a century after Jesus died, a battle began for the Old Testament.
Large numbers of faithful Christians fought about its contents and
even about its right to be called a Christian book!
one side, many Jewish converts charged Paul and most of the other
Apostles with a Great Apostasy, a pulling away from the deep roots of
their Jewish tradition. This, they argued, endangered the souls of
believers everywhere. They sought to retain intact the strict
practices and teachings of the Old Testament and to integrate more of
them into the still new and developing Christian Faith.
the other side, Marcionite Christians held such antipathy toward the
Old Testament that they advocated leaving it behind entirely. They
even sought to purge from the New Testament practices and notions
they judged too friendly to Jewish ideas.
outcome of this conflict would affect nearly every aspect of the new
Christian Faith and the daily lives of believers everywhere, for
centuries to come.
won these crucial, climactic Scripture Wars?
did, of course but not without raising up a great saint whose keen
mind and deep faith expelled from Christianity both false
understandings of how the gentle, loving God of the New Testament
relates to the often-stern God of the Old.
saint was Justin of Neapolis, known today as St. Justin Martyr. These
pages tell the surprisingly exciting tale of Justin's encounters with
these vigorous early heresies that threatened to paralyze the young
Church just as she was struggling to her feet.
Wars is an inspiring, true-life testimony to our Father's providence,
a tale that has the power to strengthen the faith of Catholics even
today, eighteen centuries later.