Early Christian Quotes

Did Pre-Nicene Church Fathers Teach the Papacy?

Roman Catholic apologists teach that their doctrine of the Papacy is an apostolic institution, and that church history demonstrates that. They often point to early Christian writings that they believe support their position, and they argue that these writings show that Peter, and each bishop of Rome after him, had supreme authority over all other …

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Did the Early Church Fathers Teach Apostolic Succession?

One of the most common arguments offered for apostolic succession is that the Early Church Fathers taught it. However, after examining all the quotations that are offered in support of this claim, I’ve concluded that it’s just not true. Instead, of apostolic succession of ordination, the early Christians taught apostolic succession of doctrine. How do …

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