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often in the history of Christianity, "reformers", by
whatever name, have aspired to return to "the early Church".
The Church of their own day, for whatever reason, fails to live up to
what they think Christianity should be: in their view there has been
a falling away from the beautiful ideals of the early Church.
Whitehead shows in this book how the early Church has, in fact, not
disappeared, but rather has survived and persisted, and is with us
still. "Reformers" are not so much the ones needed by this
Church as are those who aspire to be saints—to follow Christ
seriously and always to fulfill God's holy will by employing the
means of sanctification which Christ continues to provide in the
shows how the visible body which today bears the name "the
Catholic Church" is the same Church which Christ established to
carry on and perpetuate in the world his Words and his Works—and
his own divine Life—and to bring salvation and sanctification to
all mankind. Despite superficial differences in certain appearances,
the worldwide Catholic Church today remains the same Church that was
originally founded by Jesus Christ on Peter and the other apostles
back in the first century in the ancient Near East. The early Church.