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Since there was a debate in the early Church on the authorship and canonical status of a number of New Testament books (e.g., Hebrews, Revelation, James, 2 Peter, 2 and 3 John, and Jude) and the Church decided which belonged to the canon, this meant that the Protestant foundational doctrine on the very nature of Scripture was dependent on the Church.

Thus, if the Bible is infallible, then the Church must be infallible and can do other infallible actions, a doctrine that Protestants deny.

Protestant scholars, supported by leading modern scholars, also say that Protestants brought about the creation of the black legend or false propaganda against Catholics, in contravention of the commandment "Thou shalt not bear false witness." A number of Protestant converts to Catholicism through the centuries have written their criticism of Protestantism in explaining their conversion.

A key critic but also a supporter, Louis Bouyer, a former Lutheran minister turned Catholic priest and scholar who wrote an in-depth study, The Spirit of Protestantism, told Catholics: "Protestantism isn't as antithetical to the Catholic Faith as you suppose.

[Pope] Damasus", states The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, "gave a complete list of the canonical books of both the Old Testament and the New Testament".

Without getting involved in this issue, the official teaching, according to Benedict XVI, states: "while in the Church we greatly venerate the sacred Scriptures, the Christian faith is not a 'religion of the book': Christianity is the 'religion of the word of God'...together with the Church’s living Tradition, [Scripture] constitutes the supreme rule of faith." Luther himself said that "We are compelled to concede to the Papists that they have the Word of God, that we have received It from them, and that without them we should have no knowledge of It at all." "A council probably held at Rome in 382 under St.

(Jn 14:6) Historical criticism also assert that starting in 1930, most Protestant groups became unfaithful to the unanimously strong Christian condemnation of contraception up to that time, a doctrinal "revolution" which led to, according to Baptist intellectual leader, Albert Mohler, the decadent sexual revolution with its pleasure-seeking non-procreative sex.