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How Greek Philosophy Corrupted the Christian Concept of God

Overview

Released
March 2, 2023
ISBN
9781462100033
Format
ePub

Book Details

This insightful book 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 philosophy has influenced major attributes 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.

Author Description

Richard R. Hopkins graduated from UCLA and was a Los Angeles trial attorney for twenty-one years. 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. Married since 1986, he and his wife have four sons and a growing number of grandchildren.

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