Polycarp – How a church father with a funny name gives us strong evidence for the early use and high esteem of the New Testament documents
by Erik Manning
How do we know the books that we have in the New Testament are the right books? Why isn’t the Gospel of Thomas or the Gospel of Mary included with the other four gospels? And didn’t the teachings of the disciples and apostles get corrupted over the centuries?
Christians often get tested with these questions. While I hate to admit it, this is also the quiz that most believers flunk. We need to be better prepared and that requires a little understanding of early church history.
So let me introduce you to a guy who went by the funny name of Polycarp. His life and martyrdom are a big part of the answer to these inquiries…