Posted on 11/11/2018 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Religion scholar Elaine Pagels’s spiritual journey, to put it mildly, has been more comprehensive than most people’s.

Raised moderately Methodist, she was born again with Billy Graham as a teenager, came to question the faith after a friend’s death, and then somehow found her way to becoming a religion scholar.

Along the way, she experienced deep tragedy in the death of her young son and then her husband — the grief over which sent her to the teachings of Trappist monks and ancient Hebrew and Christian texts.

Pagels has combined these two themes in a new book — part memoir, part biblical scholarship — called Why Religion?: A Personal Story.

You can listen to discuss it with Terry Gross on Fresh Air or read the transcript on NPR’s website.

Categories: Author Interview

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