Best-selling author Elaine Pagels explores the Christian religion’s historical landscape

People can reserve free tickets to March 20 event

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Join Case Western Reserve University for the 2014 F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished Lecture, featuring Elaine Pagels, religion scholar and best-selling author of The Gnostic Gospels, Revelations: Visions, Prophecy and Politics in the Book of Revelation and other respected works.

The free and public event begins at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 20, in Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.

In her keynote talk Re, Pagels will draw from her latest book, Revelations: Visions, Prophecy and Politics in the Book of Revelation. She will share the marvels found in Revelations, the final book of the Bible’s New Testament, and discuss the fascination readers have with its visions of the world’s apocalyptic demise, Judgment Day and for the future beyond this physical world.

Since 1982, Pagels has been the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University.  She has received the prestigious Rockefeller, Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellowships to support her writing and research.

Pagels’ major work, The Gnostic Gospels, forever changed the historical landscape of the Christian religion by exploding the myth of the early church as a unified movement.  She tells the story of the early church through her interpretation of 52 early Christian manuscripts discovered in Upper Egypt by a farmer digging for fertilizer and unearthing a clay jar filled with the papers.  The documents reveal a diverse community of thinkers, including roles women had, before the church became unified and structured.

Pagels earned both the National Book Critic’s Circle Award and National Book Award for The Gnostic Gospels.

The 2014 event is presented with additional support from the university’s Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. Reserve free tickets by calling 216.231.1111 or visiting clevelandorchestra.com.  For more details, visit http://case.edu/events/callahan/.

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