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

  title={Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew},
  author={Bart D. Ehrman},
  journal={Church History},
  pages={347 - 349}
  • B. Ehrman
  • Published 1 June 2005
  • History
  • Church History
The early Christian Church was a chaos of contending beliefs. Some groups of Christians claimed that there was not one God but two or twelve or thirty. Some believed that the world had not been created by God but by a lesser, ignorant deity. Certain sects maintained that Jesus was human but not divine, while others said he was divine but not human. In Lost Christianities, Bart D. Ehrman offers a fascinating look at these early forms of Christianity and shows how they came to be suppressed… 
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