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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Refresh and try again. Within Book One is Book Two: Ehrman offers a fascinating look at these early forms of Christianity and shows how they came olst be suppressed, reformed, or forgotten.

Lost Christianities

Please try again later. After all, we have many different varieties of Christian practices today Only those Christians whose knowledge of Christianity is bounded by Billy Graham in the past and the Apocalypse in the future will be shocked to learn in part three that people argue about religious texts. This may offend people who didn’t realize that the church did not spring fully formed when Christ ascended.

But, how, exactly, do the proto-orthodox, who at the time had no state power and were occasionally subject to persecution, carry out their “machinations” except by intellectual persuasion and accepted authority which itself implies that orthodoxy was established earlier than Ehrman suggests.

So as a general reader, I found this survey of the earliest years of Christianity informative. I admit I am an admirer to Bart D. Serapion and the Gospel of Peter Chapter Three: His balanced exposition of the Gospel of Thomas, with its careful delineation of the different materials in it, is outstanding.

Ehrman puts all on even ground so that each has an equal voice, because recent discoveries such as the Dead Sea Scrolls have proven just how diverse Christian practices really were back in the first and second centuries. The truth is far more interesting. In Book Two, you will recognize an author with an axe to grind.


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I give Lost Christianities 4. What if various early Christian writings, such as the Gospel of Thomas or the Secret Gospel of Mark, had been allowed into the canonical New Testament?

I believe it is possible for an earthly Jesus to not accept evil of others and did not understand the concepts of blessings until he met his mentor s as Zachaeus heard the wisdom and understood he was different than others.

Heresies and Orthodoxies Chapter Six: He issues an important reminder that there was no such thing as a monolithic Christian orthodoxy before the fourth century.

Ebook This title is available as an ebook. Most believers will confess they walk a better life when looking to what the leading of the Holy Spirit will teach.

Return to Book Page. Do you have to agree with everything presented? And many of the writings have only been rediscovered in the 20th century. What if orthodox Christianity didn’t win out? For a very fine survey of the wide variety of religions of the Second and Third Centuries C. With the founding fathers aware of this they began to have their creeds written to give the church strength which it was for at least 50 years.

Will shock more than a few lay readers. Well, it’s an amusing hypothetical, I suppose, but it’s rather like saying, “What if the Constitution didn’t become the standard for the U. Ehrman doesn’t say it, but he certainly suggests that the following idea is true: And so if this religion had nothing to do with Jews and Judaism, that may have been attractive to a wider range of people.

As an introduction to the various forms of christianity, e. There are many instances that will give the mind something to expand into the unknown truths of God and how the human side is vulnerable to many things in life. The people then were not Christians and were very evil and more so as were the children. And they were into seriously symbolic stuff – difficult for many to accept. In the grand tradition of late twentieth century academia, Ehrman assumes that the other is good, no matter its constituent parts, and that what wins out is bad, no matter its comparative rational or historical accuracy.


Perhaps you won’t need that assist, but I’m glad I had it. Read more Read less. Moreover, the disturbing story of how human intervention often reinterpreted and distorted the initial message is something that most Christians today are unaware of.

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That’s why we listen to these lectures Your book discusses the hypothetical questions of what would have happened to Christianity, and by extension world history, if a ejrman type of Christianity had survived.

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Jan 29, Steven Stark rated it really liked it. He lives in Durham, North Carolina. So what are the repercussions of the victory of proto-orthodox Christianity? I think the author did a good job of making this accessible to the lay person. 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.

I had read this book around ten years ago and decided to re-read it. Cults and New Religions: 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 were compiled over a prolonged period of centuries. Which of the many books in circulation gospels, epistles, apocalypses were inspired, apostolic, and worthy of preserving?

Sep 06, Neil Hanson rated it really liked it.