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Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew

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Lost Christianities

In Lost Christianities, biblical scholar and author Bart D. Ehman thoughtfully explains the evolution of Christianity. It is fascinating to see how the competing sects of Christianity clashed and conquered. It is an invaluable read, especially for Christians.

posted by JosephNicholas on August 8, 2009

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Interesting but appears biased

Has it occured to Mr Ehrman that God may have guided the Scriptures to their conclusion. He portrays it all as a battle that was somehow won by 'Proto-Orthodoxy', like as though, maybe it should not have won the battle. The scriptures discuss the 'anti-christs' and ...
Has it occured to Mr Ehrman that God may have guided the Scriptures to their conclusion. He portrays it all as a battle that was somehow won by 'Proto-Orthodoxy', like as though, maybe it should not have won the battle. The scriptures discuss the 'anti-christs' and false teachers, but Mr Ehrman implies that was put in to justify 'Proto-Orthodoxy' and that all the scriptures we read were biased to the 'Ortho-orthodoxy' view after the fact. I'm sorry, but I have a problem with that. Even he does not have the original scriptures so to suppose that the ones we read are biased to a later belief is a bit of a stretch for me. Some of the Apostles were still around when this battle was going on. (John was the last to die and that was after Revelation was written) Their charge was to vet the scriptures and to guide the churches in the proper Godly belief. I don't think it was an accident that the current Scriptures won out in the battle. It is not an accident that the Old Testament and New Testament tie together so closely either. Christianity has not accepted the Old Testament just because it prophesies the Messiah. The Old Testament points to the New Testament and gives viability to it. The Old Testament even ties Christianity to Abraham. In fact there is stong evidence that there are as many decendents of Abraham that are Christian as are Jews. Mr Ehrman needs to review some other thoughts by biblical scholars about his so-called contradictions in the Scriptures. He implies there are so many discrepencies that the scriptures are hard to believe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2005

    Interesting but appears biased

    Has it occured to Mr Ehrman that God may have guided the Scriptures to their conclusion. He portrays it all as a battle that was somehow won by 'Proto-Orthodoxy', like as though, maybe it should not have won the battle. The scriptures discuss the 'anti-christs' and false teachers, but Mr Ehrman implies that was put in to justify 'Proto-Orthodoxy' and that all the scriptures we read were biased to the 'Ortho-orthodoxy' view after the fact. I'm sorry, but I have a problem with that. Even he does not have the original scriptures so to suppose that the ones we read are biased to a later belief is a bit of a stretch for me. Some of the Apostles were still around when this battle was going on. (John was the last to die and that was after Revelation was written) Their charge was to vet the scriptures and to guide the churches in the proper Godly belief. I don't think it was an accident that the current Scriptures won out in the battle. It is not an accident that the Old Testament and New Testament tie together so closely either. Christianity has not accepted the Old Testament just because it prophesies the Messiah. The Old Testament points to the New Testament and gives viability to it. The Old Testament even ties Christianity to Abraham. In fact there is stong evidence that there are as many decendents of Abraham that are Christian as are Jews. Mr Ehrman needs to review some other thoughts by biblical scholars about his so-called contradictions in the Scriptures. He implies there are so many discrepencies that the scriptures are hard to believe.

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