Elaine Pagel's newest release, entitled: Trannies, Terror and Tradition: The Gnostic Transsexual Gospel
is due to hit shelves this week.
The 728 page text analyzes the final verses of the Gospel of Thomas, which Dr. Pagels believes indicate an early form of gender re-assignment among the first Christians:
"Simon Peter said to them, 'Make Mary leave us, for females don't deserve life."
Jesus said, 'Look, I will guide her to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every female who makes herself male will enter the kingdom of Heaven."
Pagels is convinced that this dynamic view of gender was suppressed by proto-orthodox Christians, who used their enormous treasuries to fund Peloponnesian mercenaries, charging them to eradicate all opposing sects.