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Why religion? a personal story by Elaine H. Pagels

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Written in English


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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-223) and index.

StatementElaine Pagels
LC ClassificationsBL43.P34 A3 2018
The Physical Object
Paginationxv, 235 pages
Number of Pages235
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL26974961M
ISBN 100062368532
ISBN 109780062368539
LC Control Number2018183665

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