The Heresy of Orthodoxy: How Contemporary Culture's Fascination with Diversity Has Reshaped Our Understanding of Early Christianity

The Heresy of Orthodoxy: How Contemporary Culture's Fascination with Diversity Has Reshaped Our Understanding of Early Christianity

Andreas J. Kostenberger, Michael J. Kruger


Beginning with Walter Bauer in 1934, the denial of transparent orthodoxy in early Christianity has formed and mostly outlined smooth New testomony feedback, lately given new existence in the course of the paintings of spokesmen like Bart Ehrman. Spreading from academia into mainstream media, the recommendation that variety of doctrine within the early church ended in many competing orthodoxies is indicative of today's postmodern relativism. Authors Köstenberger and Kruger interact Ehrman and others during this polemic opposed to a dogged adherence to renowned beliefs of diversity.

Köstenberger and Kruger's obtainable and cautious scholarship not just counters the "Bauer Thesis" utilizing its personal phrases, but additionally engages neglected facts from the recent testomony. Their conclusions are drawn from research of the facts of team spirit within the New testomony, the formation and shutting of the canon, and the method and integrity of the recording and distribution of non secular texts in the early church.

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