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Gore is the champion of the episcopacy. Like all the classicists of the early twentieth century, Gore requires the ability to think logically and precisely and expects the reader to have a good grasp of basic early church history. The book covers all arguments against the episcopacy and would persuade if it rested on those arguments alone. There is some reification in his logic, as with most arguments for apostolic succession. This book is not for beginners or those who are curious. It is meant for serious students of ecclesiastical history and church polity. It should be read in conjunction with Thomas Lindsay's The Church and the Ministry in the Early Centuries. Both books appeared within a few years of each other and take opposing sides.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.