Fellowship Baptist Church
10-30-22 Visual Notes
Need for a New Testament Canon

Without a clear canon of recognized writings, future heretical claims to go unchecked. Marcion’s list required a response. 

  • The writings were officially collected because false teaching needed to be officially corrected. Roman persecution of Christians meant they had to know which teachings they were willing to die for.
  • A gradual consensus began to develop among orthodox Christians, and by the end of the second century the core of the New Testament canon was established with the recognition of the four Gospels, Acts, and the thirteen letters of Paul (minus the debatable presumption of Hebrews as Pauline).