Baptismal Beginnings Basilidean? Bah!
Tuesday October 21st 2008, 9:59 pm
Filed under: Patristics

Hans Foerster of the Austrian National Library asks the big question: The Celebration of the Baptism of Christ by the Basilideans and the Origin of Epiphany: Is the Seemingly Obvious Correct?

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Excellent link, Mike! I especially liked the first sentence of the concluding paragrpah: “In treating this question one has to deal with the problem that personal bias shapes the way in which history is perceived.”

Comment by Carl Sommer 10.22.08 @ 11:23 am

I loved this article. I think he’s hit on a tragedy in some modern views of early Christian history – that syncretism, though methodologically unsound, is still rampant. Heck, even when there’s nothing with which to be syncretic, people still find these supposed links!

Comment by Josh McManaway 10.23.08 @ 4:58 pm

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