“For her exploration of faith and its traditions. Through her study of ancient manuscripts and other scholarly work, she has generated new interest and dialogue about our contemporary search for knowledge and meaning.” - National Endowment for the Humanities
Congratulations to Dr. Elaine Pagels on receiving a National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama. Dr. Pagels joins an esteemed group of individuals, including Elie Wiesel, Joyce Carol Oates, and Wynton Marsalis, who have deepened “our understanding of ourselves, our history, and our culture.”
A Princeton University professor, Dr. Pagels is a preeminent figure in the theological community. The recipient of Rockefeller, Guggenheim, and MacArthur Fellowships, she has earned international acclaim for her impressive body of work. Her signature text, The Gnostic Gospels, is considered one of the best books of the 20th century and transformed the way we view Christianity. This bestseller won both the National Book Award and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award. Her other books include The New York Times bestsellers Beyond Belief and Revelations.
Her 2018 book, Why Religion?, will use her own life as a case study to rethink our connection to the spiritual dimension of the human experience.