There is only a handful of Christian documents between the close of the New Testament, around a.d. 70, and the emergence of the Catholic Church in the middle of the second century. It is a poorly understood "dark age" in the history of the church. The conventional view of this period traces the Catholic Church back to Peter and Paul in an unbroken succession. However, the evidence is so weak and full of holes that it would not even garner a conviction in a court of law. This book advances a provocative new theory of the Dark Ages. Far from being the home of the apostles, the Catholic Church is shown to be the direct offspring of the false apostles, the oldest heresy of Christianity. We can read about their formative years in the pages of the New Testament. The Circumcision Party, as Paul called them, were bitterly opposed to Gentile believers living outside the bounds of Torah. The sectarians left the apostolic fold circa a.d. 60 and created their own canon of Scripture in which Paul became the wicked heretic Simon Magus. Fusing Jewish legalism to a Christian core, the proto-Catholics practiced circumcision, menstrual separation, and fastings; observed the Passover; and formulated a Christian liturgy based upon the Eighteen Benedictions. From Circumcision to Paul goes on to document the first great reformation of the Church Universal. The catalyst for this revolution, as it would be in the Reformation of a later age, was the Word of God. Marcion of Pontus kindled the fires of reform when he carried a stack of Paul's epistles to Rome around a.d. 140. About a decade later, the Roman church adopted Paul as their own. The rest of the New Testament books trickled in, reshaping their doctrine and dogmas, and the modern Church was born.
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