Skip to comments.History of the Catholic Church: From the Apostolic Age to the Third Millennium
Posted on 07/27/2013 1:35:20 PM PDT by NKP_Vet
The Catholic Church is the longest-enduring institution in the world. Beginning with the first Christians and continuing in our present day, the Church has been planted in every nation on earth.
The Catholic Church claims Jesus Christ himself as her founder, and in spite of heresy from within and hostility from without, she remains in the twenty-first century the steadfast guardian of belief in his life, death, and resurrection. The teachings and redemptive works of Jesus as told in the Gospels are expressed by the Church in a coherent and consistent body of doctrine, the likes of which cannot be found in any other Christian body.
The history of the Catholic Church is long, complicated, and fascinating, and in this book it is expertly and ably told by historian James Hitchcock. As in the parable of Christ about the weeds that were sown in a field of wheat, evil and good have grown together in the Church from the start, as Hitchcock honestly records. He brings before us the many characters--some noble, some notorious--who have left an indelible mark on the Church, while never losing sight of the saints, who have given living testimony to the salvific power of Christ in every age.
This ambitious work is comprehensive in its scope and in incisive in its understanding, a valuable addition to any school or home library.
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It looks like the Jews get slighted again.
Now you’ve done it. Get ready for incoming.
I only wish I wasn’t so busy over the next few days and will have to be an onlooker/observer.
Thanks for the tip on the book though, I can use it for my confirmation class.
“The Catholic Church is the longest-enduring institution in the world.”
Not for long if the homos and the communist Obama has
It is also available from Ignatius Press.
It looks like Jesus gets slighted, also. Jesus and His Body of born again BELIEVERS is NOT an institution nor a 'religion' with man made teachings which are worldly and secular which are not of God.
His church is all about HIS WORD ALONE and fellowship with The Father. Christians are well aware, Jesus and His disciples were Jewish and Paul being their most ardent defender. Then he encountered Jesus and became born again, not of the flesh but of the Spirit. It wasn't about 'law' anymore but ALL ABOUT JESUS - grace and faith - and then he was the most ardent teacher of the Kingdom of God. Then God chose him to write 2/3 of the NT inspired by His Spirit that lived within him. Christians know their roots and the OT tells of great men of faith.
The counterfeits will be destroyed as everything NOT of GOD will be. This is the time to deceive man so that is why they exist.
Judaism as a religion has been around longer, but it is difficult to point to an institution inside of the religion that has been around longer than the Catholic Church. The Jewish Rabbinate is more of a conception of an institution, not an institution. That said it appears the Japanese Monarchy can be traced to 600 BC.
I’m going to say I believe a lot of what you posted (but not all) and leave it at that. I don’t need another debate filibuster right now. Take care. Peace be to you.
Me neither so we are on the same page with that! Enjoy your weekend.
Where do you get this idea that the Church is not of God? Also where do you get his idea that this is the time to deceive man?
Jews are a people. They are not an institution. They were not slighted in the least.
Just finished it. An easy to read, concise history of the Catholic Church.
I also have it and I agree with you.
Not for long if the homos and the communist Obama has
I beg to differ. Persecution will only make the Church stronger.
The RCC is a paganized totalitarian impostor masquerading as the true church. Neither the New Testament nor the Patristic writings support their bogus claims. What we see in the Patristic writings is reflected in Evangelicalism, not the RCC.
To take only one issue, the premillennial beliefs of Justin, Ireneaue, Tertullian, Hippolytus, the belief of the Evangelicals matches theirs.
The RCC owes their Amillennialism to one man, Augustine. The RCC’s Amillennial interpretation of Rev. 20 was, truth be told, the main impetus for their totalitarian tyrannical rule over Europe during the middle ages. Per Revelation, the Popes believed that they were supposed to be ruling from thrones with an iron rod during this alleged millennial church age. Hence their killing and burning anybody that defied them.
Their claim as the true church is one of the biggest lies of history.
Wow !!! Do you write for Game of Thrones or some other fantasy show. If not, you are definitely qualified as a fantasy writer with the flight of fancy you just posted. Please forward your bibliography and documentation for your claims. It should make for interesting reading?
I have not read it and can't comment on its content, but I can envision a HISTORY that is neither an advocacy nor a condemnation, but an objective view of an institution that, for better or worse, has shaped most of what we know today as Western Civilization.
It could be a fascinating work, and a worthwhile addition to any thinking man's library.
you go with that theory...over two thousand years of history and historians have proven you wrong...MOST Protestants in mainline denominations agree with the Catholic Church history and only a few deniers like yourself make up their own version of history....very sad....read a book or two.
I am curious how there have been Jews in Rome for over 2000 years? If there is anyone the RCC would want to punish, kill and burn, it would be the Jews. And it would be easiest in Rome, where the Church had actual temporal power for several centuries. However, the oppression did not start until after the Protestant Reformation started.
If you want examples of Protestant intolerance, feel free to examine Protestant reactions to Copernicus and Darwin.
Your claim that the Evangelical beliefs match those of Tertullian is wrong. In Scorpiace, Tertullian quotes Baruch 6:3.
Let's don't go there. Remember Galileo? The one who by studying the planets found out about heliocentrism? (That's where the planets go around the sun.) Well the Catholic Church beat the poop out of the old man and put him under house arrest. Scared the daylights out of him for being correct. Real tolerance there. The One True Church was wrong and behaved with cruelty.
I read somewhere that there are, or were other institutions arguably more ancient. One was the Ethiopian monarchy (ca 975 BC - 1975 AD?) --- but that's gone now, and so "out of the running" so to speak. Another would be Buddhist monasticism, depending on whether or not you see it as unified and continuous enough to be called an institution.