Did Marcion call the creator 'God'?
Litwa, M. David. (2021). Did Marcion call the creator 'God'? Journal of Theological Studies. 72(1), pp. 231-246. https://doi.org/10.1093/jts/flab010
|Authors||Litwa, M. David|
Scholars often assert that Marcion believed in two Gods or supported a ditheistic theology. This essay argues that Marcion and his followers avoided calling the creator ‘God’ in an absolute sense. Instead, they preferred terms like ‘creator’ and ‘cosmocrator’. It is unlikely that Marcion would have described himself as a believer in two Gods (a type of polytheist). He maintained that there was one true God superior to the creator, without independently affirming the creator’s deity in an absolute sense. For Marcion(ites), the creator was not truly God, because the creator was not entirely good.
|Journal||Journal of Theological Studies|
|Journal citation||72 (1), pp. 231-246|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1093/jts/flab010|
|Research or scholarly||Research|
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|Online||18 Oct 2021|
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|Deposited||01 Mar 2022|
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