The Roman Catholic Church claims that the pope has "full, supreme, and universal power over the whole Church." Paul Pavao addresses this claim from both history and Scripture. He takes on popular Catholic apologists like Jimmy Akin, Dave Armstrong, Stephen Ray, Scott Hahn, and Patrick Madrid. He also shows that interaction with other large churches such as the Lutherans and Orthodox have caused the Vatican to compromise their claim, even though it was strongly asserted at both Vatican Councils.
This scholarly work is eminently readable. For those that are considering Roman Catholicism or trying to find unity with Roman Catholics, this is an important subject. For those interested in how the Roman Catholic Church arose, its relation to the biblical church in Rome, and the first man to claim supreme authority over the whole Church and all the faithful, Rome's Audacious Claim is thorough, well-documented, and easy to understand.
Well-known Welsh apologist John "J.T." Tancock writes of the author: "I have come to know Paul Pavao as a trustworthy and honest voice in a field where hype, imagination, wishful thinking and downright lies are commonplace. He is not in the 'classic' sense an academic. He is, though, an expert in his field of Church History. He has a grasp of the conflicting ancient voices and the ability to summarise and draw out the essentials."
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Table of Contents
- Rome's Audacious Claim
- First-Round Knockout
- The Development of the Papacy
- Matthew 16:15-19
- John 21:15-17
- Popes, Patriarchs, and the Episcopacy
- Peter the Presbyter
- Paul and Peter
- Clement of Rome
- The Origin of Monarchial Bishops
- Ignatius of Antioch
- Polycarp of Smyrna
- The Didache and Other Early Works
- The Apologists
- Cyprian's Epistles and Treatises
- Other Third-Century Writers
- The Fourth Century
- Rome Makes Its Audacious Claim
- The Papacy After Leo I
- Is Papal Primacy a Divine Development?
- Rome's Corrupt Succession
- Apostolic Tradition Preserved in Rome?
- A Call to Action