Christian history, apostasy, early Christianity, covenant, ordinances
While many LDS attempts to describe or explain the transformation of the Christian movement and its teachings in the early centuries in terms of an accommodation to Greek philosophy, this paper focuses on the first two Christian centuries and the early elimination of covenant thinking and practice that may have opened the door to Greek thought.
Original Publication Citation
“The Decline of Covenant in Early Christian Thought,” in Early Christians in Disarray, BYU Press and FARMS, 2005, 295–324.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Reynolds, Noel B., "The Decline of Covenant in Early Christian Thought" (2004). Faculty Publications. 1481.
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
This is a pre-publication draft of the paper that appears in the published book as chapter 10. The copyright is held by the author, Noel B. Reynolds.
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