School of Divinity
Church History, Church of the East, Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Episcopacy, Ecumenical Councils, Church Councils
Christian Denominations and Sects | Christianity | History of Christianity
Skywalker, Tyler, "Finding the Historical Church: A Pursuit in Futility" (2023). Senior Honors Theses. 1290.
Many Protestants today have been disenchanted with Protestantism due to the great degree of denominationalism which is rife within the tradition. This disenchantment has led some Protestants to explore the Catholic and Orthodox churches, because of their apparent historicity. Within modern Christianity, a claim to be the historical church can be a powerful apologetic for several denominations. However, because of the influence of various factors, political and otherwise, no modern church can accurately claim to be the historical church. Consequently, Christians ought to look to Scripture as the sole authoritative source of doctrine and use church structures similar to the presbyterian polity.