Are Christians Naively Marcionite in Their Theology and Practice?

The Old Testament points to, foreshadows, and proves Christ. To ignore it in “favor” of Christ is the height of weirdness.


Just recently, I was having a discussion with a friend of mine about how Christians approach the Old Testament. He happened to pass this quote onto me by Richard B. Hays who says the following:

Many “mainstream” Protestant churches today are in fact naively Marcionite in their theology and practice: in their worship services they have no OT reading, or if the OT is read it is rarely preached upon.  Judaism is regarded as a legalistic foil from which [Jesus] has delivered us.  (I once had a student say to me in class: “Judaism was a harsh religion that taught people to fear God’s judgment, but Jesus came to teach us to love God with all of our heart and soul and strength.”)  This unconscious Marcionite bias has had a disastrous effect on the theological imagination of many Protestant churches, at least in the United States….” – Richard B…

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7 thoughts on “Are Christians Naively Marcionite in Their Theology and Practice?

  1. I’m on a roll here …. might I suggest “To ignore it in favor of Christ in the New Testament is the height of weirdness.” Blessings!


  2. “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”
    John 5:39

    The only scriptures they had then was the Old Testament… and they still testify of Him, Gloriously.

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  3. I believe Jesus never sounded more like a carpenter than when He said, “I have not come to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it.” Jesus did not see what was lacking in the Old Testament and tear it down so that He could replace it completely. Instead, He brought the finishing touches–HIMSELF–that brought God’s entire self-revelation to perfection.
    Too many Christians try to interpret the Old Testament in light of the New. Or vice versa. Perhaps we should interpret both the Old and New Testaments in light of Jesus Christ Himself (Hebrews 1:1-3).

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  4. “For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
    But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?”
    John 5:46-47



  5. Good share, Brandon. I have never experienced a church who ignores the OT, but I have heard such, and it seems to be common with some of the TV guys(who also ignore much about Scripture in general)

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