Factors Influencing The Collaboration Of The New Testament

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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY FACTORS INFLUENCING THE COLLABORATION OF THE NEW TESTAMENT By Daniel Surmi CHHI 520 05 October, 2014 INTRODUCTION This paper will examine the internal and external factors which spurred and led to the well-known theologian Athanasius proposing the now existing New Testament books of the Holy Scriptures. The internal factors that will be examined in this paper include: Docetism, Judaism, Gnosticism, Marcionism, Montanism, and Apollinarianism. Secondly this paper will view how the false prophets influenced not only the doctrine of Christ but sought to take advantage of the Church’s generous heart for personal profit and gain. The external factors this paper will evaluate are: the persecution of the church and the influence of pagan cultures surrounding the Christian Gentiles. The events and topics covered will be from the 1st to 3rd century AD. Lastly this paper will look at the churches response to these factors as they will create an authoritative list of writings in which Christians can rest on and use as a foundation for their belief in Christ. All information and data in this paper is gathered from peer reviewed, published journals and vetted educational websites. TABLE OF CONTENTS INTERNAL FACTORS..................................................................................................................4 EXTERNAL

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