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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Heresy of Orthodoxy by Andreas J. Köstenberger and Michael J. Kruger

The Heresy of Orthodoxy: How Contemporary Culture’s Fascination with Diversity Has Reshaped Our Understanding of Early Christianity 
by Andreas J. Köstenberger and Michael J. Kruger
Product Details
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Crossway 2010
Point: Diversity over unity. Who needs orthodoxy? The authors of this work confront the ever increasing thought pattern that truth is a relevant term. What is known as Christian orthodoxy was not merely the tallest weed in the garden of philosophy around 100 AD, it holds the truth.
Path: Looking at the teachings of Walter Bauer, the authors address his presuppositions in three segments. First the authors deal with “Pluralism and the origins of the New Testament.” The second section discusses “Tracing the development of the New Testament Canon.” The final section answers questions concerning “Manuscripts, scribes, and textual transmission.”
Sources: The authors are constantly addressing Bauer and Ehrman (the popularizer of Bauer). They cite primary sources in the early Church fathers, secondary sources, and current literature. The notes supplied are very helpful.
Agreement: I appreciated their work on this pervasive teaching of Bauer. Their discussion seemed to be fair and reasoned, avoiding petty attacks and shallow rebuttals.
Personal App: The teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ has been faithfully preserved through the text of the New Testament. Praise God!
Stars: 4 out of 5
It would be worth another read and I would recommend it for someone interested in the studies of the Early Church and Heresy.

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