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And the Diversity was with God, and the Diversity was God. Without Diversity was nothing made that was made. But in the fullness of time which is of course our time , Diversity rose up and smote orthodoxy hip and thigh. Now, praise be, the only heresy is orthodoxy. As widely and as unthinkingly accepted as this reconstruction is, it is historical nonsense: the emperor has no clothes.

Orthodoxy and Heresy in Earlier Christianity

And the Diversity was with God, and the Diversity was God. Without Diversity was nothing made that was made. But in the fullness of time which is of course our time , Diversity rose up and smote orthodoxy hip and thigh. Now, praise be, the only heresy is orthodoxy. As widely and as unthinkingly accepted as this reconstruction is, it is historical nonsense: the emperor has no clothes.

The Heresy of Orthodoxy at every turn makes a convincing case that the Bauer-Ehrman thesis is dead wrong. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publisher, except as provided for by USA copyright law.

Used by permission. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Zondervan. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Biblica. All emphases in Scripture quotations have been added by the authors. Kruger; foreword by I. Howard Marshall. Includes bibliographical references and index. Theology, Doctrinal— History—Early church, ca. Christian heresies—History—Early church, ca.

Church history—Primitive and early church, ca. Postmodern theology. Bauer, Walter, — Ehrman, Bart D. Kruger, Michael J. K67 '. Somebody has commented that most objections to the faith were voiced by Celsus who was relentlessly answered by Origen. Nevertheless, there is a sufficient appearance of plausibility in some of them to justify their being taken off the shelf, dusted down, and given a makeover.

When this happens, they need fresh examination to save a new generation of readers from being taken in by them. Such is the case with the thesis of the German lexicographer Walter Bauer, who single-handedly read the entire corpus of ancient Greek literature in order to produce his magnificent Lexicon to the New Testament.

Bauer claimed without much argument that this situation could be traced back into the New Testament period. His monograph defending his case had little influence in the English-speaking world until its translation in Various writers showed it to be flawed in its analysis of the early churches and their theology and mistaken in assuming that the New Testament writers did not Now it has undergone resuscitation if not resurrection largely through the popular writings of Bart Ehrman, who brings in the new evidence for many varied forms of early Christianity in Gnostic documents and adds his own contribution by pointing to the many variations in the manuscripts of the New Testament that he sees as evidence of differences in doctrine.

The new presentation of the Bauer hypothesis needs a fresh dissection lest readers of it be tempted to think that it demands credence. The authors of this volume set out the arguments on both sides with fairness coupled with critical examination. They argue that the existence of various Christian splinter groups in no way shows that there was a farrago of different theologies from which people were at liberty to pick and choose.

They re-present the incontrovertible evidence that the distinctions between truth and falsity and between orthodoxy and heresy were clearly made within the New Testament, and they argue that the New Testament writings are in basic agreement with one another in their theologies.

They show how the concept of conformity to Scripture was an innate characteristic of a covenantal theology. And they rout the appeal to variations in New Testament manuscripts as evidence for theological differences in the early church. The authors write as adherents of what would probably be identified as an evangelical Christianity that maintains a belief in the divine inspiration of Scripture, but, so far as I can see, their arguments are not dependent on this belief and rest on solid evidence and reasonable arguments, so that their case is one that should be compelling to those who may not share their theological position.

They present their arguments clearly and simply, so that, although this book is based on wide and accurate scholarship, it should be widely accessible to readers who want to know about the themes they address. I am grateful for this careful and courteous assessment of the issues at stake and commend it most warmly to all who want to know more about the origins of Christian practice and theology.

Instead, all truth, including morality, becomes perspectival and subjective, a matter of nothing but personal preference and taste. All is fluid, doctrine is dead, and diversity reigns. Consumers control which products are made, children are catered to by parents, students determine what is taught in our schools and universities, and no one should tell anyone else what to do—or at least not acknowledge that they do.

We live in an age that prides See Andreas J. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, Truth is dead; long live diversity! In this topsy-turvy world of pluralism and postmodernity, where reason has been replaced as the arbiter of truth by perspectivalism and the unfettered and untouchable authority of personal experience, conventional notions are turned on their head.

What used to be regarded as heresy is the new orthodoxy of the day, and the only heresy that remains is orthodoxy itself. It is an epithet that aptly captures the prevailing spirit of the age whose tentacles are currently engulfing the Christian faith in a deadly embrace, aiming to subvert the movement at its very core. Instead, advocates of religious diversity such as Walter Bauer and Bart Ehrman argue not only that contemporary diversity is good and historic Christianity unduly narrow, but that the very notion of orthodoxy is a later fabrication not true to the convictions of Jesus and the first Christians themselves.

