*FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Marcion was critical in the emergence of the Catholic Church. Harnack presents Marcion’s historical significance. Adolf Harnack () was a German theologian, scholar and historian. on Marcion called Marcion, das Evangelium vom fremden Gott (Marcion and the . The outlines of Harnack’s landmark monograph on Marcion are well known from summaries and discussions of it as well as through the German original. But it is.

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Das Evangelium Marcions und das kano nische Evangelium des Lucas.

Marcion: The Gospel of the Alien God by Adolf von Harnack

Even with the regret table omission of the extensive appendices of the original, the book still offers a feast. Pretty dry but fills you in on all there is about this heretical, early Christian branch. Yet to him systematic speculation about the final causes of the contrast actually observed, was by no means the main thing.

Another tool Harnack might have used to good advantage is the notion of a “plausibility structure,” as set forth by Thomas Luckmann and Peter L. In point of fact, Marcion seems to have given such a turn to the good God’s attributes of love, and incapability of wrath, as to make Him the apathetic, infinitely exalted Being, free from all affections.

Gospel of Marcion

But Marcion showed himself to be a Greek, influenced by the religious spirit of the time, by changing the ethical contrast of the good and legal into the contrast between the infinitely exalted spiritual and the sensible which is subject to the law of nature, by marcin of the triumph of good in the world and, consequently, correcting the traditional faith that the world and history belong to God, by an empirical view of the world and the course of events in it, 9 a view to which he was no doubt also led by the severity of the early Christian estimate of the world.


James is currently reading it Marion 10, Matthew rated it it was amazing Dec 28, Lyle D Bierma has contributed to Marcion: Efi marked it as to-read Apr 25, So taken by these presuppositions that he red-penned much of the writings that would become the New Testament. Some see the work of Harnack as a reaction to this development; Harnack embraced the historical-critical method for harjack the bible, and was very willing to challenge the authenticity of some biblical texts, whilst at the same time he defended key aspects of the traditional interpretation of Karcion history, for example by arguing the the book of Acts was composed at an early date.

Josh Wilhelm marked it as to-read Nov 26, That Christ was hanrack. He was the first who laid the firm foundation for establishing what is Christian, because, in view of the absoluteness of his faith, 38 he had no desire to appeal either to a secret evangelic tradition, or to prophecy, harnzck to natural religion.

Aeslin Bard marked it as to-read Aug 09, But I wonder if sufficient recognition has been given to the importance of this piece of taxonomy. Adolf Harnck has contributed to Marcion: Fields is theological librarian and curator of the Meeter Center at Calvin College.

Marcion: The Gospel of the Alien God

When we are playing the role of ecumenists we tend to minimize or eliminate any differences, while as theologians we are quick to accentuate or create them, stoutly maintaining that Christian theology defines God “from below” through the Christian encounter with Jesus Christ. Edward Smith marked it as to-read Mar 07, The late 2nd-century writer Tertullian stated that Marcion, “expunged [from the Gospel of Luke] all the things that harnadk his view Harnwck rather clung to the publicity of the preaching, and endeavoured to reform Christendom, in opposition to the attempts at founding schools for those who knew and mystery cults for such as were in quest of initiation.

Was not Marcion straining to hanrack something that is said better in our conceptuality as a difference between two different God-concepts, between two different God-experiences? We may venture to say no.


But, as Feyerabend contends, even the most outlandish-seeming theory may provide just the lens we lacked to see some things about the text that remain invisible otherwise. They learned much in opposing Marcion see Bk.

Adolf von Harnack, Marcion: Before him there was no such thing in the sense of a community, firmly united by a fixed conviction, harmoniously organized, and spread over the whole world. The differences in the texts below highlight the Marcionite view that Jesus did not follow the Prophets and that the earth is evil.

But if van Manen were right, we would certainly have a striking Qur’anic analogy for the retrojection of Marcion in Rome as Paul in Jerusalem. Markus Dialogue II, 19 twice: His work challenged many traditional Christian views, for example he argued that the Gospel of John contained no authentic information about the life of the historical Jesus.

What would Harnack have been able to reveal with the aid of the paradigm-conceptuality of Thomas Kuhn The Structure of Scientific Revolutions? And this is due to the fact that Roman orthodoxy prevailed in the great contest of rival Christianities in the early centuries. It is interesting to read over Harnack’s shoulder, so to speak, venturing to apply more recent theoretical tools to his discussion.

Finally, his attempt confirms the experience that a religious community can only be founded by a religious spirit who expects nothing from the world.

Then the analogy between Paul’s uneasy reception by the Jerusalem Pillars and subsequent bitterness toward them, and Marcion’s less-than-successful bid for recognition at Rome might seem no mere analogy. Marcion had some really great ideas and also tons of crazy ones.