Dr. Sara Parvis is a scholar of a theological hero of mine, Marcellus of Ancrya (some day, I’ll get that book), and cannot wait for her next publication in this area. For now, it’ll suffice reading occasional blogposts,
That key question, for example: was there an ‘orthodox’ Christianity before Constantine?
There are at least two ways of answering ‘yes’ to that question (I’ll leave it to others to consider how many ways there are of answering ‘no’). One is to say that it was always clear what Christians should rightly teach about Christ.
One of the paradoxes which I see is that those who came long before 325 or 381, would they be considered orthodox? Hardly, if one followed closely to it. Further, biblically speaking, should there have been developed orthodoxy or is that a part of the developed orthopraxy… and what if modern scholarship shows that developed theology is dramatically different from the earliest Christian communities?