I think this contradicts what you've been saying. Quotes have been given and, completely evading the clear verbatim words, your response has been "But now it's DIFFERENT!" Which is it? The same or changed?
Yea to be 100% honest I think I see your point. Before there were any protestants you had to be in full communion with the Church to be saved because the Church set the mandates of Christ as its standards for such and Christianity was one house. However after the Rreformation, Protestant Christians were fulfilling the requisistes outside of the established community and the Church taught that salvation was no longer found in just the established community because Christianity was now more than just the One, Holy, Catholic Church.
Once believers were believing apart from the authority of the apostolic successors the established hierchy kept with the teachings of Christ when the apostles tried to keep a man from doing good works in the name of Christ. Christ taught that just because someone is not of the apostolic community does not mean that they can't be saved. Once He spoke the apostles pursued the matter no further. That is EXACTLY what the Church did. Once there were christians doing things in the name of Christ apart from the apostolic community the Church did not teach that they were anything but saved Christians.
1. I don't know of any denomination that claims to be the one, holy, catholic communion of saints except for the RCC, LDS (and of course, each one of the cults known to me). The institutional, denominational paradigm is not Protestant, we tend to believe that Christians are people and that the gathering, the communion of Christians is thus also people - not a denomination.
People rally under names and titles. First was Christian. Then there were Christians teaching things apart from the leadership of the Twelve so "Catholic" was assumed to distinguished between the faithful and the heretics. Then when the successors split the two took on the names of Eastern Catholic (b.k.a. Orthodox) and Roman Catholic. The Oriental Orthodox Churches are in communion with the Eastern Orthdox Church and the Assyrian Churches catholic as well.
You mean like the DOGMA of the Perpetual Virginity of Mary - unheard of among the early Christians?
Unheard and unrecorded are two different things. But yes thats one. The earliest recorded belief concerning the Theotokos perpetual virginity says that she is such a perpetual virgin. The Protovoelium of James refers to her as a "virgin of the Lord".
You mean like the DOGMAS of the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption of Mary - unheard of among the early Christians (and still among about half of all Christians)?
Yes of course she was the human Holy of Holies everyone knew she was sinless to have had born God into the world.
You mean like the DOGMAS of the Infallibility of the Roman Pontiff and Transubstantiation - unheard of among the early Christians (and still among half of all Christians)?
Well you want find the title "Roman Pontiff" anywhere in the Bible but you will find its original holder Peter and you will refer to how he infallibily declared that all food was clean. The Real Prescence is born from the mouth of Christ in regards to what He says about His own Supper and what He calls the bread and wine.
It is protestants claim to "clarify" what God said so plainly to interfere symbolism to a very literal statement.
You mean all the doctrines unique to the RCC, the ones that define the RCC, all those entirely unheard of among the early Christians?
Well yea pretty much. They are also shared by the Orthodox and Assyrian Churches which all three together are the oldest forms of Christianity on the planet.