Hello friends. I posted a few days ago about sources for understanding Catholicism, and the responses I have received have helped a great deal in my research. I’d like, now, to narrow my search to the Historical claims of the church. I’m looking for two things: A collection of early church writings and an unbiased overview of the early church’s history after the resurrection. I’d like to verify that what the Catholic church teaches was indeed in practice by our earliest writings and traditions. Specifically things such as the Eucharist, praying to saints, the authority of the Papacy and generally all the things Protestants like me struggle with.
I feel the need to add that I am looking for well documented history, not propaganda slanted to convince me. I’m more than half convinced that Catholic theology is the most cohesive Christian viewpoint I’ve ever seen, but I really want to see with my own eyes that the historical claims are accurate. To that end, I’m looking for works that stick to the facts and don’t try to argue their particular viewpoint. I’m interested in truth, nothing else. Likewise with the early writings, I’m looking for works with a minimum of commentary, just enough to prevent confusion.
**I am seeking an unbiased history of the church after Christ’s resurrection and a collection of primary sources with a minimum of commentary so that I can come to my own conclusions about the historic practices and traditions of the church. **
This site has been incredibly helpful so far, and I hope it can continue to help me here.