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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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Mar 08, Rossrn Nunamaker rated it really liked it Shelves: Whether you’re a Catholic, a mainline Protestant, an Evangelical, or, like me, a secularist, it’s an interesting read. Books of the Week.

His balanced exposition of the Gospel of Thomas, with its careful delineation of the different materials in it, is outstanding. Was he a man or God, or just a spirit of piety?

Lost Christianities

That’s why we listen to these lectures Ehrman is a solid scholar who seems to chrsitianities decided that he needs that cash money baby, so he writes more or less respectable books in such a way that they sound like a Hollywood movie.

Buy the selected items together This item: Share your thoughts with other customers. Erhman brings up some seriously tough issues.

Surely these “false teachers” also felt that the writers of the NT had it wrong. Ehrman examines in depth the battles that raged between “proto-orthodox Christians”–those who eventually compiled the canonical books of the New Testament and standardized Christian belief–and the groups they denounced as heretics and ultimately overcame.

The primary factions described throughout were incontestably heretical, but he oversimplifies a bit in the degree to which one side or another held certain beliefs–with a subtle huzzah for underdogs solely because they differed, and not so much in recognition that some minority out there not belonging to any of the sects may have been most correct.

Dr Erhman holds a mirror to the face of Christianity and asks the questions about the origins of the New Testament and how it fits into the Bible we know today. If happen to believe in churchy stuff, or just have an interest in the early history of the most influential religious movement in the history of especially Euroamerican ehfman, this is a very informative read.


He issues an important reminder that there was no such thing as a monolithic Christian orthodoxy before the fourth century. High marks for clarity, accessibility, degree of thought-provocation, and chrishianities.

If not you may be very puzzled, or even disgusted by the way he casts this ‘battle,’ or his preference for the more ludicrous early Christian doctrines. Ehrkan funny question dropped into the mailbox today. A comprehensive and very accessible introduction to biblical history and early Christian sects from one of the leading researcher’s on the subject.

Lost Christianities – Bart D. Ehrman – Oxford University Press

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. I can’t recommend this book enough to those who want a more nuanced look at religion than the popular blind faith and so-called “new atheist” models.

Some groups of Christians claimed that there was not one God but two or twelve or thirty. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

The Invention of Scripture: So nobody argues with a person when they disagree with each other, instead, they “set out” to destroy When you search for this book on Goodreads, the first two results are Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol,’ and Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost. Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Perhaps the reason Ehrman does not much explore the question of which group most accurately portrays Christ is that the most likely answer is not sensational.

Well, that was a Marcionite distinction, because they really thought there were two different gods, and that was attractive to people.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. May 17, Russell rated it it was amazing. Jan 07, Elizabeth R. Ehrman says some groups of early Christians claimed there was more than one God.

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. Christians today are generally clueless regards their roots, but through no fault of Ehrman’s. 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.


Christians “In the Know”: Small wonder that in the battle for supremacy between the various Christian branches, the claim for apostolic succession played a central role. Those would have been excluded from the get-go. But those people don’t read anything anyway, so it’s really a superfluous hundred pages. This is because some of the information contained here is repeated from earlier works, especially his great book “Misquoting Jesus”.

This may offend people who didn’t realize that the church did not spring fully formed when Christ ascended. Of course, anyone with a New Testament knows how diverse views were in the early church. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

This is a good companion book to the works of Elaine Pagels chrisgianities she focuses almost exclusively on early Christians Gnosticism. This is a great introduction to the history of the competing theologies and practices of early Christians as can best be determined from ancient texts that have been passed down and rediscovered.

What would Christianity have looked like if the Ebionites had won? In either case, it’s a quick, easy read, and parts one on the discovery of non-canonical early christian texts and two on the lpst of early christian thought and practice are well worth your attention. Brillcoeditor in chief for the journal Vigiliae Christianae, and on several other editorial boards for journals and monographs in the field.

See all reviews. However, if you’re someone who asks the hard questions christiajities you’re willing to evolve and grow your faith as you learn more, then you’ll very likel Ehrman is very good at speaking in plain and understandable language about topics that folks often try and make complex and hard to understand.