ECFs and Peter as rock


#1

Is it true that none of the Early Church Fathers interpret Matt 16:18 as Peter being the Rock?

I have a protestant quoting from Dave Hunt’s “The Woman Rides the Beast” :rolleyes: in a public forum and I want to defend the Catholic position before he leads anyone astray

Thanks


#2

Peace be with you!

Just the fact that this person is quoting Dave Hunt should throw any argument they make into the trash…and tell them that. James White, the well-known Protestant apologist, even agreed with Jimmy Akin in a debate they were having that Dave Hunt’s “scholarship” was…well…poor, to say the least.

Start here:
catholic.com/library/Peter_Primacy.asp
then brouse through the other tracts on Peter and the papacy.

But if I were you, I would most definitely be sure to address the use of a Dave Hunt book as a source. Dave Hunt has no idea what the heck he’s talking about. Ask this person why they won’t consult a Church source…or even the Bible. Protestants always seem to consult anti-Catholic sources as their only source of information about the Church and you should definitely address that.

In Christ,
Rand


#3

[quote=RichSpidizzy]Is it true that none of the Early Church Fathers interpret Matt 16:18 as Peter being the Rock?

I have a protestant quoting from Dave Hunt’s “The Woman Rides the Beast” :rolleyes: in a public forum and I want to defend the Catholic position before he leads anyone astray

Thanks
[/quote]

Oh gosh I have read probably two dozen documents of Church Fathers who all interpret Peter as the Rock.


#4

<< I have a protestant quoting from Dave Hunt’s “The Woman Rides the Beast” in a public forum and I want to defend the Catholic position before he leads anyone astray >>

Dave Hunt’s main source for that point is Peter DeRosa who is not a patristics scholar. I would suggest doing a search in these forums for Peter, Rock, Fathers, etc. There are at least 20 good threads on that topic. Point out also the Catechism itself presents several interpretations, with Peter = Rock the primary one. St. Augustine had all views: Peter, Christ, Peter’s faith/confession, and Peter’s successors.

Also make sure you nail them with Protestant/Evangelical commentaries on Matthew 16. Plenty found here in my unfinished response to James G. McCarthy’s anti-Catholic book.

Phil P


#5

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