What Does Catholic Mean?
A History of the Word “Catholic”
By Steve Ray
As a Protestant, I went to an Evangelical church that changed an important and historical word in the Apostles Creed. Instead of the “holy, catholic Church,” we were the “holy, Christian church.”
I assumed that very early in history Catholics deviated from “biblical Christianity” so they simply invented a new word to describe their new society.
Since we Evangelicals were supposedly the ones faithful to the Bible we had no interest in the word “catholic” since it was found nowhere between the covers of the Bible.
“Catholic” was a biased word loaded with negative baggage so we removed it from the Creed. I should have asked myself “Where did the word “catholic” come from, and what does it mean?”
Was I right to assume that Roman Catholics invented the word to set themselves apart from biblical Christianity?
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