NOTE: By contractual arrangement with Dr. Pagels, this archived file is available only to UNL and its associated research centers and extension offices. If you try to download this file from an Internet address outside UNL, you will be denied access. Dr. Elaine Pagels is a preeminent scholar of religious history and is the Harrington Spear Pain Professor of Religion at Princeton University. Her best-selling books, 'The Gnostic Gospels' and 'Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas,' use new research into the early history of Christianity to raise provocative questions about the basic beliefs of the Christian tradition and the social role of religion in the modern world.
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