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by Richard R. Hopkins


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He served a mission to the New England States Mission under Presidents Truman G. Madsen and Boyd K. Packer. He was ordained a seventy in 1971. The author has written this book to explain that what we think of as orthodox Christianity changed and evolved after the time of the apostles (roughly 100 AD) to reach its present state by approximately 300-350 AD. He notes the literal/symbolic approach to religion taken by Old Testament writers and the metaphysical approach taken when explaining the New Testment writings.

The book identifies how Greek phillosophy has influenced major atributes of God taught in classical theism. Hopkins lays it all out there - how the views of the thinkers of the first few centuries shaped Christian doctrine and thought. The book constitutes a major challenge to those who accept the tenants of classical theism but do not know the many aspects of their doctrine that are based on Greek philosophy. You are able to see how "God lost his body" by the time we get to the fourth century. Through the writings of these thinkers we can see how the vision Nephi had in 1 Nephi 13 played out.

Richard Hopkins exposes with detailed documentation how "orthodox" Christian thinking of God today actually is. .

Richard Hopkins exposes with detailed documentation how "orthodox" Christian thinking of God today actually is extremely Hellenistic and came into existence much after the time of Christ. ENG. Number of Pages.

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Richard Hopkins in his book, How Greek Philosophy Corrupted the Christian Concept of God. says, By the second century . interpretation of the Scriptures was strongly influenced by the methods of rhetoric and exegesis commonly taught in the Greek educational system. Even the word ‘theology’ used today by Christians was coined not by a Christian leader, but by the Greek philosopher Plato. He did that by knowing the history of the conflicts between the Christian and Moslem worlds dating back to the Middle Ages. In August 1989 he gave a speech about it, and investors who followed his advice made handsome profits! A View of History I Often Find Helpful.

Hopkins, Richard R. Bountiful, Utah: Horizon, 1998. Jager, W. Early Christianity and Greek Paideia. Manchester, William R. A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance. Boston: Little, Brown, 1993. Nash, Ronald H. Christianity & the Hellenistic World.

Nietzsche claimed that the Christian religion and its morality are based on imaginary fictions

Nietzsche claimed that the Christian religion and its morality are based on imaginary fictions this entire fictional world has its roots in hatred of the natural (-actuality!-) all the instincts of decadence, all cowardices and weariness of the soul.

How Greek Philosophy Corrupted the Christian Concept of God brings profound new insights to the Trinitarian doctrines of "orthodox" Christianity. With clear and precise documentation, the book shows how these doctrines migrated into early Christianity from Greek philosophy. The various aspects of Trinitarian belief are isolated, linked to their Greek sources, and carefully analyzed to show they differ radically from biblical teaching. The writings of early church fathers, portrayed in their historical context, show that during the second century, theological concepts taught in Platonism were adopted as Christianity struggled to end Roman persecution. Emperor Marcus Aurelius, a famous Stoic philosopher, was putting Christians to death because their belief did not conform to the Hellenized religion of the day. The book shows that the early Church Fathers sought to save their people's lives by redefining the Christian God in Greek terms. Their efforts brought metaphysics to Christianity and ushered in concepts like the Trinity. After presenting the historical setting in which these philosophical errors were embraced as Christian doctrine, the book compares orthodox Christian theology today, called "classical theism," to biblical teachings. The book identifies how Greek phillosophy has influenced major atributes of God taught in classical theism. The book constitutes a major challenge to those who accept the tenants of classical theism but do not know the many aspects of their doctrine that are based on Greek philosophy.

Comments: (7)

Marr
This is a very interesting book. I'm not sure I completely agree with the author, but the book is well laid-out and certainly makes you think. It is a great overview of some topics dealing with early so-called-heresies and is definitely laid out for easy reference; you couldn't do much better unless you had a little guy handing you quotes on that score, so it is well suited to quoting in discussions.

One complaint I have, topically, is the concept of the corporeality of God mentioned here-in. I'm pretty sure it(Biblically) says somewhere "God is a spirit and must be worshipped in spirit." I have yet to find this, but believe it is a fairly well-known verse.

Another I have is the Mormon(I suppose) concept of Jesus being elevated to a near replacement-God in heaven. Did our immortal God retire(?)! Jesus could be a(albeit mature)young man working with His father in Heaven, but this part sounds like a bit much to me. He could certainly be as Joseph to Pharaoh, but can a Man(who is in the Lord's image) have a son who is a grown robust man himself and still be a father,idol-to-be-emulated to him(I suppose he(son)could still admire and wonder at him)? Has God gone from the Old Testiment protector and Mighty One of Israel to a tough WW11 vet who is cruising around on His harley somewhere? Possibly I suppose, but if so it would certainly be of His own choice as opposed to being subject to time, aging, like we discussing this are--of course, as to God, His ways are not our ways, and He can do as He wishes I'm sure.
Monn
The author has written this book to explain that what we think of as orthodox Christianity changed and evolved after the time of the apostles (roughly 100 AD) to reach its present state by approximately 300-350 AD. He notes the literal/symbolic approach to religion taken by Old Testament writers and the metaphysical approach taken when explaining the New Testment writings.

He ascribes the change to the increasing influence over the years of Greek philosophy in the church. He explains the development of Greek philosophy and argues that the philosophic defense of Christianity was taken by many of the Apologists and Church Fathers to reduce the persecution of the church by the Roman empire. He explains in detail the reasons why the Roman emperors had trouble with the new religion, Christianity, which did not fit well with either the old pagan system, nor Plato's Monist view that the world we see is illusory, and not real in the same sense God is real, nor yet Aristotle's dualistic system. The net effect of the changes wrought by the well-intentioned Apologists was to lead the interpretation of the scriptures away from a literal/symbolic interpretation of the scriptures to a metaphysical interpretation never intended by the Hebrew writers of the Old and New Testaments. He attempts to show the meaning the Hebrew writers would have given to passages commonly interpreted in a metaphysical way.

The author includes many citations to early and later Apologists, or defenders of the faith, which tends to make the book rather like a college textbook. The author has incorporated a second theme: using the foregoing discussion as a defense of the LDS faith (Mormon), contending that the LDS faith has followed the original intent of the original writers, unlike modern Christianity.

While some readers may not agree with the later chapters regarding the LDS church, the earlier chapters are well worth the effort, providing extensive background in the early Christian church and Greek philosophic history.
Munigrinn
Great book and well researched. Shows the path orthodox Christianity took as it absorbed Greek philosophy into its doctrine.
Jieylau
This is a very scholarly book. You can't read through it quickly. But it is very eye opening, and will cause you to reflect on what you really believe.
Xisyaco
I was pleased to find this book offered on Amazon. It is the best resource I have ever encountered which provides an overview of the influences during the 1st through 4th centuries A.D which changed the principles of theology from those understood by the apostles of Christ to those incorporated into the various creeds adopted after 325 AD.
Fenrikasa
Great source of information on the integration of Greek Philosophy into Christian doctrine and its standardization in Catholic and Protestant denominations. I now understand early Church history much better.
How Greek Philosophy Corrupted the Christian Concept of God download epub
Christian Denominations & Sects
Author: Richard R. Hopkins
ISBN: 0882906070
Category: Christian Books & Bibles
Subcategory: Christian Denominations & Sects
Language: English
Publisher: Horizon Pub & Dist Inc (April 1, 1998)
Pages: 464 pages