Though there is some debate among scholars and the Christian traditions as to the scope of Marcion's own rejection of orthodox teaching, it is certainly relevant to the argument I offer here that the implications of Marcionism
inevitably tended toward Gnosticism.
Of course a Marcionite can say that with little difficulty, but Marcionism
is certainly not the only way to explain this.
And while Herman stresses the existence of contemporary varieties of Christianity in the West (for example, 135), one could also comment that strands of thought similar to Ebionism, Gnosticism, and Marcionism
still persist today both within and without the fold of "orthodox" Christianity, and thus such varieties of Christianity are not wholly "lost.
A second clarification concerns the modern return of Marcionism
Yet it has a continuity with the Israel of the Old Covenant which can be denied only at the expense of de-historicizing the incarnate Lord and leading to another sort of Marcionism
The book begins with Balthasar's discernment of a transformed Marcionism
in modern thought and within modern anti-Semitism in particular.
Perhaps we have allowed ourselves to be too influenced by the heresy of Marcionism
and we no longer take seriously the Old Testament depiction of God as a warrior: "The Lord is a warrior, Lord is his name
In the review of Fashioning, I was accused of the following: hubris; blasphemy; theological haute vulgarization; a cavalier approach to the language of Christian revelation; a supercilious attitude; ignorance about the church's sacramental dispensation; a flippant attitude; ignorance; approximating Marcionism
in my views of the early books of the Old Testament, and being part of a new Modernist crisis.
While Marcion's teaching became regarded as heresy, residual Marcionism
survived in a selective, comparative reading of Scripture, a tendency still in existence today in some Christian writings that depict the Old Testament as presenting a wrathful God of law in contradistinction to the New Testament portrait of a loving God of grace.
accords to Marcionism
a pivotal role in this history, catalyzing a break from Christianity as a movement of national liberation, terrestrial in its concerns, to a religion of mystical redemption effected by a divine savior.
To ignore this primary fact is to embark on the way of Marcionism
against which the Church immediately and vigorously reacted, in the awareness of her vital link with the Old Testament, without which the New Testament itself would be emptied of its meaning.
and emerged because of the early Church's battle against Marcionism
and Gnostic dualism, both of which proposed the formation of the material universe by a demiurge.