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 all 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 choose not to sin? In this provocative materpiece 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. 189 pages, softcover from Vintage Books.
Bestselling author Elaine Pagels examines how the founders of the Christian church permanently revolutionized the meaning of sexuality.
"A stunning book...[that] refreshes our view of early Christianity." --Christian Science Monitor
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