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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Instead, it gives voice to early Christian groups that were sincere and trying to understand Jesus’ messageb but who had very different interpretations than the group that formed the new testament. Will shock more than a few lay readers. Professor Ehrman has two children, a daughter, Kelly, and a son, Derek. Other sincere and very sizable early Christian groups had very different interpretations based on the same teachings from Jesus.

I give Lost Christianities 4. Well, how did Christianity come to be one of the most dominant religions in the world?

Orthodox Christianity was christiaanities earliest and truest form of Christianity, and the creation of this religion is precisely what Jesus set out to do, which is why orthodox beliefs survived while the rest faded from memory. These and many other questions had differing answers depending on who you asked and at what point in time you asked them. At least he was the first time.

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Ehrman doesn’t say it, but he certainly suggests that the following idea is true: Mar 08, Rossrn Nunamaker rated it really liked it Shelves: This christianoties had no “filler”. It explained what each Church Father believed was the “right” way to view Jesus’ divinity and what each one of them considered heretical.


That is, it seems as though the knowledge of creation of the New Testament is rarely given much attention and neither are the turbulent periods prior to its official canonization. I think those reads assisted me in fully enjoying and understanding this book; my previous reading experiences “greased the rails” for this book.

Jan 07, Elizabeth R. I can’t recommend this to anyone lacking a thorough familiarity with the pitfalls in higher criticism, which can ultimately lead one to question everything and believe very little.

Your book discusses the hypothetical questions of what would have happened to Christianity, and by extension world history, if a different type of Christianity had survived. The pacing of the book was steady and maintained my interest all the way to the end. I was fascinated at the variation of beliefs, forgeries, disagreements and incredible amount of scholarly exploration. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Ehrman, a recognized authority of early christianity also is a skilled writer, making this a fine introduction to the oost chaos that in time coalesced into the christian orthodoxy.

Gnosticism is a religion based on insider knowledge, and it’s hard to know whether that can ever become a mass religion or not, since it presupposes that you’ve got a large group of people who don’t ehrmab, and only a few of the insiders who do understand.

Really really good book.

Do you think the Marcionite version of Christianity would have become a dominant world religion the way Christianity is now? Ehrman is thorough and open-minded in his discussion of ancient texts and beliefs.


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In Lost Christianities, Ehrman offers an accessible overview of these origins, and in my view, reading this work is only the loat of an essential journey that every person who claims to know the Truth should take.

In Ehrman’s sensational version of events, the proto-orthodox, through their “machinations,” destroyed these other forms of Cristianities, which are themselves occasionally portrayed as more virtuous or liberating than orthodox Christianity. What if one of those texts had been written by L.

Overall I enjoyed the book as an introduction to some of the early Christian groups, but don’t expect to learn to much about any single group. Look for the Kindle MatchBook icon on print and Kindle book detail pages of qualifying books.

Lost Christianities

So what is this particular work by Ehrman about? Other books were written in the same period, some of them by the same authors.

The good Professor wonders what the canon would be like if one of these slightly different set of texts had been incorporated into the Bible we know today.

Return to Book Page. Surely these “false teachers” also felt that the writers of the NT had it wrong. Guilt by Association Geoffrey S.