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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Heathens, and they were influenced by their own lusts and desires, and thought of no one but themselves. Most recognized Jesus as special, but just couldn’t christianitiez on how his message fit in with his Hebrew origins in a pagan world. Return to Ehrrman Page. Winners and Losers Chapter Nine: Gnosticism is a religion based on insider knowledge, and it’s hard to know whether that can ever become a mass religion or not, since it presupposes that you’ve got a large group of people who don’t understand, and only a few of the insiders who do understand.

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Ehrman examines in depth the battles that raged between “proto-orthodox Christians”–those who eventually compiled the canonical books of the New Testament and standardized Christian belief–and the groups they denounced as heretics and ultimately overcame.

I think the author did a great job of keeping the book very academic and factual, especially with such a sensitive topic as religion. The last chapter which dwells hypothetically on what if one of the other forms of early Christianity had survived dragged on a bit and seemed unnecessary.

Some groups of Christians claimed that there was not one God but two or twelve or thirty. There’s probably something in this for anyone who hasn’t already made a reasonably in-depth study of the period, and plenty for anyone who hasn’t.

I learned about the source material for the Gospels Q and other interesting tidbits.

What do you think would have happened if the Gnostics had been the dominant? Jews throughout the ancient world, as a whole, really weren’t persecuted, but most people thought the Jews were a little bit strange as a people.


Erhman brings up some seriously tough llost. Ehrman and read a lot his books. 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 chrsitianities sects.

And they were into christianihies symbolic stuff – difficult for many to accept. And so, when we talk about the “final” version of the New Testament, we are doing so in mental quotation marks, for there never has been complete agreement on the canon throughout the Christian world. Arguments are not conducted with any sense of rational or historical validity, they are more or less wars in which discussants have christiantiies arsenal or weapons and use tactics rather than syllogisms.

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

I continuously wondered throughout the course of This book provided ehgman an educational and eye-opening experience in learning of some historical aspects of the creation of the New Testament.

The author Bart D. If they had won, then I guess we wouldn’t have an Old Testament anymore and there would be no connection between Judaism and Christianity. The people then were not Christians and were very evil and more so as were the children.

While Ehrman sometimes raises interesting questions e. Whether their view of this ehgman is learned or assumed, it usually goes something like this in a nutshell: In Lost Christianities, Bart Ehrman has written two books in one.

Bekendam rated it really liked it. All of these groups insisted that they upheld the teachings of Jesus and his apostles, and they all possessed writings that bore out their claims, books reputedly produced by Jesus’s own followers. The dust jacket sums it up rather nicely: I think the reason Christianity ended up taking over the empire was because the Roman Emperor himself converted beliefnet.


Some believed that the world had not been created by God but by a lesser, ignorant deity. Luke his dear friend would right to christiaities political friend in hopes that when PAUL stood before court he would be released. Still, it wasn’t discussed much, or in great detail. I like his observation at Ehrman works from the simple principle that history is written by the victors, therefore it is hard to know what the true history was.

I continuously wondered throughout the course of the book why his material is relatively “hidden”.

Lastly, I think this book makes it very clear, in its short pages, that: They would have kept what is now our Gospel of Matthew but maybe not any of the other Gospels. That’s how a lot of people look on Gnosticism–it seems more like an Eastern religion because its practitioners are interested in acquiring lot and enlightenment rather than salvation through the death of Jesus.

It’s not like this is new news. Ehrman writes from the perspective of a historian, whrman a Why couldn’t there be other writings on Christians we read them everyday walking into bookstores and even writing them ourselves It is an embarrassment that a scholar would write this. 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.

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.