Excerpted Book Review, continues. Bonus audio from book, linked below. Williams now connects the dots, to show that the Bible has no doctrine of succession, but instead a doctrine of MISSIONS. It is this doctrine that the 'fathers' will distort in order to defeat other Christians in a political grab for power; which Christ warned of, in Revelation 1-3, 17.
(See also Chapter 8 of 'Diocletian and the Roman Recovery' by Stephen Williams (unrelated to Robert) -- to realize that what became the RCC born under Constantine, adopted its own structure, ceremonials, colors, nomenclature -- from Diocletian, not Bible. So RCC was a POLITICAL institution, never Biblical. For Diocletian's 'diocese', see Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome, by Adkins and Adkins, pages 112 et seq.)
BOOK THEME: development of 'apostolic succession' vs. Bible and history, from Christ to Constantine. BOOK THESIS: 'apostolic succession' grew from political needs, not Bible. Bible's doctrine on MISSIONS was hijacked (by mistake or on purpose) to haphazardly craft the idea of apostolic succession, in the 2nd century. Williams presents this thesis sympathetically, blaming no one. (I say 'hijacked', not him. It's obvious hijacking was merely opportunistic.)
After page 86 (limit you can read in Google, here: books.google.com/books?id=LLW6qVX3DRoC&pg=PR9&q&f=false ), Dr. Williams gets into how Bible's Doctrine of Missions morphed, via polemics against other Christians. They created four 'bishop lists' during this process; Eusebius amended these lists into a 5th, to claim ecclesiastical hierarchy. Gorgias Press LLC granted me express email permission to scan Eusebius' list from the book (pages 146-148) and upload the scan: brainout.net/WilliamsBishListsP146-148.pdf
Here's my Church Father Hall of Shame section, read their own words (underlined links): brainout.net/Ephesians1REPARSED.htm#HallofShame . The original doc is better formatted, else the same, brainout.net/Ephesians1REPARSED.doc
Sample shame, Hegesippus (not listed in Eph1REPARSED). Which is more shameful, the guy's own LYING about James and others, or our insipid praise of what he says? You decide, here's the link: earlychristianwritings.com/text/hegesippus.html .
File Name: BishList10-12.avi, 6/5/12.
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