My wife (non-denom evangelical) and I (on the journey to conversion) have had debates in the past about Church & Christian history. About the Catholic Church being the Church Christ founded and so on. No matter how I put it she will not get that the Catholic Church was the original church. She will say that no one was Catholic back then, they were just Christian. I simply put it this way - No one was called “Catholic” because there was no need to be. It was refered to as “Catholic” but in the universal term. That same church as it progressed through history is todays Catholic Church. You will find no “man” at the root of it’s begining. - She does’nt buy it. She does’nt believe that the Church can trace it’s history back to the Apostles or that Her beliefs can to. It’s hard to prove anything to her that is’nt in the Bible.
Question - Are there any books/references that prove Church/Christian history? Maybe that show how Christianity was in it’s early stages [ie…the Eucharist,praying to Saints,Mary…]. Any from a Protestant source would be great. I have seen one such book [a newer publication] co-authored by a Catholic & a Protestant theologian. I can’t remember the name though.
Christ be in us in 08!