The Gnostic Gospels Part 8; “In Conclusion”

The following blog contains notes gathered from “The Gnostic Gospels” by Elaine Pagels detailing the origins of Christianity.

History is written by the winners, their way. No surprise that the traditional accounts of the origin of Christianity are written from the viewpoint of the successful majority. Ecclesiastical Christians coined the terms “Orthodox” & “Heretical” then proceeded to say their victory was “guided by the Holy Spirit.” Not mentioning the fact that once the Catholic Church received political and military backing from the Romans, the “War for Christianity” turned violent and was really soldiers vs. pacifist; with, of course, the soldiers coming out on top.

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The Gnostic Gospels Part 7; “Gnosis: Knowledge of Self”

The following blog contains notes gathered from “The Gnostic Gospels” by Elaine Pagels detailing the origins of Christianity.

The Gospel of John is one orthodox book that the Gnostics also claim “as their own” and is used as a primary source of teaching. Within the emerging church, there was opposition to include John in the New Testament. What made John acceptably “orthodox” while the church rejected the Gospel of Thomas and other “Gnostic” writings?

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The Gnostic Gospels Part 6; “Whose Church is the True Church”?

The following blog contains notes gathered from “The Gnostic Gospels” by Elaine Pagels detailing the origins of Christianity.

For 2,000 years Christian tradition has denounced Gnostic teachings and virtually destroyed all over their writings. With the discovery at Nag Hammadi we finally were able to see another perspective in the evolution of Christianity. Gnostics felt persecuted by not only pagans but by fellow brothers in Christ who viewed Jesus’ message differently from their own.

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The Gnostic Gospels Part 5; “The Passion of Christ”

The following blog contains notes gathered from “The Gnostic Gospels” by Elaine Pagels detailing the origins of Christianity.

There is only one fact on which nearly all accounts about Jesus of Nazareth, whether by hostiles or those devoted to him, agree upon; he was condemned and crucified (circa 30 A.D.) by the order of Roman prefect, Pontius Pilate. An aristocratic Roman Historian Tactius (circa 55-115 A.D.), knowing virtually nothing about Jesus, mentions only this in his writings of Rome.

Relating the history of Emperor Nero (circa 54-58 A.D.) he states Nero had people; “…punished with the utmost refinements of cruelty, a class of persons hated for their vices, which the crowd called Christians. Christus, the founder of the name, had undergone the death penalty… by sentence of procurator Pontius Pilate… the pernicious superstition was checked for a moment, only to break out once more, not only in Judea, the home of the disease, but in the capital itself, where everything horrible or shameful in the world gathers and becomes fashionable.”

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