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. From Publishers Weekly. What if Marcion’s canon-which consisted only of Luke’s Gospel and Paul’s letters, entirely omitting the Old Testament-had become.
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The people then were not Christians and were very evil and more so as were the children. Ehrman Shows how early forms of Christianity came to be suppressed, reformed, or forgotten Provides an eye-opening account of politics, power, and the clash of ideas among early Christians Analyzes key texts recovered from modern archaeological work.
Jul 26, Justin rated it did not like it. Ehrman offers a fascinating look at these early forms of Christianity and shows how they came to be suppressed, reformed, or forgotten.
The followers of Christ were more diverse over the first few centuries of the Christian religion than they are even now. The proto-orthodox Christians won out over many other groups, and bequeathed to us the four Gospels, a church hierarchy, a set of practices and beliefs, and doctrines such as the Trinity.
This is a book that reveals some of the “sausage-making” of religion.
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What if the Gnostics or the dualists or the Marcionites or the Ebionites won out? What if the Ebionites—who believed Jesus was completely human and not divine—had ruled the day as the Orthodox Christian party? Religious labels need some definition to be useful at all.
Gnosticism or Marcionism, that existed in the first few hundred years christiabities this odd spin-off of Judaism. Whether you’re a Catholic, ebrman mainline Protestant, an Evangelical, or, like me, a secularist, it’s an interesting read.
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You just have to read the many references to “false teachers” in the NT to see that. Not, says he, because of problems he has with the Bible, but because he realized he could no longer reconcile the claims of faith with the facts of life—in particular the problem of suffering. It’s a little hard to know with the Gnostics, because there were so many different kinds of Gnostics competing among themselves, as well as chistianities against the Christians who ended up winning out over the others.
There are no discussion christianifies on this book yet.
This book explores these two groups plus the Gnostics and the Proto-orthodox they weren’t “orthodox” yet through their writings. I’ve read many of the reviews for these lectures and fail to see why anyone could be offended. However, in spite of this repetion, there is enough new information here to make “Lost Christianities” worth reading.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Ehrman, professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, argues and, in my opinion, demonstrates that early Christianity was anything but a monolithic religion and that the beliefs ehrmwn eventually came to be called orthodox Ebionites, Marcionites, and Gnostics.
Perhaps christinaities reason Llst does not much explore the question of which group most accurately portrays Christ is that the most likely answer is not sensational.
Want to Read saving…. Only wish it had delved deeper in some areas, as it was a little narrow, but as I said before, it makes for a great starting chrlstianities. Modern archaeological work has recovered a number of key texts, and as Ehrman shows, these spectacular discoveries reveal religious diversity that says much about the ways in which history gets written by the winners.
He lives in Durham, North Carolina. Ehrman’s not a particularly good writer on a technical level I don’t think it’s necessary to be that repetitive even in a work of popular history on a sensitive t This is an okay introduction to the history of the construction of the Christian canon, and a discussion of some of the theological ideas held by various ancient Christian sects which didn’t survive antiquity.
That said, the book makes it clear why the Pauline model succeeded and the others failed the book goes perfectly with Rodney Stark’s classic “How New Religions Succeed” and gives an eye-opening glimpse into how not This is a book that reveals some of the “sausage-making” of religion. But, that orthodoxy necessarily negated the views of those whose “scriptures” weren’t included in the New Testament.
Ehrman, a recognized authority of early christianity also is a skilled writer, making this a fine introduction to the early chaos that in time coalesced into the christian orthodoxy. Scrupulously researched and lucidly written, Lost Christianities is an eye-opening account of politics, power, and the clash of ideas among Christians in the decades before one group came to see its views prevail.
I think Jesus was rejected because of his odd behavior as a child, God being so pure and seeing men as they really are gives way to condemnation.
Modern archaeological work has recovered a number of key texts, and as Ehrman shows, these spectacular discoveries reveal religious diversity that says much about the ways in which history gets written by the winners.
Do you have to agree with everything presented? From the Ebionites, who followed the laws of Judaism and used only a version of Matthew as their gospel, to the Marcionites, who only used the letters of Paul and Luke and NO old testament, there were many different interpretations of the religion. Ehrman works from the simple principle that history is written by the victors, therefore it is hard to know what the true history was.
Every since women have had a time of it just trying to be educated and knowing the Lord to be able to preach the word. It seems likely that the proto-orthodox interpreted Christ’s teachings more accurately than did the Manicheans or the Gnostics.
The last chapter which dwells hypothetically on what if one of the other forms of early Christianity had survived dragged on a bit and seemed unnecessary.
In the perspective of The Restoration, I found it to be quite a source of corroboration in terms of lost truth, lost scripture and lost faith. Some groups of Christians claimed that there was not one God but two or twelve or thirty.
But the Christian Scriptures did not descend from christianitise a few years after Jesus died.