Marcion started the Marcionites around 140 AD, and they lasted for about three centuries, alongside Roman Christianity and the followers of Apollonius of Tyana.
Marcion was a wealthy merchant and excellent administrator. It appears that the connection between commerce and Christianity is a long one. After all don't many top salesmen refer to the Bible as a good story which has sold many people?
The Marcionites were celibate, vegetarian and prayed constantly. The oldest Christian church still standing is the Marcionite Synagogue with the inscription "Isu Chrestos" in Syria.
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