Are there apostles today? Can someone make a valid case that he is an apostle of Christ? Speaking of the apostles, what is an apostolic church? I appreciate Gerald Bray's explanation of these questions in chapter two of his book The Church: A Theological and Historical Account. Bray first notes that to be an apostle according to the NT, one… Continue reading Apostles: Then and Now?
In 1934, Walter Bauer argued that there was no clear line between heresy and orthodoxy in the early church, but since the orthodox were stronger, their views eventually prevailed in what we now call the New Testament (a sort of survival of the fittest). Bart Ehrman has taken this thesis and run with it. … Continue reading A Closed Canon