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The Early Church Was the Catholic Church (Case of 20 Books)

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When it comes to the history of Christianity, the Catholic Church makes a pretty bold claim: that the earliest Christians were Catholics—and that their beliefs and practices have continued unbroken all the way to the present-day Church.

But the Last Supper was a long time ago, and for hundreds of years Protestants have been attacking Catholic claims about Christianity’s historic origins, traditions, and practices. They prefer to believe that the earliest, “purest” Church had much more in common with their own congregations and doctrines.

So, how can you be sure the Catholic Church has it right?

You’ll get your answer from Joe Heschmeyer (Pope Peter, A Man Named Joseph), who deftly joins the Catholic past and present in The Early Church Was the Catholic Church. Focusing on the first two centuries (before any Roman “apostasy” is said to have taken place) and bedrock principles of Christian belief, authority, and worship, Heschmeyer digs deep into the words and actions of those who lived right after the apostles to refute anti-Catholic claims of how the Faith was practiced “back then.”

Early Christianity is not some mist-enshrouded island of the distant past that was waiting for the Protestant Reformers to rediscover it. No, it’s recognizable and familiar: the beginning of a Spirit-guided line of faith leading directly to today’s Catholic Church. If you want to learn to defend that Church at its roots—or if you’re just curious about what our eldest Christian brothers and sisters believed—you can expect in these pages to be richly rewarded.


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Joe Heschmeyer
Case of 20 Softcover Books
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5 Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by Catholic Bard on Oct 30th 2023

    The bulk book purchase is perfect. We place the books in the church entrance for anyone to take & read. Can’t keep them on the shelf.

  • 5
    To be steeped in history...

    Posted by Patrick Michael on Mar 15th 2023

    A dangerous book since it's impossible to comprehend what you read in it and remain invincibly ignorant.

  • 5
    Fantastic Source for Class

    Posted by Grace on Aug 4th 2022

    I will use these books as a supplemental reading in my Church History course as we learn about the early years of the Church. I look forward to many great discussions with my high school students as they get the chance to learn more about the context of the primary sources we'll rely on in class.

  • 5
    200 Hundred Years

    Posted by Raymond Newman on Jun 16th 2022

    Joe Heschmeyer makes a compelling case that the early church was the Catholic church through a thorough examination of the first 200 years of Christianity. This a must-read, must-share book! The next time they go on sale send a case to your Parish.

  • 5
    The Early Church was the Catholic Church

    Posted by Ann Gura on Feb 28th 2022

    I haven't finished it yet, but this book is well written and seems to be researched really well. It's really interesting and very easy to read. I highly recommend this book who are looking to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Catholic Church

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