Yesterday I came across a book that I started reading last night and found it hard to put down: According to Mary, The Life of Mary Magdalene, a novel by Marianne Fredriksson. The author, fascinated by the contradictions in religious history, after she had read Simone Weil's (a Catholic) Letter to a Dominican, began searching for answers. "How did Jesus, whose foremost message is forgiveness and mercy, become the judgmental god? How could his determined distancing himself from priests and those learned in the scriptures lay the foundations to a religion with such harsh regulations, domination, and hierarchy?" Fredriksson asked. Eventually she ended up in the Nag Hammadi Library and happened to come upon the fragment of the Gospel according to Mary Magdalene, and this book was born.
I'm fairly open-minded. I will listen to both sides of a story before I make up my mind (sometimes my mind is never made up), and I found those questions compelling, mainly because they had often occurred to me too.