Catholic – Protestant – Scripture Interpretation Part 2

Catholic Apologists and faithful point out that they have a hierarchy that helps decide which interpretation is correct. And, given the doctrine of Papal Infallibility, they further point out that their interpretations on certain passages and doctrines are the right ones. Moreover, that somehow this then protects them from grave error. How should Protestants think […]

Catholic – Protestant Scripture Interpretation

One of the regular challenges to Protestantism from Catholic Apologists and faithful, is that Protestantism is hopeless when it comes to Scripture interpretation. At some level, there is ‘some truth’ to this. I have seen through the years numerous protestants stand on a peripheral issue as if they are defending Christ himself. Moreover, I have […]

Roman But Not Catholic – Who Gave us the Bible?

One of the ‘big points’ that Catholic Apologists make has to do with Protestants having no infallible table of contents to figure how which books are in the Bible. Catholic Apologists regularly make the point ‘how can Protestants hold to their principle of Sola Scriptura when trying to figure out which books were supposed to […]

Early Church Challenges – Modern Helps

Continuing on with the theme of discernment, we must remember that we have to read the Word of God and understand how the earliest leaders, namely the Apostles were navigating views of the Christian faith that included “too much” or “too little.” Part of this can be seen in the two kinds of groups that […]

Discerning ‘Discernment’

I received an email a while back asking this question. I am rephrasing it a little bit. “In the Charismatic Church (and sometimes elsewhere), Christians sometimes interpret all bad events (weather, illnesses, etc.) as being from the Enemy/Devil/Demons and all good events (good parking spaces, good vibes etc) as being from the Lord. Is this […]

Roman But Not Catholic – Tradition Round 1 – Book Review

In Chapter 2, titled “Tradition and Traditions” Collins writes well to critique both the Protestant and Catholic sides of this discussion. I highly recommend this chapter. My own view, is something similar to the authors and therefore will expound my own view below, although their way of explaining it is a bit different. I myself […]

Roman But Not Catholic – Book Review – Part 2

“Roman But Not Catholic” is a great book. I love Catholics and I think that they are Christians. For they confess the main beliefs of the faith every single Sunday (The Apostles Creed).  Some people may wonder why then was a book like this one written. For the most part, the book was written as […]

Roman But Not Catholic – Part 2 – What We All Have in Common

The authors (Collins and Walls) point out, that even though this book is mostly on the differences between Catholics and Protestants, the truth is that there are monumental similarities in the essentials of the faith. The major difference however, is that the Roman Catholic Church adds a few extra ‘essentials’ that have not typically been […]