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The Eternal City: Rome & the Origins of Catholic Christianity [Paperback]

Taylor R Marshall
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26 Nov 2012
Read this book if you have ever wondered why the Catholic Church specifically claims to be Roman? It would seem that the Church of Jesus Christ would be centered in Jerusalem, the capital of the Jews, since Christ died and rose again in Jerusalem. Catholic theologian Taylor Marshall, Ph.D. provides a layman's account of how Christ chose the Rome as an instrument of redemption for the nations. Beginning with the Old Testament prophets, Dr. Marshall explains how the Messiah would come and assume reign over the nations through the Roman Empire. This book provides an exciting and popular account establishing Rome as 'the Eternal City' of Christ the King.

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  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Saint John Press (26 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988442507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988442504
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 6 Feb 2014
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Taylor Marshall 's book, The Eternal City: Rome & the Origins Of Catholic Christianity, is a fascinating look at the Origins of the Catholic Church in Rome. It describes the birth of the Christian faith from both old and new treatments backed up with writings from the church fathers. It deals with those who disagree that the Catholic Church was ordained by Jesus using the tools of scripture itself.
It is the third of a trilogy of books from Taylor Marshall and was the best one yet. Taylor Marshall 's way of writing is far from boring. He makes the books come alive and easily remembered.
I might just read them again.
Michael Whelan
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4.0 out of 5 stars Roman Primacy in Biblical Prophecy 31 Dec 2012
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In his book Called to Communion: Understanding the Church Today, Pope Benedict writes, "It would be exciting to trace the influence . . . of the idea that the mission of Jerusalem had passed over to Rome." (P.71)Called To Communion

Taylor Marshall has written that book, or at least laid the appropriate biblical framework for that discussion.

The Catholic apology for Roman Primacy consists in at least three steps:
1) Petrine Primacy,
2) Apostolic Succession,
3) Petrine succession acceding to Rome.

The case for the first two is made from biblical and traditional sources. The case for the third step has often been made largely from tradition.
The real value of this work is to make a Biblical case for a specifically Roman primacy. Dr. Marshall's task is to show the inevitably Romeward trajectory of Biblical Prophecy. This makes a valuable contribution to Catholic apologetics.

The Book is quite readable. It's style is strongly narrative, with clear, straightforward prose. It covers the whole sweep of Salvation history, and would serve as an excellent introduction to that subject.

I would have preferred more footnotes, but this lack does nothing to detract from the main argument.
I recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Eternal City Must Be Toured!!! 31 Dec 2012
By Mama 2 many - Published on
Taylor Marshall's The Eternal City: Rome and the Origins of Catholic Christianity is a must read for any serious student of Christian history. Marshall makes the case, contra some members of the academy, that the Roman dimension of the Church was not an accident of history, but part of the divine plan of God foretold in the pages of the Old Testament prophets and fulfilled in the coming of Christ and His choice of Peter as the first Pope. This book is the third in Taylor's trilogy on the origins of the Catholic faith, and as he says, the most important of the series. This book will aid Catholics who want to know more about the historical roots of the Roman Church, and I believe, even more importantly, Eternal City will help non-Catholic Christians understand the claims of the Catholic Church and their legitimacy. Among non-Catholics, Reformed and Presbyterian Christians will greatly appreciate Taylor's Covenantal Framework, and many dispensational Christians will appreciate Taylor's employment of the Old Testament prophets, especially Daniel, in making his case. While this book is a must have in the library of any serious student of biblical and historical theology, it is very accessible to the average layperson. Do yourself a favor, buy this book, and you will not be able to put it down. - Tom Riello
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Potential Converts 7 Jan 2013
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As previous reviewers have likely noted, this book is the final installment in a trilogy. After reading the second installment, The Catholic Perspective on Paul, I said to myself, "I'll be a Catholic by next Easter." Easter has not come yet, but I am enrolled in RCIA, strongly considering entering the Catholic Church. Like the previous volumes, The Eternal City has a lot to offer someone from a Protestant background "feeling" his way towards Catholicism.

The central question of the book is, "What does Rome have to do with salvation history?" Dr. Marshall answers well, with a presentation that includes both the big picture as well as details that add color. For example, did you know a good case can be made that the Catholic Church was prophesied in the book of Daniel? Dr. Marshall addresses this issue in chapter one. And did you know that there was a close, if often strained, relationship between the Jewish people and the Roman Empire, even before the time of Christ? Dr. Marshall lays out an eye-opening account of both the inter-testamental period and the time of the Gospels in chapters two through four.

The rest of the book explores Peter and the Papacy (chapters five through seven), the destruction of the Jerusalem temple (eight), the reign of the Emperor Constantine (nine), and the fall of the Roman Empire (ten). Highlights of the second half include an intriguing exposition of the book of Revelation and an interesting approach to explaining/critiquing the Eastern Orthodox schism based on Augustine's distinction between the City of God and the City of Man.

Chapter ten is a fitting conclusion. After arguing that God intended the Church to be founded and centered in Rome, Dr. Marshall admits that Rome is not our final home: Heaven is.

The book is an enjoyable read. The momentum grows as the story of salvation is told. Very, very rarely did I wonder if the argument might be forced (and those occasions could have been due to my own ignorance more than anything else.)

If you are interested in learning more about Church history from the Catholic perspective, consider The Eternal City, as well as Dr. Marshall's other books. But be warned: you might find yourself saying, "I'll be Catholic by next Easter."
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Eternal Question: Why Rome? 22 Dec 2012
By Brent - Published on
Dr. Taylor Marshall -- professor, philosopher, father, and former Anglican priest -- tackles what has to be one of the most important and precarious questions in the history of Christendom: Why Rome? For as long as there has been the Roman Catholic Church, there has been myth, shibboleth, and all manner of rumor. Dr. Marshall tries to quiet and correct them all, showing the Biblical and historical reasons why Christ established One Church, and why that Church is Roman. Any cradle Catholic or convert will obviously find this book intriguing. Even more, the long time or part time student of "end times," Bible prophecy, et. al. -- no matter the denominational ilk -- must include this in their collection. Any argument or academician that ignores this work simply glosses what is most germane to the topic.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Look at the Early Roman Church 12 Jan 2013
By SPD - Published on
I was really looking forward to reading the 3rd installment in Taylor Marshall's "Origins of Catholic Christianity" trilogy. The first book, "The Crucified Rabbi" deals with the Jewish origins of Catholic Christianity. The second book, "The Catholic Perspective on Paul" proves the apostolic origin and Pauline nature of the Catholic Church. This final book, "The Eternal City" is focused on Rome and why God chose the Roman Church in His providence to be the center of His eternal Church. This is an approachable read but packed with history. Marshall starts by tracing the ancient Roman empire throughout Jewish history and how Rome was a significant player in the era leading up to the birth of Christ. Christ was born into a Roman world. Christ was born under a Roman Caesar and crucified by a Roman leader. This book is perfect for any with an interest in the early church.
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