Yesterday I purchased The Heresy of Orthodoxy: How Contemporary Culture’s Fascination with Diversity has Reshaped Our Understanding of Early Christianity by Andreas J. Kostenberger and Michael J. Kruger. For a while now I have thought that American scholars (especially) have overemphasized the diversity of early Christianity in order to recreate her in the image of our religious values. This does not mean that there was not diversity early in the history of the religion; it means that much like many historical Jesus scholars basically recreate him to be someone who would take up their socio-political agenda so many have reshaped the early church to function like our religious landscape.
It seems like a promising popular level introduction to the subject that counters Bart D. Ehrman, Elaine Pagels, and other similar liberal reconstructionist’s books. Kostenberger is a professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Kruger is from Reformed Theological Seminary. This means they will come from a very strong evangelical background. I. Howard Marshall makes sure to clarify in his introduction to the book that this does not prevent the material from being very useful.
Once I read through it I will make sure to post something here on this blog.