The traditional version of Christianity that later came to be known as orthodoxy is but the form of Christianity espoused by the church in Rome, which emerged as the ecclesiastical victor in the power struggles waged during the second through the fourth centuries. In this book, we endeavor to take you on a journey on which we will explore such questions as: Who picked the books of the Bible, and why? Did the ancient scribes who copied the biblical manuscripts change the Christian story?

Was the New Testament changed along the way, so that we can no longer know what the original authors of Scripture wrote? In addressing these questions, we will take our point of departure from a German scholar whose name you may never have heard but who has perhaps done more to How diverse was early Christianity, and did heresy in fact precede orthodoxy?

These are the questions that will occupy us in the first part of the book as we explore the larger paradigmatic questions raised by the Bauer-Ehrman proposal. Is this an accurate representation of how the canon came to be? Or do Ehrman and other diversity advocates have their own ax to grind and seek to impose their agenda onto the larger culture? This will involve a discussion of other alleged candidates for inclusion in the Christian Scriptures such as apocryphal gospels, letters, and other writings.

Again, this is what Ehrman alleges, in an effort to show that After all, have not the autographs the original copies of Scripture perished? How, then, can Christians today claim that they have the inspired text?

This, too, is a vital question that strikes at the very core of the Christian faith and must therefore command our utmost attention. As the remainder of this volume will make clear, as scholars, we believe that Bauer, Ehrman, and others are profoundly mistaken in their reconstruction of early Christianity. But this is not the primary reason why we wrote this book. The main reason why we feel so strongly about this issue is that the scholarly squabbles about second-century geographical expressions of Christianity, the formation of the canon, and the preservation of the text of Scripture are part of a larger battle that is raging today over the nature and origins of Christianity.

This battle, in turn, we are convinced, is driven by forces that seek to discredit the biblical message about Jesus, the Lord and Messiah and Son of God, and the absolute truth claims of Christianity. The stakes in this battle are high indeed. Finally, for those who are interested in the history of thought and in the way in which paradigms serve as a controlling framework for how we view the world, this book has yet another intriguing contribution to make.

The question addressed by the Bauer-Ehrman thesis serves as a case study for how an idea is born, how and why it is appropriated by some and rejected by others, and how a paradigm attains the compelling influence over people who are largely unacquainted with the specific issues it entails.

What is the secret of this larger-than-life persona that transcends factual arguments based on the available evidence? As in any such book, we are indebted to those who helped make it possible. In the first place, these are our wives, Marny and Melissa, and our children. We also want to acknowledge the support of our respective institutions, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary, and express appreciation to the wonderful people at Crossway for their expert handling of the manuscript.

Thanks are also due Keith Campbell for his competent research assistance in preparing chapters 1 through 3. Finally, we were grateful to be able to build on the capable work of others before us who have seen the many flaws in the Bauer-Ehrman thesis, including Darrell Bock, Paul Trebilco, Jeffrey Bingham, Craig Blaising, Thomas Robinson, and I.

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Orthodoxy and Heresy in Earlier Christianity

English Translation edited and supplemented by Robert A. Kraft [Copyright Robert A. Kraft, 10 April ]. Steely text and Robert A. Kraft notes. Steely and John J. In earliest Christianity, orthodoxy and heresy do not stand in relation to one another as primary to secondary, but in many regions heresy is the original manifestation of Christianity.

List of heresies in the Catholic Church

Derek Baker, ed. Schism, Heresy and Religious Protest. Studies in Church History 9.

Heresy has been a concern in Christian communities at least since the writing of the Second Epistle of Peter : "even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them" 2 Peter 2 In the first two or three centuries of the early Church, heresy and schism were not clearly distinguished. A similar overlapping occurred in medieval scholasticism. Heresy is understood today to mean the denial of revealed truth as taught by the Church. The Catholic Church makes a distinction between 'material' and 'formal' heresy.

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Chapters 3 and 4 are a forceful attempt to show that we have no evidence that enables us to hold that John gave a deliberately distorted view of Islam or that he fabricated characterizations of the Ishmaelites for polemical purposes. On the contrary, Schadler believes that John was attempting to offer an accurate picture of Islam and that his knowledge of this religion might not have been as limited as previous scholars have often imagined. For Schadler, scholars such as John E. Merill, John Meyendorff, W. Christian authors of his period and after regularly referred to the Muslims as pagans rather than as heretics. When pre-Christian groups were included, this was often limited to groups that were contemporary with Christ, and done to identify them as being directly opposed to him, or the result of theologically pre-dating the origins of the Church to coincide with the origins of humanity and presenting Adam as a proto-Christian e.

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