In Linus or Peter? The Question of Papal Infallibility, Geis argues that the Vatican I proclamation on papal infallibility is directly rendered uncertain, if not outright discredited and disproved, by three passages in Scripture (Mt. 18:18, Lk. 10:1-16, 1 Cor. 10:4). Lexical inquiry into other Scriptural passages dealing with the Scriptural terms "rock" and "cornerstone" solidify this claim. Scrutiny of Patristic sentiment adds to the evidence, as does dating Acts' record of Peter's missionary activities. History shows a tension between wayward papal conduct and dogmatic claims, as well as records of excommunicated popes. 18:18 argues, Geis claims, for the inerrancy of the Spirit's guidance witnessed in the practice and belief of the worldwide Christian community over the millennia. The Roman rite claim for a Divinely ordained Vicariate of authoritative pronouncements, having no Scriptural basis, emerges as an impediment to Christian unity, to Christ prayer "that they may be one" (Jn. 17:20-21).
Robert Geis is the author of the published philosophic study Christ From Death Arisen (2008), and two published philosophic works on immortality, Personal Existence After Death: Reductionist Circularities and the Evidence (1995) and "Descartes' Res: An Interactionist Difficulty" in the 1997 collection of essays edited by Brendan Sweetman, The Failure of Modernism. Geis' most recent book is Same-Sex in Scripture (2008). His graduate studies in philosophy were through a fellowship at Loyola University. He pursued graduate scripture courses in Hebrew at Mt. St. Mary's University Seminary. He is a prelate protosyncellus in the Eastern Orthodox Catholic rite.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Whatsoever You Loose Chapter 3 Prophecy in Scripture Chapter 4 Changes in Prayer, Changes in Belief Chapter 5 Changes in Outside the Church Chapter 6 Hold to Traditions or Development? Chapter 7 Linus or Peter? Chapter 8 Peter's Earthy Remains Chapter 9 Honorius and Anti-Popes Chapter 10 Capax Docendi? Chapter 11 Arrogating Unto Itself Chapter 12 Earthly Origins of Papal Infallibility Chapter 13 Except Through Me Chapter 14 Notes Chapter 15 Texts from the Canon Chapter 16 Index Chapter 17 About the Author