I posted a similar question like this before but it was left unanswered by our Non-Catholic Christian friends.
When it comes to true authentic Christian history, I have seen that Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Church’s point of view of history remains accurate. These two churches maintain that Jesus Christ establish a One Church.
The Catholic Church maintain that Jesus build his Church upon Peter as the Prince of the Apostles. While the Orthodox Church maintain that Rome, Jerusalem, Antioch, Alexandria, and Constantinople are equal in authority. The split came in 1054 AD between Western and Eastern Christianity.
However, some Protestants (not all; please note not all Protestants) claim that the Church departed from the truth. They come up with theories when this departure of the truth took place. These theories aren’t even back up by historical evidence. Perhaps, they want to discredit the Catholic Church or even the Orthodox Church.
I do think that there should be a need for Protestants to take a more open minded view of historical Christianity and not view it with Protestant lenses. It’s as if they are afraid what history will remain?
Some Protestant historians with good scholarly word have admit that the Catholic Church played an important role in Church history dispite. Protestants like Joseph Barber Lightfoot.
Catholics are often called by their Protestant brothers and sisters to read the Bible. I say yes we should. We, Catholics on the other hand, would like to see Protestants read the Early Church Fathers, especially the Apostolic Fathers (St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. Polycarp, St. Clement of Rome, St. Papias, (Bishops who were taught by the Apostles themselves), and the Early Church Fathers.
These early Leaders of Christ’s Church defended the Divinity of Jesus Christ against heresies. You may disagree with our doctrines and beliefs, but don’t be deceived by men who distort Christian history like reading “Trail of Blood.” Look at Christian history by reflecting at the events of those times.