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Well she's right, as the Ethiopian Orthodox Church came about via separation from the main founding line ... of course, there was no Roman Catholic nor Greek Orthodox Church then, just the Church ... The Ethiopians went their own way in the fifth century, when they refused to accept the Christology declared at the Council of Chalcedon (431AD).I have an Ethiopian friend at our church...she prides herself in being raised in one of the oldest versions of Christianity....
It's an interesting by-line that critics like to say that since Constantine, the emperors were telling the Church what to do. History refutes that absolutely ... indeed the Eastern (Constantinople) emperors tried to silence any discussion of Christology, and failed. They desprately wanted to avoid a split with North Africa, that failed too ...
Not really, there's only a few who claim, or can claim, apostolic succession.Like all I suppose.
Well that's because it's true.Now Thomas none of us are surprised that the denomination that claims apostolic succession is believes that the church with apostolic succession is the only one and true church....we've actually heard it most of our lives.
I can't help that, but that point of view is somewhat over-simplified.
The Church established on Apostolic Succession was founded in Jerusalem at Pentecost, but it was neither 'Catholic' nor 'Orthodox' in the sense we know it today (as a distinction between east and West), although it was both (universal and true).
Thus I trace my lineage back to the Church founded in an upper room in Jerusalem 50 days after the Crucifixion.
The Roman Catholic Church, does not appear as an entity for centuries.