Okay, so in a previous thread I started -“A Mormon-Catholic Debate”- the conversation developed into one of apostolic succession. I thought I would outline what I think are lists of what each faith -Catholic and Mormon- must clearly demonstrate in order to win the centuries long debate over authority. This may be an impossible task given the mysteries and nuances of history, but I thought we could have a charitable dialogue nonetheless.
Mormons must establish the following:
- A definition of the “Great Apostasy”.
- A demonstration that such an apostasy took place.
- The earliest (approx. 30-100 AD) Christian Church was more similar to contemporary Mormonism than Catholicism.
- Apostolic authority was meant to be passed onto prophets and apostles, and not merely deacons, priests, bishops, etc. as it is in the Catholic tradition.
Catholics must establish the following:
- An apostasy as correctly defined by the Mormon faith never happened.
- The capital T traditions and capital D doctrines of the Christian Church were present in and have remained constant since their establishment in the first century AD.
- Apostolic succession has indeed continued legitimately since the deaths of the original twelve.
Feel free to add any points you think either faith must establish.