Why Religion?: A Personal Story

Why Religion?: A Personal Story


Why is religion still around in the twenty-first century? Why do so many still believe? And how do various traditions still shape the way people experience everything from sexuality to politics, whether they are religious or not? In Why Religion? Elaine Pagels looks to her own life to help address these questions.

These questions took on a new urgency for Pagels when dealing with unimaginable loss—the death of her young son, followed a year later by the shocking loss of her husband. Here she interweaves a personal story with the work that she loves, illuminating how, for better and worse, religious traditions have shaped how we understand ourselves; how we relate to one another; and, most importantly, how to get through the most difficult challenges we face.

Drawing upon the perspectives of neurologists, anthropologists, and historians, as well as her own research, Pagels opens unexpected ways of understanding persistent religious aspects of our culture.

A provocative and deeply moving account from one of the most compelling religious thinkers at work today, Why Religion? explores the spiritual dimension of human experience.


  • chapter 01
    Duración: 30s
  • chapter 02
    Duración: 03min
  • chapter 03
    Duración: 01h10min
  • chapter 04
    Duración: 48min
  • chapter 05
    Duración: 01h08min
  • chapter 06
    Duración: 27min
  • chapter 07
    Duración: 59min
  • chapter 08
    Duración: 57min
  • chapter 09
    Duración: 38min
  • chapter 10
    Duración: 55min
  • chapter 11
    Duración: 55s