[quote="CopticChristian, post:6, topic:252950"]
Not to be outdone, you will find on some Protestant websites a history that goes something like this,
The Medieval Church
The claim is that the Church was different in the time of the Apostles, The Fathers, Augustine and The Medieval times and then everything went wrong so that Protestants had to retrieve the Church of the Fathers and Augustine.
I recall a Lutheran stating that the only explanation for the teachings of the early Church fathers that support Catholic beliefs on faith and works, the papacy, etc, is that the ECFs clearly taught error. :rolleyes:
I have noted, though, what I think is an implicit assumption of apostasy among many Protestants. Regardless of whether I am right about that, I think it is clear that the Reformation set the stage for Joseph Smith's restoration.
[quote="ParkerD, post:7, topic:252950"]
Christ Is the Way,
The answers about your question are found in the first two paragraphs of the article you cited:
"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has proclaimed to the world consistently since its beginning that there was an apostasy of the church founded by Jesus during his Palestinian ministry and led by his Apostles following his ascension. 1 This is a fundamental belief of the Latter-day Saints. If there had not been an apostasy, there would have been no need for a restoration.
Latter-day Saint theology asserts that the church of the Savior and his Apostles in the Old World came to an end within a century after its formation. 2 The doctrines which its inspired leaders taught were corrupted and changed by others not of similar inspiration, the authority to act in God’s name was taken from the earth, and none of the Christian systems that existed after those developments, though they did some good things, enjoyed divine endorsement as the Lord’s own church."
The article is talking specifically about the "Old World" (meaning not the New World), and about the church that was "led by His Apostles following His ascension", meaning the apostles who are listed in the New Testament. So it isn't talking about what was happening in the New World at that time, at all.
As I read it, it seems to teach that the apostasy that occurred in the Old World led to "the authority to act in God's name" being "taken from the earth," as the words in bold indicate. That is not a limited apostasy. In every discussion I've had with Mormons, including missionaries, they have always told me the "great apostasy" occurred by the end of the 1st century AD. Might you provide a link or citation from an LDS authority that states that the great apostasy occurred much later, as indicated by the Book of Mormon?