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The Origin of Satan epub ç Paperback ☆ insolpro ´ [Reading] ➮ The Origin of Satan ➶ Elaine Pagels – From the religious historian whose The Gnostic Gospels won both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award comes a dramatic interpretation of Satan and his role oExploration 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 Elaine Pagels does a wonderful job of tracing her theme through the period before Christ into the period of the rise and fall of gnosticism Her arguments are precise and clearly explained not falling into academic jargon I will certainly read of her books in the futureWhile others have done a fine job of explaining the theme of the book see Robert Mitchell's matter of fact review I would like to go off on a bit of a tangent about what the book can tell us about humanity Pagels tells how first Jews them Christians developed the idea of Satan and the concept of demonization in order to create an identity for themselves distinct from the others This basic idea of usthem is of course nothing new invented by the Jews and Christians in the first centuries CE There's every possibility that 'we' exterminated 'them' the neanderthals with much the same thing in mind And of course our known history is largely made up of struggles between 'us' and 'them' Greeks and barbarians; Jews and Gentiles; aryans and non aryans; communists and capitalists whatever that is; democracy against dictatorships; British against heathen; cowboys and Indians; and good guys and bad guys Identity distinguishing ourselves from others is obviously part of our genetic makeup It was necessary for survival at one time Perhaps it still is What we need to understand and this is clear in Pagels' book is that we create these differences They are not real and we cannot use them to justify our actions When Shi'ite kills Sunni or when Christian kills Muslim in the name of some invented division we are still playing out the game that Pagels describes When one looks at American politics with its vehement distinctions between 'liberals' and 'conservatives' Democrats and Republicans wherein the other side is described in terms that are little different from those of the 2nd century it becomes clear that we are not moving in an evolutionary sense And there is no reason to believe that we will The world is still populated by demons Of course I have no sense of 'wethem' It's just 'me' and 'all the rest of you' Not to be mistaken for 'I and Thou' I wish you would all get your act together You're driving me crazy Perhaps it is time to re read I and Thou

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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