is not unfortunately for offer on audio.

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