Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication by Bart Ehrman
Mondays beginning January 22
10am-12pm in Room 105
Facilitator: Heather Ferguson
In the first centuries after Christ, there was no “official” New Testament. Instead, early Christians read and fervently followed a wide variety of Scriptures – many more than we have today.
Relying on these writings, Christians held beliefs that today would be considered bizarre. Some believed that there were two, 12, or as many as 30 gods. Some thought that a malicious deity, rather than the true God, created the world. Some maintained that Christ’s death and resurrection had nothing to do with salvation while others insisted that Christ never really died at all.
What did these “other” Scriptures say? Do they exist today? How could such outlandish ideas ever be considered Christian? If such beliefs were once common, why do they no longer exist? These are just a few of the many provocative questions that arise from “Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication.”