Henry Chadwick

in The Church in Ancient Society

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780199246953
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600463 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church


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Marcion, a shipmaster from Pontus on the Black Sea, in about 140 proclaimed a radical distinction between the law and the gospel, putting a negative interpretation on the Old Testament and its God. His partly Gnostic ideas involved revulsion at the physical world and the total depravity of humankind. The negative reaction to Marcion's ideas in the Church caused him to develop an even sharper distinction between the old and the new, giving all the Old Testament references in the gospels and Paul a negative significance.

Keywords: gnosticism; Marcion

Chapter.  1651 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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