I came across a pastor of “non-denominational” denomination church. He told me how 95% of his church are ex-Catholics. He told me this “fairy tale” about how the Catholic Church began (which he has probably said to many other of his ex-Catholics members). He said prior to Constantine, the church was mostly people of the “written word”. The biggest “fairy tale” was how Constantine wanted to attract the pagans into the Christian Church. Since the pagans had different Gods and Goddesses (i.e., the Goddess of the Ocean, etc.), that the Constantine had the Catholic church start the worshipping to Mary and the Saints in order to attract pagans.
I’m looking for some good books on the history of the Catholic Church (from around the time of Constantine). So please let me know of any recommendations.