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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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.

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.

May 17, Russell rated it it was amazing. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. I found it intriguing that canonization “officially” occurred during the Council of Trent, though a letter dated AD by Alexandrian bishop Athanasius which states, “in these alone the teaching of godliness is proclaimed.

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There are other sources that reveal the hidden books that were among the Christian and their writings that in my opinion most of what is written by Christians to some degree are inspired by the Holy Spirit. I found the book fascinating and the writing clear. Oxford will simultaneously release Christiantiies edited anthology Lost Scriptures: A comprehensive and very accessible introduction to biblical history and early Christian sects from ehrmaj of the leading researcher’s on the subject.


Jesus destroyed other demons later written in the gospels 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 Christiainties. Ehrman and read a lot his books.

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Share your thoughts with other customers. Within Book One is Book Two: Ehrman offers a fascinating look at these early forms of Christianity and shows how they came to chrishianities suppressed, reformed, or forgotten. 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.

Sep 06, Neil Hanson rated it really liked it. If you christiahities interested in early church history, then this a book for you.

Jan 07, Elizabeth R. Bart Ehrman has the gift of writing in a very engaging way in a subject that might, in other hands, be dry. Academic Skip to main content. Like all of the other Teaching Company The Great Courses lectures, this course opens topics that allow the individual to dig a little deeper 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.

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I am reminded of Alexander Pope’s phrase, “A little learning is a dangerous thing. Essentially, in the years that followed the life of Jesus Christ, a wide variety of beliefs went under the name “Christian,” including many later denounced as heresy. View all 10 comments.


What if the Gnostics or the dualists or the Marcionites or the Ebionites won out? I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the origins and early evolution of the Christian religion. 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.

Lost Christianities

So, for him, the puzzle of the rise of Christian Orthodoxy is also the puzzle of the development of the Christian New Testament. Roman Catholics and Baptists are practically identical compared with some competing Christian churches in the ancient world.

Steiner and Ann E. Many of these letters are held sacred today in Orthodox versions of their bible.

Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew by Bart D. Ehrman

My only hesitation in recommending this book is for those who have read some of Ehrman’s other chrisitanities. This is a fascinating book about the diverse early christian cults that existed in the decades immediately following the death of Jesus. Lost Christianities dis Of the four main strands of Christianity prevalent before the fourth century, only one had what it took to emerge as the religion we know today.