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By Peter Stanford

Regardless of widespread prognostications in regards to the 'death of God' and the triumph of secular materialism, faith continues to be a principal part within the lives of most folks world wide. There are presently considered 2 billion Christians, 1.2 billion Muslims, 800 million Hindus, besides a few seven hundred million fans of alternative religions.

Religion: 50 rules you actually need to grasp deals a transparent direction throughout the conceptual and denominational thickets of worldwide faith. Award-winning spiritual affairs correspondent Peter Stanford starts off with an exam of sacred texts, the divine precept and reliable and evil, sooner than relocating directly to a dialogue of different traditions inside of Christianity, Islam, Judaism and the myriad customs of the East.

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It is unclear how one would distinguish between this phenomenon and the case where a scribe may have read a gospel account firsthand and then subsequently drawn upon this from memory to write a text such as the Gospel of Peter. 175 In relation to the story of the guard at the tomb contained in both the Matthean account and the Gospel of Peter Brown sees the continuous account in the latter text as not solely dependent on Matthew. ’176 It is, however, difficult to understand how Brown can so easily differentiate between these possibilities of oral and written tradition.

134 E. B. R. James, The Apocryphal New Testament (Oxford: OUP, 1924) 13ff; 90ff. H. Stanton, ‘The Gospel of Peter, its early history and character considered in relation to the history of the recognition in the Church of the canonical gospels’, JTS 2 (1900) 1–25. 26 introduction Stanton prefaces his own investigation with an interesting note that attests the cessation of interest in this text. The publication by M. 137 Support for this conclusion is dependent upon four subsidiary arguments developed in the article.

180 Although for an attempt to problematise this assumption see Mournet, Oral Tradition and Literary Dependency. 181 H. Koester, Ancient Christian Gospels: Their History and Development (Philadelphia/London: TPI/SCM, 1990) 216–231; P. N. J. 3 (1989) 103–111. 38 introduction the canonical accounts. ’183 This conclusion appears to represent the majority position among scholars. Although this is not always reflected through the appearance of published opinion, personal discussions and public seminars at conferences provide at least anecdotal evidence that the dependence of the Gospel of Peter on canonical accounts is the more widely held position.

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