Jesus taught 7 consecutive parables in Matthew 13 about the kingdom. The third parable of 'The Mustard Seed' covers the period from approximately 300 - 600 AD or the 'State Church' where we see exponential growth once the Roman Emperor Constantine is converted. However there is a sinister aspect to the birds in the tree.
We look at religious intolerance and conversion by coercion.
What were the problems introduced by the allegorical method of interpretation?
Is Mary a perpetual virgin?
Should priests be celibate, wear distinctive clothing and have titles like “Father”?
Should we pray to Mary and the saints?
Is Rome the supreme church?
What about the primacy of Peter and apostolic succession?
What is the difference between Episcopal, Presbyterian and Congregational forms of church government?
Augustine said there are 3 ways in which sin is forgiven i.e. by baptism, prayer & penance. Is that correct?