Lost Christianities. The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew. Bart D. Ehrman. Shows how early forms of Christianity came to be. The early Christian Church was a chaos of contending beliefs, according to Bart Ehrman, author of Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We . 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 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, christianlties doctrines such as the Trinity. For a very fine survey of the wide variety of religions of the Second and Third Centuries C. The Ancient Discovery of a Forgery: Sympathetic Puritans Abram Van Engen.

Reading this, I had the feeling that I was sitting in a warm study with him, with a log fire and probably also crumpets, listening to him chatting about the first four centuries or so of Christianity yes, while my head felt like Euston Station.

Lost Christianities – Bart D. Ehrman – Oxford University Press

christianiies He explores why the so-called proto-orthodox “won” out, offering reasons that range from geography to forgery and slander, but he does not spend much time asking whether their theology is more accurate, more true, than the theology on offer by the other “varieties” of Christianity. I can’t recommend this book enough to those who want a more nuanced look at religion than ejrman popular blind faith and so-called “new atheist” models. I think the author did a great job of keeping the book very academic and factual, especially with such a sensitive topic as religion.

Oxford University Press September 15, Language: Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. This question, perhaps the most essential question, is one Ehrman seems to regard as unimportant. Post last chapter which dwells hypothetically on what if one of the other forms of early C A comprehensive and very accessible introduction to biblical history and early Christian sects from one of the leading researcher’s on the subject. Overall I enjoyed christianitkes book as an introduction to some of the early Christian groups, but don’t expect to learn to much about any single group.


This book explores these two groups plus the Gnostics and the Proto-orthodox they weren’t “orthodox” yet through their writings. What are your best guesses about that? Winners and Losers Chapter Nine: Will shock more than a few lay readers. 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.

This is no real surprise given Satan’s ability to twist and thwart principles of righteousness by contorting them to supply justification of immoral activity. The Ancient Forgery of a Discovery: Share your thoughts with other customers. To be called a Christian, christianitiss you first have to be Jewish?

Since then he has published extensively in the fields of New Testament and Early Christianity, having written or edited twenty-four books, numerous scholarly articles, and dozens of ebrman reviews. In my own faith journey, I see myself as a truth seeker. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Ehrman doesn’t say it, but he certainly suggests that the following idea is true: But the Christian Scriptures did not descend from heaven a few years after Jesus died.

All of these groups insisted that they upheld the teachings of Jesus and his apostles, and they all possessed writings that bore out their claims, books reputedly produced by Jesus’s own followers. Dr Erhman examines the history behind some of these questions, fairly, in my opinion. This is why I think he went away from the age after 12 to 30 to be educated and influenced in the eastern way of life only to develop truth so that each people could understand truth. The Invention of Scripture: The Gnostics were not into organization and hierarchy – a problem for growing and sustaining a religion.

Folks who want no part of asking hard questions about the modern western orthodoxy will not like this or others of his books.

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All of these groups insisted that they upheld the teachings of Jesus and his apostles, and they all possessed writings that bore out their claims, books reputedly produced by Jesus’s own followers. Steiner and Ann E. Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon.

It also served to resolve a question of mine with respect to the historicity of Jesus so many different and sincere groups with different interpretations and their own Scriptures make me fall squarely on the view that Jesus was a historical figure.


I found this book to be in large part a refresher about how the Scriptures New Testament did not emerge whole and perfect upon the death of Jesus, but ,ost compiled over a prolonged period of centuries. The Marcionites ignored ehr,an Old Testament in a culture where ancient authority was revered – nobody wanted another cult with no history.

See all reviews. You may have heard of Jesus Christ. In his book he shows that different religions since the time of Christianity, but what is missing is fundamentalism of the main gospels and the letters were placed in their to prove Paul’s case before Rome. Religion is a very tough and sensitive topic.

LOST CHRISTIANITIES: The Battles for Scriptures and the Faiths We Never Knew

Oxford University Press Publication Date: How Jesus Became God: Heathens, and they were influenced by their own lusts and desires, and thought of no one but themselves.

As it turns christtianities, there were many forms of early Christianity. Gnosticism or Marcionism, that existed in the first few hundred years of this odd spin-off of Judaism. And so, when bwrt talk about the “final” version of the New Testament, we are doing so in mental quotation marks, for there never has been complete agreement on the canon throughout the Christian world.

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We would have a different New Testament to ebrman with. You can see this plainly in the reviews and comments folks leave regarding his books.

I think those reads assisted me in fully enjoying and understanding this book; my previous reading experiences “greased the rails” for this book. Not only are the historical facts that he presents fascinating–and challenging to many diehard Christians– but they’re “crucial” for ALL to read and understand.

Return to Book Page. Which of the many books in circulation gospels, epistles, apocalypses were inspired, apostolic, and worthy of preserving?