But then there are Protestants (pardon me, non-Catholics, since Protestant is offensive to many) who say that Polycarp, Ignatius, and many others are myths, that these people never existed, and their supposed letters and writings are forgeries created by the Catholic Church centuries later.
Calvin College has a website that contains all the writings of the early church fathers. Here is the link:
I’ve used this website to read the early writings.
I’ve referred other Protestants to it. They’ve reported back that the website itself states that some of these early writings are shaded in their true origin, and that it is possible they are forgeries by the Catholic Church.
It’s certainly possible that the scholars at Calvin College would write stuff like this, since historically the Reformed Church has been opposed to Catholicism.
To me, this kind of thinking sounds like what Hitler said about the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Scholars had proved that this work was a piece of fiction. Hitler said, 'Of course they say that. They are trying to cover up the truth."
The old “conspiracy theory” mindset. The “Mulder Mindset” (Fox Mulder on X-Files): “They’re all lying to us.”
Anyway, I’m not really sure how to answer this theory, since “scholars” support it.