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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
    excellent study of the early church

    Posted by Carl Baehler on May 12th 2022

    recommend it to anyone desiring to have a deeper understanding of the church

  • 4

    Posted by Larry Ball on Apr 5th 2022

    An excellent book for new Catholics and a refresher book for long time Catholics. Worth reading.

  • 5
    Excellent Read

    Posted by Scott on Apr 1st 2022

    A great book for a Protestant like me to understand Catholic fundamentals from the early Church

  • 5
    A great resource

    Posted by Morrie Chamberlain on Mar 13th 2022

    A very nice apologetical work that lays out the arguments nicely reinforcing to me that the cornerstones of Protestant theology simply did not exist before 1500 AD

  • 5
    5 stars

    Posted by Michael Grantham on Feb 22nd 2022

    A Great book and very good info

  • 5
    This book shed very illuminating points about the early Church.

    Posted by Rose Frederick on Feb 11th 2022

    This book led me to a discussion by Dr. William Marshner on How We Know the Early Church.

  • 5
    The Early Church Was the Catholic Church

    Posted by Donald Schirra on Feb 4th 2022

    This book is very informative about how the Catholic Church has maintained the custody of the Truth over the 2000 years of it's existence. I liked how it used the analogy of chain of custody of evidence to illustrated how apostolic succession is important to knowing what the Church really teaches.

  • 5
    Great book!

    Posted by Sharon Rangel on Feb 2nd 2022

    As a convert, I just can’t get enough information about the Catholic Church! I love my faith! I’ll alway study and learn all I can!

  • 5
    Book review

    Posted by Josh Fredieu on Jan 31st 2022

    This book is a great resource for anyone wanting to learn more or defend the roots of their Catholic faith. Joe does a great job putting this rich topic into “lay”mens terms. Highly suggest!

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