Under The Sun

Monday, December 01, 2003

"Origen even suggests that the holy spirit inserted such contradictions into John's gospel in order to startle the reader into asking what they mean, and to show that these stories are not meant to be taken literally."
--Elaine Pagels, Beyond Belief

Origen wrote in the 3rd century CE. As Pagels shows, the early Christians understood many things about their religion that the later church more or less intentionally forgot.

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