Are all four gospels in the NT accepted by every Christian denomination (whether trinitarian or non-trinitarian)? For example, you could have a christian denomination that accepts Mark’s gospel but rejects the other gospels. I don’t know for sure. These are just speculations.

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  • Perhaps some denomination might reject a certain passage of one of the Gospels, but not any one Gospel in itself.
    – Ken Graham
    Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 14:21
  • I don't know if "there are" but certainly "there were" denominations that rejected some of the gospels, like Catharism and Marcionism. Commented Oct 11, 2017 at 22:45

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I can't find any evidence for whole denominations which reject any of the Gospels, however among scholars the most contestable book tends to be the book of John. In particular the authorship and age of the book of John is a controversial subject - and if you consider this to be an important factor in whether John is a genuine gospel, then this will affect whether or not you accept the book as inspired.

As I say though, this isn't really a denominational issue so much as a scholarly one.

There have been issues with some of the letters on the other hand - for instance Martin Luther originally had issue with the inclusion of Hebrews, James, Jude and Revelation. Also Syriac Christian traditions didn't initially accept 2 Peter, 2 John, 3 John, Jude and Revelation. Both of these traditions ultimately came to accept these though - the main difference remaining is over the Deuterocanonical books which are included by Catholic/Greek Orthodox traditions but only deemed "useful for reading" and removed from the Biblical Canon in the Protestant traditions.

  • But scholarly views aside, every denomination (both trinitarian and non-trinitarian) believes that all 4 gospels are divinely inspired?
    – Lincoln
    Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 12:47
  • @Lincoln yes, that's what I'm getting at. I just figured it was polite to give more detail than essentially a "No" : p. I can't guarantee that there isn't some tiny sect within a denomination somewhere, or some small offshoot of a denomination, that disagrees. But among bodies of churches large enough to be called "denominations", there don't seem to be any which do not believe all 4 gospels are equally inspired
    – danl
    Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 12:53
  • @KorvinStarmast hopefully that's a bit clearer - I tried to make it fairly neutral before as to whether the books were added by one party or removed by the other as I wasn't quite sure which was more accurate
    – danl
    Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 13:16
  • @dani I was being a little nit picky: your edit presents the current state of play nicely. Comment removed. Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 13:18
  • Are there any websites that have more info on this? Surely, if there is some sect or a denomination that rejects some gospels and accept others (from within the NT), it should be written down somewhere.
    – Lincoln
    Commented Nov 4, 2016 at 18:55

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