Supreme is the notion in which there is only ONE authority that rules over all others. Why then did Marcion have the intuition to bring another god into perspective, creating not just one god but two? His research brought him to a conclusion from the scriptures that evil was brought upon by another god prompting two gods. Tertullian ruled this to be simple stupidity. Tertullian was objectionable to this theory because Marcion created an “unknown” god. Tertullian argues that creating a second god produces uncertainty, demolishes the word supreme, and promotes that Christians were ashamed of the god they had!
As Marcion articulates that there is another God, Tertullian brutally steps forward announcing that creating a second God only brings uncertainty.
“Concerning the know there is no question. It is plain that He exists, else He would not be known. The dispute is concerning the unknown god. Possibly he has no existence; because, if he had, he would have been known”(Tartullian, Ch.IX).
He speculates that the creation of this unknown god was based upon nothing; that Marcion had no basis for a second god. Being unknown must only relate to having no existence, this is Tertullian’s argument. This argument brings the opposition of who, if there are two, is the supreme…the known god or the unknown?
Tertullian argues that there is only one god, “God Is not, If He is not one.”(Scripture), and if there is two, then which is the great Supreme? If not having one god is enough then why just settle for two? Are the two gods equal? Tertullian brings all of theses questions to the table. He states that if there is two gods then the word supreme means nothing in the Christian faith. If there was two Gods then equality most take place, making both Gods equal in power and strength. This would raise the questions: Whom should I worship? Who is the greatest? Who came first, this God or that God?. Tertullian expresses confusion between having one God from having two. He...