Upon This Rock: St. Peter and the Primacy of Rome in Scripture and the Early Church


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As an Evangelical Protestant, Stephen Ray realized that the real issue dividing Catholics and Protestants was authority. Everything else was secondary to the issue of authority. Protestants accept the authority of the Bible alone, whereas Catholics understand the authority to be residing in the Magisterium, the Scriptures and the Sacred Tradition.

Ray goes through the Scriptures and writings from the first five centuries of the early Church to demonstrate that the early Christians had a clear understanding of the primacy of Peter in the See of Rome. He tackles the tough issues in an attempt to expose how the opposition is misunderstanding the Scriptures and history. He uses many Evangelical Protestant scholars and historians to support the Catholic position. This book contains the most complete compilation of Scriptural and Patristic quotations on the primacy of Peter and the Papal office of any book currently available. It has over 500 footnotes with supporting evidence from Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical, and non-Christian authorities.

"Steve Ray has provided us with a veritable tour de force on behalf of the Petrine ministry bringing together exegetes, the Fathers of the Church, the witness of history, and even Protestant scholars. The work is scholarly, fair and objective and, for all its professionalism, accessible to readers of ordinary intelligence. An impressive bibliography surveys the works of both proponents and opponents of the papacy. I recommend this book wholeheartedly and unequivocally."
Rev. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Editor, The Catholic Answer

"This book defends Catholic teaching against the opposition, using current Church teaching on the Old Testament foundation for the primacy and succession of Peter. A rich documentation, a fine study."
Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, Author, Loving the Church

"When patristic commentaries and histories are taken into account, we see that the Evangelical and Fundamentalist rejection of the papacy is both unscriptural and unhistorical."
Karl Keating, Author, Catholicism and Fundamentalism


STEPHEN K. RAY is the author of the best-selling story of his conversion, Crossing the Tiber. He was raised in a devout, loving Baptist family. His father was a deacon and Bible teacher, and Stephen was very involved in the Baptist church as a teacher of Biblical studies. Since his conversion to Catholicism he is a frequent speaker at conferences and writes for several Catholic magazines.


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