The Foundation Of Orthodoxy And The Canon

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THE FOUNDATION OF ORTHODOXY AND THE CANON

A Paper
Presented to Dr. Nickens of
Liberty University
Lynchburg, VA

In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for
Church History CHHI 301

by
Whitney J. Fitzwater
April 6, 2015

INTRODUCTION The history of the Church has seen key event and movements that influenced the New Testament canon. The way by which the New Testament cannon was formed as it was is a subject of debate to this day. To truly know and begin to understand God, one must be able to understand that Scripture is God-breathed. This is crucial for Christ followers in order to be sanctified and mature in their walk with Christ. In order to best understand the canon, one must be able to
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[or] Finally, the term includes the interpretive activity of the modern Christian reader who seeks not only to identify with the received tradition but also truthfully to appropriate the message and to be a faithful recipient of the gospel for the present age.

It is always best to first define and understand the context of the content in order to further the knowledge of it. This helps understand the way by which the canon has affected the message of the Gospel and the Church throughout history. The early Church could not have been able to decipher between right and wrong claims without a process to do so. The foundation of the canon has enabled the New Testament to remain true to the original writings. Furthermore, the movements surrounding the time of the New Testament canon are crucial to take note of. The most known books of the New Testament are the Gospels. These four books are written by four different people, yet they all align with the same content. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John present the good news as eyewitnesses. Although the canon was not yet formed, the agreement by the four men on the actual occurrence of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus aligned to the others. The Gospel had been known in the churches. Alexander Souter states, The Gospel was something well known in the churches, a document or body of documents, to which it was sufficient to appeal without further specification.” The letters written by Paul in the New
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