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on November 11, 2005
This is one of the first books I read on Catholicism. I wanted to understand what the Mass was, and how it was developed. Of course the easy answer was that: it is Biblical. This book digs real deep into not just the Bible, but heavily into the early Christian writings of the Early Church Fathers (ECF's) as well as early Christian documents such as the Didache and the Didascalia. It goes over some very interesting tidbits as well as the heavy stuff. Some items which I have flagged on the side of my book include:

1. Origin of the term "Eucharist"
2. The Word and Eucharistic "rites" were separate
3. Eucharist was practiced at home
4. Bethlehem is "House of bread"
5. Unworthiness to receive
6. The Didache
7. St. Ignatius coined term "Catholic"
8. St. Justin Martyr was 1st Apologist
9. Hypocrisy
10. Charlatan
11. Hyppolytus "The Lord is With You"
12. The testimony of 14 ECF's
13. The testimony of Non-Christians

It proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the early Church was essentially "Catholic" in worship, practice, theology, ecclesiology, eschatology, etc. I wouldn't be surprised if some folks were converted by this book!
Great book! Very informative!

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