This perennial best seller in the field of popular religion shows how there was a huge diversity of belief in the early church, and consequently questions the validity of the narrowness of modern doctrine. Pagels points out that many other Christian beliefs once existed, but, because they didn't support the growing power structure of the church, they were declared heresy, and their writings (including the Gnostic gospels) were destroyed.
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