Revelation: The Most Psychedelic Book in the Bible


Season 18: Episode 49

For a very long time, The Book of Revelation has fueled Christian fears of a judgement day literally full of fire and brimstone. Some believe it's a road map to the end of days. Others say it's one big hallucination. On this episode, we hear from the woman who wrote the book on The Book.     

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Elaine Pagels is one of the world's preeminent scholars on early Christianity.

She won America's National Book Award in religion writing for  The Gnostic Gospels.

She also wrote Beyond Belief: the Secret Gospel of Thomas - which became a New York Times bestseller.


Pagels_thumb.jpgPagels is a professor of religion at Princeton University .

Between teaching, lecturing and researching, she worked over the past nine years on her latest book, Revelations: Visions, Prophecy and Politics in the Book of Revelation.

In her interiview, Prof. Pagels refers to two Dylan Thomas poems that reflect on how hope defiantly endures in the face of calamity.

They are:  Death Shall Have No Dominion (in full HERE), and A Refusal to Mourn the Death of a Child by Fire in London (in full  HERE).    

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