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The Gospel According to Heretics: Discovering Orthodoxy through Early Christological Conflicts
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The Gospel According to Heretics: Discovering Orthodoxy through Early Christological Conflicts

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Baker Academic 2015

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Overview

The Gospel according to Heretics covers the major christological heresies from the first eight centuries of Christianity. David Wilhite analyzes the concerns that led the ancient heretics to their conclusions. While some studies offer a revisionist take on various individual figures, this volume takes a more comprehensive approach, covering the whole era of the ecumenical councils. It also situates Christianity in relation to Judaism and Islam.

Drawing on up-to-date scholarship, this engaging introduction to the christological heresies helps readers understand teachings about Jesus that the early church rejected and shows how the history of theology is relevant for today’s church. This work is helpful for pastors, professors, and students in theology and church history courses.

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Key Features

  • Covers the major christological heresies from the first eight centuries of Christianity
  • Examines what the ancient heretics said about Jesus
  • Helps readers understand teachings about Jesus that the early church rejected

Contents

  • Marcion: Supersessionism
  • Ebion: Adoptionism
  • Gnostics: Docetism
  • Sabellius: Modalism
  • Arius: Subordinationism
  • Apollinaris: Subhumanism
  • Nestorius: Dyoprosopitism
  • Eutyches: Monophysitism
  • Iconoclasts: Antirepresentationalism
  • Muslims: Reductionism

Praise for the Print Edition

Written with good humor, clarity, insightful, and sensitivity to various religious traditions, Wilhite’s volume presents ten heresies of early Christianity that introduce the nonspecialist reader to the problematic questions of just what these heretics, as later defined, believed and why those beliefs were later condemned. I know of no better introduction to the topic to put into the hands of students and scholars alike.

—Geoffrey D. Dunn, senior research fellow, Centre for Early Christian Studies, Australian Catholic University

This book does a number of things extremely well. It takes readers from the shallow end of the pool of early Christian theology into deep waters and enables them to float. It gives heresies their due while always keeping at least one eye on the positive message of Christian truth—that is, it is not transfixed by ‘the dark side.’ It is written with clarity both conceptually and in terms of expression, while being impressively learned. . . . It is quite a breathtaking achievement.

Mark W. Elliott, head of the School of Divinity, University of St. Andrews

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About David E. Wilhite

David E. Wilhite is associate professor of theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. Wilhite is the coeditor of Tertullian and Paul, The Apostolic Fathers, and the Paul in the Pauline and Patristic Scholars in Debate series.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition