I’ve recently wondered at the claims that the Catholic Church had stated that they began 2,000 years ago, and that the Protestant church only began back with Martin Luther or in the 1500’s.
In terms of church history, mainly in the aspect of its foundation is what I am referring to in my question.
Q: Between Protestants & Catholics what are the major disagreements with respect to Church history?
I’m not speaking about who teaches what doctrine, but Catholics will claims Peter as the first pope, I think? & Protestants reject papal authority in terms of the church’s foundation, they usually will say Jesus founded the church and is the head, etc.
I’m really confused to think that Protestants are labeled to be a recent thing as if we are only from the 1500’s and Roman Catholicism goes back 2,000 years, but yet Protestants would say the true church (believers) go back 2,000 years & not 500 years. My brain is warping in confusion with church history here. I’m not asking who’s right, but what are the major disagreements between the two camps.
(1st Camp: Protestant reformation until today, various denominations don’t matter to me in this question)
(2nd Camp: Roman Catholics)
(If I need to edit the question, let me know.)