In several verses in Acts, the early followers of Christ are called "The Nazarene Sect" or "Followers of the Way". The word Catholic, (to my knowledge) is nowhere in the bible. I was curious where the name came from.
Those who are not catholic, please refrain from answering this question.
Answer by ColleenF30 at 7:26 PM on Jan. 7, 2009
Answer by ColleenF30 at 7:27 PM on Jan. 7, 2009
Well I am Catholic and trying to refrain from leaving a snarky remark. Are you really interested in the origin or proving that it shouldn't be because it's not in the bible as you see it?
Answer by Anonymous at 8:40 PM on Jan. 7, 2009
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Answer by eringobrough at 10:36 AM on Jan. 8, 2009
The first recorded use of the word is found in the writings of Ignatius of Antioch in about 110AD. (Ignatius was taught and ordained by the apostles.) He said - "You must all follow the bishop as Jesus Christ follows the Father, and the presbytery as you would the apostles. Wherever the bishop appears, let the people be there; just as wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church"
There are other references to the Catholic Church in the second century. So we see that early in the second century, Christians regularly use the word catholic as an established description of the Church. From the second century on, we see the term being used consistently by the theologians and writers. So catholic was a very early description of the Church.
For details there's the article "What Does Catholic Mean?"
Answer by eringobrough at 10:37 AM on Jan. 8, 2009
Answer by jaimie175 at 12:41 PM on Jan. 8, 2009
Answer by MrsHart6 at 6:21 PM on Jan. 8, 2009