[quote="Stephan19, post:1, topic:322843"]
Here are two questions I have been searching for and have had a hard time finding answers. My girlfriends dad is Protestant and I feel he has been greatly influenced by Lorraine Boettners "Roman Catholicism" and therefore has a very skewed vision of history and the Church. So my question is twofold:
1) Where can I find secular or Protestant proof/research/reports that Bible was compiled by the Catholic Church?
2) Where can I find secular or Protestant proof/research/reports that the Catholic Church can trace its lineage to Peter, the first Pope?
Thanks in advance
The claim usually is that Constantine created the catholic church in the 4th century. which means they agree we have been around at least that long.
The problem for them is that it was the authority of catholic church councils after this point that determined the makeup of the new testament which they accept whether they know it or not. I would definitely point that out to them.
So all you have to do is prove the churches existence, and the primacy of the bishop of Rome before this point. Which is easily done through the writings of the early church Fathers.
The writings of St. Ignatius of Antioch are great. They were written around 100 A.D. so very early. He goes to great lengths establishing that the church is ran by the Bishops who got their authority from the Apostles, also the belief of the real presence in the eucharist. The letter to the Smyrnians I would recommend.
also St. Irenaeus of Lyons in against heresies book three (140-202 A.D.)says
***"It is within the power of all, therefore, in every Church, who may wish to see the truth, to contemplate clearly the tradition of the apostles manifested throughout the whole world; and we are in a position to reckon up those who were by the apostles instituted bishops in the Churches, and [to demonstrate] the succession of these men to our own times; "
"by indicating that tradition derived from the apostles, of the very great, the very ancient, and universally known Church founded and organized at Rome by the two most glorious apostles, Peter and Paul; as also [by pointing out] the faith preached to men, which comes down to our time by means of the successions of the bishops. For it is a matter of necessity that every Church should agree with this Church, on account of its pre-eminent authority," ***he then goes on to name all the popes from Peter to his own time.
Also Justine Martyr is good
Here is the website to read all early church writtings: