Marcion is perhaps one of the most important figures who shaped the beliefs, structures and collection of scriptural writings of the church in the second century and beyond. Yet the details of his life remain shadowy. No manuscripts of his own works remain, and he was subjected to thoroughgoing attempts to write him out of the history of the church. The impact he had on church beliefs and structures was dramatic. Inadvertently, he helped crystallize many embryonic developments as those opposed to his ideas reacted against him. However, in the modern period, while his importance has been recognised, it has also often been misrepresented. Thus, he has been characterized both as a champion of plurality and also as a reformer seeking a more universal and purer type of faith.
- Marcion’s Gospel
- Two Gods