[ adjective ] of or relating to or deriving from the Apostles or their teachings
Used in print(Schubert Ogden, Christ Without Myth....)
Although they have also been concerned to stand squarely within the tradition of the apostolic church , they have exhibited no willingness whatever to sacrifice their modernity to their Christianity .(J. H. Hexter, "Thomas More: On the Margins...)
To derive Utopian communism from the Jerusalem Christian community of the apostolic age or from its medieval successors in spirit , the monastic communities , is with an appropriate shift of adjectives , misleading in the same way as to derive it from Plato 's Republic :
in the Republic we have to do with an elite of physical and intellectual athletes , in the apostolic and monastic communities with an elite of spiritual and religious athletes .
The apostolic community was literally an elite : chosen by Christ himself .