The Heresy of Orthodoxy

June 25, 2010

“In the beginning was Diversity. And the Diversity was with God, and the Diversity was God. Without Diversity was nothing made that was made. And it came to pass that nasty old ‘orthodox’ people narrowed down diversity and finally squeezed it out, dismissing it as heresy. But in the fullness of time (which is of course our time), Diversity rose up and smote orthodoxy hip and thigh. Now, praise be, the only heresy is orthodoxy. As widely and as unthinkingly accepted as this reconstruction is, it is historical nonsense: the emperor has no clothes. I am grateful to Andreas Köstenberger and Michael Kruger for patiently, carefully, and politely exposing this shameful nakedness for what it is.”

—D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

The above is Carson’s creative blurb for a new book coming imminently* from Crossway:

The Heresy of Orthodoxy: How Contemporary Culture’s Fascination with Diversity Has Reshaped Our Understanding of Early Christianity by Andreas J. Köstenberger and Michael J. Kruger (Crossway, 2010).

(*The release date is 6/30, but Amazon has it in stock now.)

I look forward to reading this critique of the Bauer/Ehrman hypothesis. I’ve addressed this issue myself: “The Rehabilitation of Heresy: ‘Misquoting’ Earliest Christianity,” Bible Faculty Summit, Central Baptist Seminary, Plymouth, MN, July 2007, published this past year in JMAT 13 (2009; 2 parts). Part 1 is available online.

2 responses to The Heresy of Orthodoxy

  1. I usually get your blog via RSS, so it wasn’t until today when I was sending on this post to a friend that I noticed the picture you now have in your banner. How long has that been there? Is it PA?

  2. Hi Tim. The pix has only been up a week (or maybe 2?). I just inserted it when v. 3 of WordPress was released; v. 3 introduced a new default “theme” that I liked, but I decided to replace their standard pix with the view out my study window. Doesn’t look like Indiana does it? 🙂 It’s looking due east from our house. Tunkhannock lies in the valley just at the base of the tallest mountain in the background of the pix. Just off the left edge of the pix even further away you could see the mountain ridge that lies NE from Carbondale—and on a clear day you could see the wind turbines that line that ridge. You don’t need the eyes of Legolas, but they are just barely visible from here, about 30 miles away; they look like tiny white toothpicks.