"Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation" By Elaine Pagels
"Pagels treats the Arian controversy as if it were not the big ordeal everyone seems to have made it."
Deciding which religious books are going to rule your life is no small issue. In a word, it is called "canon" (kanon), the "measure" by which a religious community seeks to comply in its religious thought, ethics, life, and even discipline. Therefore, when a church discourses on such matters, it cuts to the very heart of religion.
Elaine Pagels is a professor of religion at Princeton, well known for her work on the so-called Gnostic Gospels’documents found among the Nag Hammadi Codice in 1945. They are documents that recently have received ...