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2019 Montview Church Distinguished Lectureship - Dr. Elaine Pagels

  • Montview Blvd Presbyterian Church 1980 Dahlia Street Denver, CO, 80220 United States (map)
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Sunday, November 18, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Dr. Pagels will present on the Book of Revelation. Then, in dialogue with Dr. Timothy Beal, Professor of Religion at Case Western Reserve University, she will demonstrate the enormous influence of this book in Western culture and how it has played itself out in politics from the first century until today. Dr. Pagels’ recent book, Revelations, and Dr. Beal’s new book, The Book of Revelation: A Biography, will both be available for purchase.


Monday, November 19, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Drawing from her latest book, Why Religion? (to be released November 6, 2018), Dr. Pagels will share how she, given her relatively secular background, grew fascinated with questions about Christian origins and became an historian of gnosticism and early Christianity—and how that story is interwoven with events in her life that impelled her to ask the questions that she asks in her books. Here she will speak in a more personal way.

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Dr. Elaine Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Foundation Professor of Religion at Princeton University. A preeminent scholar of early Christianity, her many bestselling books include The Gnostic Gospels, The Origin of Satan, and Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation. The recipient of a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama, she has also won a National Book Award and a National Book Critic’s Circle Award. Her next book, Why Religion?, draws from her own life to rethink our connection to the spiritual dimension of human experience.

The Montview Distinguished Lectureship Series was established in 1957, and has hosted countless influential scholars and speakers including Reinhold Niebuhr, Paul Tillich, Marcus Borg, John Dominic Crossan, Anne Lamott, Teresa Fry Brown and Walter Brueggemann. Both November lectures are free and open to the public.