Lost Christianities. The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew. Bart D. Ehrman. Shows how early forms of Christianity came to be. These are just a few of the many provocative questions you explore in Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication. In Lost Christianities, Bart D. Ehrman offers a fascinating look at these early forms of Ehrman examines in depth the battles that raged between “proto-orthodox.

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Today people will talk about how there’s a difference between the Old Testament God of wrath and the New Testament God of love.

I found it intriguing that canonization “officially” occurred during the Council of Trent, though a letter dated AD by Alexandrian bishop Athanasius which states, “in these alone the teaching of godliness is proclaimed. Ehrman writes from the perspective of a historian, not a theologian, so he is not trying to push one particular view as “true” – his intent is to discuss what all these disparate people, who all called themselves Christians, actually believed.

Soon thereafter the Church saw a flood of books also allegedly written by the earliest followers of Jesus, forgeries in the names of the apostles, produced for decades, centuries even, after the apostles themselves were long dead and buried. However, if you’re someone who asks the hard questions and you’re willing to evolve and grow your faith as you learn more, then you’ll very likely enjoy his books.

He forces the reader to consider the possibility that their understanding of Bible along with their particular brand of faith might be rooted in something other than the Truth. There was some disturbing material as well in terms of what some of the more off-the-path sects believed.


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Jun 19, Rich DiSilvio rated it it was amazing. Well, that was a Marcionite distinction, because they really thought there were two different gods, and that was attractive to people. He does so in a very brief and effective way tracing Jewish views of God from the Exodus and the Davidic monarchy through the classical prophetic line of thought, to the emergence of apocalyptical literature, to the arrival at Gnostic thought where the material world is evil and not the product of the “true” God represented by Christ but is rather the creation of the “demiurge” Yahwehan imposter God who thinks that He is the one and only God.

What is relevant is that these “varieties” existed and that their adherents claimed to be followers of Christ, and therefore, presumably, the orthodox have no reason to claim they are orthodox. Customers who bought this item also bought.

At Polar Ends of the Spectrum: All of these groups insisted that they upheld the teachings of Jesus and his apostles, and they ehrmman possessed writings that bore out their claims, books reputedly produced by Chrristianities own followers.

Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew by Bart D. Ehrman

Is it likely that a sect teaching that the God of the Old Testament is evil has grasped a true representation of the 1st century Jew Jesus? Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Ehrman’s discussion ranges from considerations of various “lost scriptures”–including forged gospels supposedly written by Simon Peter, Jesus’s closest disciple, and Judas Thomas, Jesus’s alleged twin brother–to the disparate beliefs of such groups as the Jewish-Christian Ebionites, the anti-Jewish Marcionites, and various “Gnostic” sects.

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Roman Catholics and Baptists are practically identical compared with some competing Christian churches in the ancient world. Forgeries and Discoveries Chapter Two: He speculates on why the proto-orthodox view of Christianity “won”.

Small wonder that in the battle for supremacy between the various Christian branches, the claim for apostolic succession played a central role.

There are other sources that reveal the hidden books that were among the Christian and their writings that in my opinion most of what is written by Christians to some degree are inspired by the Holy Spirit.

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Within Book One is Book Two: View Full Version of PW. It did this without ridiculing the religion so it was overall a very enjoyable read. This interest led me to reading several of the books that never made it into the New Ehhrman, which led me to wonder why?

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Essentially, in the years that followed the life of Jesus Christ, a wide variety of beliefs went under the name “Christian,” including many later denounced as heresy.

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In this one, he focuses on the different early forms that Christianity took, prior to the Romanization of the religion when it was melded with official Roman state authority in the 4th century. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Steiner and Ann E. Buy the selected items together This item: View all 20 comments.

Really really good book.