Christianity's Most Toxic Idea [and Its Ancient Origins]

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One the most frustrating attitudes among (some) Christians has its origin deep in the ancient history of Christian Orthodoxy. You might be surprised how troubled the Orthodox Church Fathers were by theological disagreements, and how they viewed dissenters. Here, we discuss the wild story of the concepts of orthodoxy and heresy. Simon Magus (AKA Simon the Sorcerer), Eusebius and "The Church History," Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Christian Gnosticism, all play a part. If you liked my video "A Wild Story From a Gospel Excluded from the Bible | Gospel of Judas," this video is for you.

The next time you hear Christian apologists like Greg Koukl, Frank Turek, Ravi Zacharias, or William Lane Craig say something like, "You know the gospel is true. You only say you're an atheist because you want to sin," you'll know where that misconception came from.


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Sources:

The Church History Book II translation:
https://www.newadvent.org/fathers/250102.htm

The Church History (in full):
https://www.documentacatholicaomnia.eu/03d/0265-0339,_Eusebius_Caesariensis,_Church_History,_EN.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2QxOmQ1zs5w9e5XzxNPT8C6N6axg2GVg0ZMBWnroP0ROXEwcvyzmXZbxs#page60

Etymology of "orthodox"
https://www.etymonline.com/word/orthodox

Etymology of "heresy"
https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=heresy

Ehrman, B. D. (2003). Chapter 8. In Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew. Oxford University Press.


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