The Heresy of Orthodoxy Paperback

How contemporary culture's fascination with diversity has shaped our understanding of early Christianity

by Andreas J. Kostenberger; Michael J. Kruger;

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The Heresy of Orthodoxy

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Evaluating historical evidence, this book defends early Christian orthodoxy from the legacy of New Testament criticism: the modern 'orthodoxy of diversity'.

Beginning with Walter Bauer in 1934, the denial of clear orthodoxy in early Christianity has shaped and largely defined modern New Testament criticism, recently given new life through the work of spokesmen like Bart Ehrman. Spreading from academia into mainstream media, the suggestion that diversity of doctrine in the early church led to many competing orthodoxies is indicative of today's postmodern relativism. Authors Köstenberger and Kruger engage Ehrman and others in this polemic against a dogged adherence to popular ideals of diversity.

Köstenberger and Kruger's accessible and careful scholarship not only counters the 'Bauer Thesis' using its own terms, but also engages overlooked evidence from the New Testament. Their conclusions are drawn from analysis of the evidence of unity in the New Testament, the formation and closing of the canon, and the methodology and integrity of the recording and distribution of religious texts within the early church.

The Heresy of Orthodoxy by Andreas J. Kostenberger; Michael J. Kruger was published by IVP in July 2010 and is our 29455th best seller. The ISBN for The Heresy of Orthodoxy is 9781844744466.

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"In the beginning was Diversity. And the Diversity was with God, and the Diversity was God. Without Diversity was nothing made that was made. And it came to pass that nasty old 'orthodox' people narrowed down diversity and finally squeezed it out, dismissing it as heresy. 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. I am grateful to Andreas K

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Details for The Heresy of Orthodoxy

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherIVP (July 2010)
Number of Pages224
Thickness216 mm
Height216 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code3463576
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