Marcion's theology was dominated by the antithesis between the ot creator god of law (the demiurge) and jesus' god of love and grace according to tertullian, 'the principal, and consequently the entire, matter of discussion is one in number, whether it is permissible to suggest the existence of two gods' (adv marc. Marcion assumes the existence of two gods from the antithesis between things visible and things invisible this antithetical principle in fact characteristic of the works of the creator, the one god--maker of all things visible and invisible chapter xvii--not enough, as the marcionites pretend, that the supreme god. Though marcion is known for the compilation of the first well defined canon of the new testament this was not his only accomplishment he was also a resourceful theologian, an able founder of a structured fellowship of churches and a writer— even though his work the antithesis did not outlived and has come to us. God of marcion does intervene, and he does so exactly in the way the old testament describes it marcion's second god, the god of the new testament, forms a clear antithesis to the old testament god, but he did not in any way replace him the contrast between these two gods forms the very centre of marcion's theology. Marcion is said to have gathered scriptures from jewish tradition, and juxtaposed these against the sayings and teachings of jesus in a work entitled the antithesis besides the antithesis, the testament of the marcionites was also composed of a gospel of christ which was marcion's version of luke, and that the marcionites.
Most interestingly, lieu claims that tertullian's portrait of marcion emerges from a “complex of antithesis and attraction”[viii] although she does not say it directly, lieu seems to understand in this statement that tertullian is scandalized by his adversary–marcion according to lieu, “it is impossible to ignore. 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 for some years he had been a member of one of the roman churches, and had proved the sincerity of. In the same way, we might reconsider whether marcion's proposal is not the christian option on the question of the two testaments that is not the most respectful of judaism in marcion's estimation, the jewish scriptures are true enough in the jewish frame of reference, a book antithetical to christianity as he understood it. Although adolf von harnack, his famous biographer of the early 20th century, saw him derived from a family of jewish proselytes, scholars ascribed to him “an explicit distaste for judaism,” and “a strong anti-semitic attitude” (walter bauer) the following article shows marcion's complex relation to judaism, his antithetical.
Marcionism was an early christian dualist belief system that originated in the teachings of marcion of sinope at rome around the year 144 marcion believed jesus was the savior sent by god, and paul the apostle was his chief apostle, but he rejected the hebrew bible and the god of israel marcionists believed that the. Even marcion finds here an antithesis: how that elisha indeed required a material resource, applied water, and that seven times whereas christ, by the employment of a word only, and that but once for all, instantly effected the cure and surely i might venture to claim the very word also as of the creator's substance. This is implied by the statement which harnack is so fond of quoting and which is supposed to have formed the beginning of marcion's antithesis: o wonder of wonders, rapture, might and astonishment, that man can neither say nor think anything concerning the gospel, nor compare it with anything.
Quotes o wonder beyond wonders, rapture, power, and amazement is it, that one can say nothing at all about the gospel, nor even conceive of it, nor compare it with anything possibly the opening lines of marcion's antithesis quoted in marcion and luke-acts: a defining struggle (2006) by joseph b tyson, p 31. The gnostic aethereal matrix was mobilized to counteract the growing influence of marcion's antithesis the orthodox were less disturbed over the gnostics than they were over marcion) the gnostics believed they had adequately explained how darkness and corruption could ultimately descend from a singular source of. Fellowship of churches and a writer— even though his work the antithesis did not outlived and has come to us through his opponents marcion's place in early christian history is indisputable his influence through the ages has been such that e c blackman says in the foreword of his work, marcion and his influence.