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Princeton’s Pagels highlights Central Congregational Politics and Religion lecture

January 3, 2012

Religious scholar Elaine Pagels of Princeton University is this year’s featured speaker at the annual Central Congregational Church Darrell West lecture on religion and politics.

Pagels will explore what she believes is the strangest and most controversial book of the Bible – the Book of Revelation.

The lecture is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday January 6. It is free and open to the public. The event is the seventh annual event.

Pagels’ best-selling book, `The Gnostic Gospels’ published in 1979, explored the myth of the early Christian Church as a unified movement through its analysis of 52 early Christian manuscripts discovered in Egypt in 1945. It also showed the prominent role of women in the early church and how it did not survive as the church became an orthodox body with a canon, rites and a formal male clergy.

Pagels will be introduced by West, a former Brown University political science professor who is currently senior vice-president at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

Central Congregational Church is located at 296 Angell Street on the East Side of Providence at the corner of Diman and Angell Streets.

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