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  •  I read a couple of Elaine Pagels books (1+ / 0-)
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    thanatokephaloides

    but it was probably 20 years ago. I vividly remember one of the points she made.

    She said we think of the Roman Catholic Church as the single Christian church during the Middle Ages, and then later the various Protestants came along and Christianity split up. But she said in the early days -- the first few hundred years after the crucifixion -- every church was different. And each church made up their own rules. Some allowed women or slaves to be preachers. Some only allowed circumcised Jews to join their church. And some (the gnostics) thought that Jesus was a person who became a god and anybody could do the same thing (sort of like anyone can become a buddha or boddhisatva).

    Then the church was incorporated into the Roman Empire and they had to make rules and hierarchies. Multiple churches became one church (ruled by the Pope) and then it split into multiples again.

    "Stupid just can't keep its mouth shut." -- SweetAuntFanny's grandmother.

    by Dbug on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 05:57:12 PM PDT

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