Excerpted Book Review, continues. This video focuses on how 2nd-century 'fathers' began to use an argument of continuity, to beat up other Christians. To do this, they twist the doctrine of MISSIONS in the Bible. Per Bible, the 'apostle' office was to SET UP churches, TEACH their new pastors the doctrines, and when those churches were established, the 'apostle' would move on; his authority, TERMINATES. It was never a permanent hierarchy over established churches. We begin to see Williams show all that, in this video.
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 that hijacking was merely opportunistic.)
Book's link: gorgiaspress.com/bookshop/p-365-williams-robert-bishop-lists-formation-of-apostolic-succession-of-bishops-in-ecclesiastical-crises.aspx
Videos excerpt and comment on what this guy says, but I could only access up to page 86 or so in Google ( books.google.com/books?id=LLW6qVX3DRoC&pg=PR9&q&f=false
) . Gorgias Press LLC granted me express email permission to scan pages 146-148 of the book so you can see the Bishop List of Eusebius, link here: brainout.net/WilliamsBishListsP146-148.pdf . (Dr. Williams' format is easier than reading all of Eusebius and deriving the list, yourself.)
Book is a revision of Dr. Williams' dissertation. It's a gripping read, not like your typical snoozy dissertation which after all, only proves you properly do homework and synthesize. Book's salient feature, is its PROCESS of analysis, which can be extrapolated into any topic. So it's worth reading over and over.
Backstory: I found this book by mistake, when vetting my own videos for 11t (and soon 11u) GGS, to see if I misrepresented facts, etc. Meanwhile, you can read it yourself, up to the limit allowed in Google. Then you too, will want to buy it.
It doesn't come in Kindle form. Yet.
Here's my Church Father Hall of Shame section, so you can read the Church Fathers' own words, for yourself (underlined words): brainout.net/Ephesians1REPARSED.htm#HallofShame . The original Word 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: BishList8-9.avi, 6/5/12.