September 29, 2020

The Crown Of The Caesars Passes To The Papacy

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The Crown of the Cæsars Passes to the Papacy –

From Chapter 2, entitled, The Crown of the Cæsars Passes to the Papacy, we read,

The Roman Church, without dispute, had by 538 inherited the seat of the Caesars, as Adolf Harnack recorded in his book What is Christianity?,

It [the Papacy] is a political creation, and as imposing as a World-Empire, because of the continuation of the Roman Empire. The Pope, who calls himself “King” and “Pontifex Maximus” is Caesar’s successor. (New York, Putnam, 1901, second edition, page 270).

The same historian concluded that—

The Roman Church in its way privily pushed itself into the place of the Roman World-Empire, of which it is the actual continuation. (Ibid.)

Alexander Clarence Flick in his historical work, The Rise of the Mediaeval Church, concluded that,

The mighty Catholic Church was little more than the Roman Empire baptised. Rome was transformed as well as converted. The very capital of the old Empire became the capital of the Christian Empire. The office of the Pontifex Maximus was continued in that of the Pope. . . . Even the Roman language has remained the official language of the Roman Catholic Church down through the ages. (New York: Burt Franklin, 1959 pp 148, 149).

http://www.sundaylaw.net/books/other/standish/twobeasts/tb02.htm

SOURCES & ALTERNATIVE SOURCES FOR READINGS IN CHURCH HISTORY

What is Christianity? (1957) by Harnack, Adolf von, 1851-1930, New York, Harper 1901
https://archive.org/details/whatischristian01saungoog

Adolf Harnack – German historian and theologian
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/harnack

Adolf von Harnack
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_von_Harnack

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