Were Christian churches in AD 30-70 basically unified, e.g. in their leaders, doctrine, & history?

“Yes, after all…
  • Arguments that will be discussed:

    Among the evidences this page will go into:

    • They were an hierarchically organized (e.g. well-networked, universally meeting on Sundays, sharing teachers and letters, reciting identical creeds).
    • The church fathers say and presuppose it.
    • The book of Acts says and presupposes it.
    • Paul's letters say and presuppose it.
    • The author 1 Peter 2:17 suggests it.1
    • Early Christians saw the apostolic/Jerusalem church as the authoritative nexus (forthcoming at /early-christians/believe/1st-church/are-authorities).2
    1. 1 Peter 2:17 -- Honor all people, love the brotherhood (Note: we see verbiage like this often, but while there is evidence of false teachers, there are no qualifiers here or hints suggesting other churches as a whole are not included.)
    2. In defense of this, we will argue that Christians all largely saw the 1st church as their headquarters (authority), the saw the 12 apostles as authorities (who were headquartered at that church), Paul likewise held them as authorities, and the Jerusalem church is where it all started, had eschatological significance, and the 12 apostles there were seen as God's official mouthpieces (so it would carry authority). We can see it is where the councils took place [cf. Acts 10:11, Acts 15], decision of which held for all of Christendom [Acts 15:19-23]. It was through this church that everyone worshipped on Sunday, which is no small matter. We see specifical examples, like Antioch patterning itself themselves after Peter when he came. In general, we can see the apostolic church regulating and exerting control over the daughter churches.