Epiphanius (c.315-403) alleges that his father expelled him from his home church for seducing a consecrated virgin, but this generally held to be a libel among modern scholars. The encyclopedia of Christianity (3:398). About the middle of the second century (140–155) he traveled to Rome, where he joined the Syrian Gnostic Cerdo. Marcion was born in c.85 at Sinope (modern Sinop on the Black Sea) in Pontus the son of a bishop and became a prosperous ship owner and merchant. Marcion believed that Jesus was the savior sent by God, and Paul the Apostle was his chief apostle, but … Marcion believed that Jesus was the savior sent by God, and Paul the Apostle was his chief apostle, but … Marcionism is the theological doctrine known after the heretic Marcion of Sinope, “a shipowner from Pontus in Asia minor” 1 Fahlbusch, E., & Bromiley, G. W. (1999-2003). We note why Marcion of Pontus, a pivotal figure of second-century Christianity, played a key role in pushing Christian conversation around critical questions such as the canon of Scripture, Paul’s authority in the Church and the relationship Marcion insisted that the Church had obscured the Gospel by seeking to combine it with Judaism (Latourette KS. The Gospel of Marcion, called by its adherents the Gospel of the Lord, was a text used by the mid-2nd century Christian teacher Marcion of Sinope to the exclusion of the other gospels. In this episode we discuss the work of Marcion of Pontus (fl. B. Eerdmans who died around 160 A.D. Marcion taught that the God of the Old Testament was the author of evil, oppressive, and a … HarperCollins, San Francisco, 1975, p. 126). Who Was Marcion? (Irenaeus, Book 1, Chapter 27, Verses 1-4 Grand Rapids, Mich.; Leiden, Netherlands: Wm. Its reconstructed fragments now appear among the New Testament apocrypha. Marcion, the son of the bishop of Sinope (a sea-port of Pontus along the Black Sea) who had become a wealthy ship-owner, stood before the presbyters to expound his teachings in order to win others to his point of view. But because there are no existing sources of Marcion’s theology, except those contained in the answers of Christian writers, and, because even these writers have been selective, the scope of this study was necessarily limited to the basic problems of God, Scriptures, Christology, and Eschatology. 2. About the middle of the second century (140–155) he traveled to Rome, where he joined the Syrian Gnostic Cerdo. Marcion's teaching was condemned as heresy in the year 144. The scope of the Church’s answer covers the whole field of theological thought. In so doing, he advanced the most daring blasphemy against Him who is proclaimed as God by the law and the prophets, declaring Him to be the author of evils, to take delight in war, to be infirm of purpose, and even to be contrary to Himself. Marcion and the Marcionites (144 - 3rd century CE) At the end of July, 144 CE, a hearing took place before the clergy of the Christian congregations in Rome. Marcion was the son of a bishop of Sinope in Pontus. A History of Christianity, Volume 1: to A.D. 1500. “ Marcion, son of a bishop of Sinope in Pontus [there is some question about this], joined the Syrian Gnostic Cerdo in Rome in developing a dualistic view of sacred history which postulated the existence of two gods, the good and gracious God (Christ) and the Demiurge (Jehovah of the Jews). 140s AD). In a prior post we began looking at the increasing evidence that the New Testament is a product of the second century, rather than the first. Marcion of Pontus succeeded him, and developed his doctrine. Marcion was the son of a bishop of Sinope in Pontus. In other words, the original true Church of God truly did combine faith in Christ with practices that Marcion considered to be too Jewish.