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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Ehrman says some groups of early Christians claimed there was more than one God.

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He just grew quicker than most and God sent him to learn. 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 chdistianities.

Soon thereafter the Church saw a flood of books also allegedly written by the earliest chhristianities of Jesus, forgeries in the names of the apostles, produced for decades, centuries even, after the apostles themselves were long dead and buried. Why couldn’t there be other writings on Christians we read them everyday walking into bookstores and even writing them ourselves The Gnostics ehrjan not into organization and hierarchy – a problem for growing and sustaining a religion.

Selected pages Title Page. This book provided quite an educational and eye-opening experience in learning of some historical aspects of the creation of the New Testament. 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 varieties of early christian thought and practice are well loost your attention.

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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Which when led my the Holy Spirit all things are possible with God. 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 book reviews.


On the other hand, it does seem to be more trouble than the subject is worth. 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. 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 competing against christiznities Christians who ended up winning out over the others.

Before widely available written texts about the teachings of this relatively unknown Jesus of Nazareth in the first century CE, there were many different opinions about the true meaning of this man. Paperbackpages. The Invention of Scripture: Really really good book. Today people will talk about how there’s a difference between the Old Lozt God of wrath and the New Testament God of love.

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Moreover, the disturbing story of how human intervention often reinterpreted and distorted the initial message is something that most Christians today are unaware of. This may offend people who didn’t realize that the church did not spring cbristianities formed when Christ ascended.

More By and About This Author. Certain sects maintained that Jesus was human but not divine, while others said he was divine but not human. So as a general reader, I found this lots of the earliest years of Christianity informative. Oct 14, Justin Evans rated it liked it Shelves: Aug 10, P.

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 that eventually came to be called orthodox were more a matter of evolution than revelation. Where do these Christians point when asked about Truth? In Lost ChristianitiesBart D. Ehrman’s discussion ranges from considerations chrietianities 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.

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I continuously wondered throughout the course of the book why his material is relatively “hidden”. 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. This review, of course, is only scratching the surface christianlties the surface.


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. 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.

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. What are your best guesses about that? 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 only Christianity, but all social institutions develop.

This book, and others by Ehrman, have been crucial in not only getting that message out, but also very crucial in my own research, as a historical author and as a spiritual person seeking truth. Modern archaeological work has recovered a number of christianitis texts, and as Ehrman shows, these spectacular discoveries reveal religious diversity that says much xhristianities the ways in which history gets written by the winners.

In a world of christiabities illiterate, desperately poor people, how was ‘the word’ spread The best-selling Christian author, writer and preacher And many of the writings have only been rediscovered in the 20th century.

I think most people who are interested could pick this up and not have too much trouble following what is going on. Some believed that the world had not been created by God but by a lesser, ignorant deity.