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The Early Church Was the Catholic Church (Softcover)

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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
Softcover Book, 240 pgs
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21 Reviews

  • 5
    Good Read

    Posted by Unknown on Mar 6th 2024

    Wow very interesting

  • 5
    The Early Church was the Catholic Church

    Posted by kevin booker on Dec 5th 2023

    Great book filled with information from the Church Fathers that will only amaze and strengthen your faith. Highly Recommended.

  • 5
    The Early Church was the Catholic Church

    Posted by John Koga on Oct 3rd 2023

    Very readable and fact-filled book. I like the books by this author.

  • 5
    A book of the utmost quality

    Posted by Daniel Jackson on Jul 19th 2023

    This book has fully proved and explained the origins and facts about various Heresies, as well as Baptism, the Eucharist and the Mass, the Church structure, and the Gospels. As a former protestant, this work has fully satisfied all my other curiosities about the nature of the early Church, which is undoubtedly the Catholic Church. In addition, the author has provided a wealth of rhetoric about Protestant objections, and has intelligently laid out their various logical and historical flaws. I am thoroughly impressed with the veracity of this work, and there's nearly 100 citations per chapter to boot. All the arguments are high IQ, comprehensive, logical, and readable. I would recommend this book to anyone who is curious about the history of early Christianity, Catholic or Protestant. For the latter, I believe it serves as a compelling argument to join the Church and enjoy its richness in faith, history, and doctrine. I've already purchased 40 copies to hand out my friends and family, and anyone who I may meet in the future.

  • 5

    Posted by Amy on Jun 13th 2023

    This book was deep and has so much information! It is easy to read, and I highly recommend it to all Catholics!

  • 5
    Another must-have book!

    Posted by Jennie on Jun 12th 2023

    If you are considering converting to Catholicism or have Protestant friends asking lots of questions about why you are Catholic, this book is probably the most clear, cogent, and winsome to read. Heschmeyer answers the most common Protestant objections to Catholicism, using solid historical sources and Early Church Fathers, focusing in particular on sources from the 300s and before. EXCELLENT.

  • 5
    Perfect, there's no doubt what the early Church believes is what we still practice and defend today

    Posted by Steave Eisel on Jun 12th 2023

    Perfect 10 stars

  • 5
    Fantastic book

    Posted by Noah Mincy on Aug 29th 2022

    This book gives a very good foundational understanding of both how and why the early church was actually the Catholic church. It is not baseless claims, but backed by historical fact, scripture, and more!

  • 5

    Posted by Paul Curry on May 30th 2022

    Joe lays out all the evidence perfectly and refutes many Protestant theories and beliefs with thorough research, proving that the Catholic Church WAS the early church. If you like Joe's explanations on CA Live then you will love this book.

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