Unity and Diversity in the Early Church

“Instead, I have proposed that “proto orthodox Christianity itself in the first two centuries comprised a variety of Christians and Christian circles characterized broadly by a readiness to recognize one another (despite their differences), by a high regard for traditions and a suspicion of radical innovations, by a commitment to the “Old Testament” writings as scripture, and by an exclusivist “monotheistic” stance in which the deity of the Old Testament is the only valid deity worthy of worship.” -Larry Hurtado, Destroyer of the Gods

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