Rick's Reviews > Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew

Lost Christianities by Bart D. Ehrman
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Sep 26, 2009

really liked it

This is a compendium of the minor (and major) heresies of the early Christian era. They had to be dealt with at the 4th-century meeting in Nicea of priests at the behest of the emperor Constantine. As a result we now have the "official" holy book and a Creed that we have to swear to before every (Protestant and I guess Catholic) church service - at least as nearly as I recall, since I have not attended one since ~1962.
The world of true believers would be a lot different if some of the heretical gospels, apocalypses, and epistles had passed muster back then.

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