Beyond Belief: The S (Lib)(CD) (Abridged / Compact Disc, Abridged)
Spurred by personal tragedy, Elaine Pagels turns to a consideration of the Gnostic Gospels - in particular, the Gospel of Thomas. As opposed to the Gospel of John, which asserted that Jesus was an eternally existing aspect of God who came to earth to save humankind, the "secret" Gospel of Thomas agrees that Jesus was in some sense divine, but says that a streak of divinity can be found in all of us. The Church Fathers did not like Thomas's ideas, and attempted to suppress his Gospel as heretical. Pagels believes that Thomas's words lead to a more open, welcoming, and equitable kind of Christianity. If Beyond Belief is at odds with conservative theological certainties, it nonetheless speaks to Jesus's humanity - and to our own.